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Square play-on
Square play-on
by (Self-Published) (2021)
Player Count
2 to 8

Player Ages

Playing Time
5 minutes to 10 hours
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Dice
  • Maze
  • Print & Play
  • Mechanisms
  • Roll / Spin and Move
  • Alliances
  • Family
  • Indian Type War Games
  • Rating: 10/10 from 1 users


    Square Play-on is a name re-defined based on the shape
    This is also called Indian LUDO sometimes. It is one of the oldest board games extant. (Don’t know the Origins of the Game) It is played in many homes of India (particularly in the south part of India even today still being popular and known to everyone. There are references to this game in some ancient Indian epics like the Mahabharata.
    The most common names are Chauka Bara (Kannada) Ashta Chamma (Telugu) and a list of various names and regions are given below
    Chouka Bara , Katte Mane ,Gatta Mane - Kannada - Mysuru region
    Chakaara or Chakka - Kannada - North Karnataka
    Pakidakali , Kavidi Kali - Malayalam - Kerala region
    Ashta Chamma - Telugu - Andhra Pradesh/Telangana
    Daayam or Thaayam - Tamil - Tamil Nadu
    Atthu, Kanna Kauri ,Chunga ,Cheeta ,Chanda —Hindi -Madhya Pradesh and central India region
    Champool/ Kach kangri - Marathi - Maharashtra
    Baji ,Chomal Ishto,Kaangi chaala - Gujarati
    Changa po - Rajasthan (source: Wikipedia)

    This Game is a two- or four-player board game, Usually written by chalk on the floor as and when required. This game is an example of a fully observable positional system of pawns that has an element of chance introduced by the roll of cowry shells and an element of strategy (The strategy being the pawn the player decides to move after the roll ). While traditionally played with 4 or 6 cowry shells, Dice in particular Stick dice can also be used.

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