Board games with an Indian twist that are being lapped up by youngsters have been redesigned for more fun. Prabalika M. Borah checks out a game in progress

“But aren't we playing it wrong?” How can Jatayu meet Rama and Laxman towards the end of the game? In the Ramayana, isn't it Jatayu who first gives a clue of Sita, when they meet him first,” cries Armaan. “You are right,” adds Hansu, as her sister, Manya reaches out for the game manual to follow instructions. Game resumes and the laughter is back.

Four tiny padukas in four different colours serve as the coins, two tiny metal bars (like the one Mahabharata's Shakuni uses) are the dice and conches are the astras that help the players earn bonus points and move forward towards victory. This is the Indianised version of the famous snakes and ladders game – here christened as ‘Search for Sita (Part 2)'.

New game

‘Search for Sita' is the new board game from Kreeda, which attempts to get children acquainted with Indian mythology, but it also makes the game more interesting as the players get to collect weapons (in this case, conches).

This is one of the many different board games which are available these days. And what's best, these games are not just meant for children but can be played by elders as well.

“I chanced upon this game as I was picking a chess board for my nephew. And since they stay abroad I felt this should be an awesome game for our kids to show and share an Indian board game with their friends in school and in turn learn and share a little of our mythology,” says Roshni, a mother.

However, this isn't only the board game that looks interesting; to make it interesting and appealing to children a lot of innovation was put to use in its design.

Right from illustrating the board game with interesting pictures, to designing the coins and the dice, board games have undergone a sea change. And children love it.

“I love the game where the coins are shaped as colourful birds. “Children definitely need something new to keep them glued to a game. The traditional Ludo is simple, which isn't enough to keep their attention for long,” says Madhuri, a teacher.

The basic rules of the games mostly remain the same. What differs is the way in which the players reach the destination by crossing various hurdles along the way.

The popular native `Atacama' game also has a new look with a few additions to the design to appealto the children. Mostly available in ethnic showrooms, the games aren't very expensive considering the design and materials used.

Décor for your home

‘The Board Games also make for wonderful interior decorative pieces.

They are so colourful and visually appealing that they can be used as wall hangings as well, without the coins.

A few which come in ivory or camel bone can be used as decorative pieces for centre tables.

The Ludo game with colourful wooden birds as coins will surely enhance the visual appeal of your glass top table.