Reviewed by Wendy

What it is: Billed as “the royal game of India,” Parcheesi is old family board game that is still sold today. Supposedly, the game was first played in the United States in the late 1860s, but I remember it being really popular during my childhood (1970s and 1980s).

The object is to be the first player to move all four of your pieces to the home position, but there are ways other players can intervene and send you all the way back to your home “nest.”

Brain Benefits: Planning, strategy, attention

What I love: Board games remind me of my childhood, and I love that this game brings the family together without technology. I also love that it’s a good game to play if you have a mix of ages of players—kids, teens and adults—because it’s not very complicated.

Just the sound of the dice being shaken inside the dice cups take me back to sitting around my grandparents’ dining room table. It’s fun that there’s a little strategy involved with the formation of blockades and captures so it’s not entirely about what numbers you roll.

 What I would change: I’m not a huge fan of games that rely so heavily on luck of the roll, but who am I to criticize a game that’s been around longer than some of our states?


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