The Rising popularity of Board Games in India

Board games are rising to popularity again in India. Multiple virtual versions of the famous board games are available now.

Boudhaditya Sanyal
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Board games have always been very popular in India. Games like Ludo and Chess is where the millennials started. Due to the digitization and availability of more games online, the craze for physical board games had died out. There are still clubhouses in many parts of the country where people indulge in games like Ludo, Chess and Carrom for recreation after a long day. However, with the increased dependency on mobile devices, the craze for board games took a hit.


Light and never-ending games like Candy Crush, Temple Run and Subway Surfers were a part of everyone's app drawer at some point in time. Having games that are not competitive and light helped people take their minds off of stress and tension in the comfort of their homes. The need to step out of the house kept on diminishing with time.

This made multiple game developers think about ways to bring the old charm of board games back but in a new and improved manner. A way that allows people to enjoy all these games with their friends and circle without actually stepping out of the house. This was the rise of digital board games in India. Before games like Ludo, Chess, etc. became popular or even came into the scene, games like 8-ball pool and Pool Live Tour could be played with friends on Facebook.

The introduction of board games to the Indian audience opened a number of areas of recreation and fun. Games like Ludo King, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, etc. took people back to the olden days. These games are both arcade and competitive. Tournaments for Ludo take place on multiple platforms with prize money being involved and even though the game runs on a certain algorithm, and you have to be dependent on technology to secure a win or loss, the fun aspect isn't taken away from it.


Chess also saw a major jump in popularity with a lot more people starting out as amateurs and slowly moving up in the rankings. Chess does make you think and use your intelligence, but that is the fun of it. It is less dependent on the algorithm and is more about your skills and understanding of the game.

Card games like Rummy and Teen Patti can also be played online. One does not have to be physically present in a casino to win big or lose everything. You can do that all online. Uno and Monopoly are also available online and this comes with an added advantage as no one can just flip the board over just because they are losing.

These games might not sound very appealing but for the generation that has not grown with technology, it is a good deal. These online platforms let you reconnect with your friends and have a fun time after you are done with all the catching up. These games have the potential of taking you back to the good old days when games meant these and nothing else.


Not just for the older generation, these games are very popular among millennials and Gen Z as well. The simple and easy to understand mechanics made it less stressful and the ease of adaptability made it more fun. Games like PUBG and Call of Duty are definitely fun, but there are times when you do not want to be bothered by winning or losing.

The best part about these games is that you do not need a high-end device to run them. You can have a very basic device and still play them. You do not even need to be connected to fast and stable internet. The offline mode allows playing for as long as possible whether it is on the go or in a social setting of which you didn't want to be part.

At the end of the day, it completely becomes the choice of the people, but these games can actually take the stress off of your mind and make you feel like a kid again.