Challas Aath - Ludo Game in In

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About this game

ChallasAath also is known as Ludo game in india is a cross-platform multiplayer game that supports Android mobile platforms. This game also supports offline mode, where the player can play with Computer or, Local multiplayer.

Remember those times when all you kids perched on wooden ‘paatas’ around a slate onto which you had traced a gameboard with chalk, threw tamarind seeds or cowrie shells and played an exhilarating game of Challas Aath? Mind you, it wasn’t just the kids. Everyone joined in – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousin – and a boisterous time was had by all!
Now you can relive those moments with this Challas Aath game, and play with family members and friends no matter where they are. And if you’ve never played it before, then here’s a chance to discover a digital version of a favorite traditional game. Play your childhood game Challas Aath on your smartphone now.

Challas Aath is a board game where two, three, or four players take turns to throw cowrie shells and move their tokens along an outer and then an inner circle, to reach the center-most square.
You can play against the computer (Play with Computer mode); or with others who are in the same place as you, using the same device (Local Multiplayer mode), or with others who are in different locations (Online Multiplayer mode or Play with Friends mode).
Each player gets four tokens to place in their “home” square. You then take turns tossing four cowrie shells.

• If all four cowries land face up (open), you get 4 points.
• If all four cowries land face down (closed), you get 8 points.
• If one, two, or three cowries land face up (open), you get 1, 2, or 3 points respectively.

Consecutive Throws in a Single Turn:
• If you throw a 4 or 8, then you can move your token and throw them again.

Killing Competitor Tokens:
You have to kill at least one competitor token in the outer circle to be allowed to move into the inner circle. You can kill a competitor token by landing your token in the same square.

Moving in the Inner Circle:
Once in the inner circle, you can only move if you throw fewer points than the number required to reach the center square. If you throw more points, then you cannot move and your turn is over.

Playing After Achieving a Win State:
Once you get all your tokens into the center square, you’ve won. That doesn’t mean you have to stop playing. You can continue to play and create additional hurdles for your competitors!
For any of your throws, you can lock the inner circle square in front of your “home” square. If a competitor lands in that square, they are locked in and need to throw the same number to escape. On escaping, they can only move by one square.

Challas Aath game is popular with various names in in India:

Karnataka - Chakaar, Chawka Baara, Chauka Baara, Chauka Bhara, Pagdi
Tamilnadu - Taayam, Daayam, Nanku Katta Taayam, Aaru Katta Taayam
Rajasthan - Changaabu, Challas, Changa po, Ashta changa
Maharashtra (Kolhapur) - Pat Sogayya, Pat Sogya
Malayalam and Kerala - Kavidi Kali, Pakidakali 
Kannada - Katta Mane, Gatta mane, Mane Katte, Cat Mane, Chakka
Konkani - Baara Atte
Gujarati - Chomal Ishto, Ahmedabad baji, Kaangi chaala, ISTO
Maharashtra - Champul, Champool, Kach kangri, Challas Aath
Madhya Pradesh - Kavidi Kali, Kanna Dudi, Kaana Duaa, Atthu, Chung, Cheeta
Punjab - Khaddi Khadda
Sanskrit - Dyootaardha
Bengal - Ashta Kashte, Ashte Kashte
Andhra / Telangana (Hyderabad) - Koli kaDam, Ashta Chemma, Ashta Chamma (Telagu)
and in some region it is called Ashtam changam, Ashta Changa Pe, Pachchisi, Pachisi, etc.

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Updated on
Mar 11, 2023

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