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Top Ancient Living Board Games to play


Who doesn’t love playing classic board games? People of all ages love and cherish board games as not only are they fun but they help you bond with your family and reminisce the good times. Here are a few of the best Ancient Living board games to add to your collections!

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes & ladders is a classic board game that takes you down a memory lane to reminisce the good old days. It is generally played with two to four players. It illustrates an exhilarating race to the top where snakes send you crawling down, while ladders escalate you to the top. It symbolizes the ups and downs of life and shows the beauty of sheer luck. It is known by numerous names such as Saanp aur Seedhi in Hindi, Vaikuntapali in Telugu, and Paramapadam in Tamil. In ancient India, it was known as Moksha Patam or Mokshapat.

This game not only makes leisure time more enjoyable but also promotes social skills and interaction among the players. It teaches skills like patience and persistence which are important in life.

Deers & Leopards

Deers & Leopards is an adventure board game that simulates a real hunt with its intense and thrilling twists. The game tests the supremacy and strength of the players. One player is assigned 2 leopards while the other controls 24 deer. The aim of the game is for the leopards to hunt the deer while the deer try to immobilize the leopards. The game relies on strategy and logic as every move matters. The thrill of the game is that one wrong step – and you will be defeated in this hunt for power.

This game gives a new perspective and enhances life skills. It teaches that unity is the strength that promotes teamwork and with the right strategy, even the mightiest will fall! This game inculcates the spirit of healthy competition, develops strategic skills and coordination in children, and overall is a fun game to play to spend your time!


Pachisi is a unique board game that brings to you an encapsulated form of history, entertainment, and traces of our culture. It is suitable for children over the age of 3. This traditional Indian dice game is played with 2 or 4 players. Its beauty lies in its variations since the board, dice, or coins, and sometimes even the rules themselves differ across regions. There is also a belief that this game may have been a precursor to the modern-day board game, Ludo. This board game lives up to its hype by simulating the grandeur of the days of kings and courtyards. It is known by numerous names such as Chaupad in Hindi, Pagade in Kannada, Parcheesi or Indian Ludo in English, Sokkattan in Tamil, and Pagdi Pat in Marathi. This game exercises the mind, helps develop strategical skills, and fosters team spirit.


Daadi is a fun folklore board game similar to Noughts & Crosses that puts your skills in strategy and planning to the test! It is generally played with two players. It is known by many names such as Navakankari in Sanskrit and Nine Men’s Morris Board in English. The primary aim of this strategy-alignment game is to get as many points as possible by positioning three coins in a row by making vertical or horizontal lines with three coins of one color. Every time this is achieved, one of the opponent’s coins is removed. The ultimate objective is to bring the opponent’s coins down to two or to block all the opponent’s moves, thus rendering the opponent unable to play and the winner declared. This strategic alignment game enhances planning, thinking, and problem-solving skills. It also helps teach children how to be strategical in an engaging way.

Astha Chamma

Astha Chamma is a beloved board game that takes you on a nostalgic trip of playing with cowry shells and dice. Similar to many other games, this is a more traditional and antique version of Ludo. Played with 2-4 players, it is an exciting game of chase and chance that involves maneuvering the counters assigned to you to make the fastest trip to the home square. Authentically played using cowrie shells instead of dice, this is a healthy competition and strategically designed game for the mind. It is known by numerous names such as Chauka Bara (Kannada), Daayam (Tamil), and Ashta Chamma (Telugu) This game inculcates the spirit of healthy competition, develops strategic skills and coordination in children, and overall is a fun game to play to spend your time!

Puli Meka

Puli Meka is an adventure board game that simulates a real hunt with its intense and thrilling twists featuring two players. The game stirs a power struggle between the hunter and the prey.

Three tigers are assigned to one player and a herd of fifteen goats to the other as they challenge each other in a battle royal. The winner is based on whether the herd of goats manages to vanquish the tigers, or the tiger proves that he is truly, the king of the jungle. It is known by numerous names such as Goats & Lions in English, Puli (Lion) Meka (Goats) in Telugu, Aadu Puli Aatam in Tamil, & Hulli Gatta in Kannada. It develops tactical skills, enhances sharp memory power, and requires keen observation and quick learning to grasp the nuance of this adventure game.

Benefits of playing Board Games

  • Board Games help young players to learn colors and count spaces, and it also develops their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
  • Strategy board games are useful in helping the frontal lobes of the brain to develop and grow.
  • Board games help children to focus and lengthen their attention span.
  • They teach the value of teamwork and foster healthy competition and the spirit of sportsmanship
  • Board games help to make bonding easier in parent-child relationships as well as among peers.
  • Board games are stress busters and also soothe anxiety.
  • It brings people closer to make new memories together that will last a lifetime.

Ancient Living Board Games promote traditional folkloric games and culture through fun and entertainment. They are handcrafted with the finest fabrics and the game board and coins are sculpted to perfection using earth-friendly wood materials and natural color paint.


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