As a child, I spent countless hours playing Ludo with my family in the back office of our small grocery store. Our old, discolored board with its four African couples was nothing fancy, but the game’s multi-colored plastic pieces brought us endless joy. It’s been years since I’ve played Ludo, but the memories it evokes remain unforgettable. While it may have served as a makeshift table for heavy items over time, the novelty of the game has not faded. If you’re a fan of Ludo, you’ll be happy to know that there are several similar games you can enjoy. Check out these three board games that will give you the same thrill of racing to get all of your pieces into your home base.
Growing up, I was always captivated by watching my brother play video games, but my most memorable gaming experience came from an unexpected source. During a family trip to Nigeria, my cousin introduced me to Mancala, a board game that has been played for thousands of years in cultures around the world. From its origins in Africa to its spread through trade and migration, Mancala is a game that holds cultural significance and teaches strategy and skill. And for me, it’s a beautiful reminder that the simplest things can bring the most joy.