Everyone loves a good board game.
Incredibly enough, not everyone knows what “Parchis” is outside Spain. I saw many games that are also in the UK or even in Europe, but I think we kept this one to ourselves. In fact it came from India originally.
Parcheesi is a board that can hold 4 players. (I just found out some big stores can have up to 8!) They are distinguished by colours, red, blue, yellow and green.
There is a dice, and usually each player has a dice “barrel” which you shake your dice with, and also 4 “tokens” that you must take around the board until they reach their “home”.
In poor or messy families like mine, tokens and dices or even barrels were often lost, but as long as there was a dice, we could always make use of buttons as tokens. No such a thing as “cannot play”.
There were poshier versions with a plastic cover where you could simply press a button so the dice would roll itself within that section.
Or a lovely version that my sister in law had, with “The Smurfs”. I remember having all my mini Smurfs continuously lined up throughout the board, not sure how I managed that but it was pretty cute to watch.
To my dismay, I just found out that "The Smurfs parchis" boards were discontinued back in 2012. They have been manufactured for 28 years by Comansi, due to the license expiring. The news came directly from Nuremberg’s trade.
I have the original Smurf’s board, but I cannot for the life of me find the lovely Smurf houses that came with mini Smurfs, I hope they are buried somewhere at my mum’s.. cross fingers for me!
Home door is:
- your coloured field next to your home.
- the start of your journey.
- your absolute safe spot.
- licensed to eat.
The goal is to go through all of the board until you reach your “home” (your coloured triangle).
There are 68 fields.
If for any reason the player cannot advance, it will give away their turn to the next player.