Ludo on the go
Games and Gadgets
GAME: Ludo Star by Gameberry
GENRE: Board game, multiplayer game
PLATFORMS: Android, iOS
Most of us have enjoyed playing Ludo as kids. Ludo Star offers that same excitement on your mobile phone.
Every player has four pieces and the goal is to take all the pieces to the centre of the board. You do this by rolling the dice. Just like in the real world, a piece can start its journey only when you roll a six. You can send back other players by landing on them.
Players can choose between three different rule variations. The classic variation follows the rules mentioned above. In the quick variation, the goal is to get just one of your pieces to the centre but you can do that only if at least one of the opponent's pieces are sent back. This is suitable for anyone who wants a quick but fun game. Those who want a challenge can try the more complex master variation.
Ludo Star offers multiple play modes. The best one is the 1 ON 1 mode where you are paired with a random stranger for a multiplayer game of Ludo. There is also a 4 Player mode where you compete with three other players. You can also create your own table and play with friends and others. If you want to hone your skills, there exists an option to play with the computer.
Ludo Star is not just about winning a game; it is about earning as many coins as possible from every match you play. You enter a game by paying a set amount of coins. This amount can range from 500 to 10 million coins. Winning the game earns you twice the amount you put in.
Another interesting addition is the League system. All players start at the Bronze League and the goal is to get to the Titan League. To move to the next league, you compete with other players in your league based on the coins that have been won in a week. The top 20 per cent get to move to the next league while the bottom 20 per cent are demoted. After a point, the leagues become the main focus of the game.
VERDICT: Ludo Star is a fun game to engage with, one of the few good games for the Indian market. However, a major problem is that each game lasts for about 10 minutes. If you don't have that much time to spare and have to quit a match in between, it can be quite frustrating. Overall, I'd still give it a 7 out of 10 rating.