Joe Myrtle October 24, 2018

India has always been rich in culture and tradition, and games have been an important part of Indian culture since forever. In a time of Play Stations, video games and gadgets, we all have almost forgotten the age old games of India. Remembering the past, here are 10 top games played in India since more than a decade.

  1. Indian Rummy Card Game

Indian Rummy is similar to the standard rummy game, the only difference being the number of card dealt: a set of 13 cards is dealt to each player. All players pick a card from the closed/open deck and discard a card to the open deck. The gameplay goes on in a clockwise manner until the winner completes required sets and sequences. The basic 13-card strategy is to make valid sequences and sets before one’s opponents. At the conclusion of the hand, the unmade points held by the losing players are totalled. Scoring is generally rounded off to the nearest five (for example, 42 points becomes 40).

The three most popular Indian rummy variants are:

  1. Points Rummy
  2. Deals Rummy
  3. Pool Rummy

Nowadays, you can play free online rummy card games online instead of offline.

  1. Satoliya

This game needs seven small flat stones; every stone size should be less than the other stone. Keep the stones on each other in decreasing size order. Hit the pile with a cloth ball from a fixed difference. It is also called Pithoo or Lagori in some parts of India.

  1. Gutte

This simple game requires 5 pieces of small stones. You spin one stone in the air and pick other stones from the ground without dropping the stone in the air. Gutte can be played by any number of people.

  1. Kancha

Kancha was one of the most popular games among children in the neighborhood. It is played using marbles called ‘Kancha’. The players are to hit the selected target ‘kancha’ using their own marble ball. The winner wins all Kanchas of rest of the players.

  1. Kho Kho

Kho Kho is one of the most popular tag games in India. It consists of two teams. 1 team sits/kneels in the middle of the court, in a row, with adjacent members facing opposite directions. The team that takes the shortest time to tag/tap all the opponents in the field, wins.

  1. Pallanguli

Pallanguli is a board game with 14 cups is set out with six seeds in each cup. Players distribute these seeds into the other cups until there are no seeds left. The person who reaches two consecutive cups without seeds has to bow out of the game.

  1. Chaupar / Pachisi

Each player’s objective in this game is to move all four of their pieces completely around the board, counter-clockwise, before their opponents do. The pieces start and finish on the Charkoni.

  1. Kith Kith

Kith Kith is a popular playground game in which players toss a small object into numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object. This popular game is also played in other countries and loved by all.

  1. DhopKhel

Dhopkel is similar to Kabbadi. Dhop is the name given to a rubber ball that two teams throw across a central line into each other’s courts. Each team sends a player into the opponent’s court. The aim is to catch the ball his team throws and make his way back to his team without allowing the opponents to touch him to earn points.

  1. Chess

Chess was devised in India. It is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate.