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I'm preparing for an India study next week with Galloping The Globe and it recommends Parcheesi which I've never played. Would it be fun for younger kids? Does it have staying power or will it never get played again? Wondering if it's worth buying. Thanks!

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We love it, but she was 10 when we got it and 11 when she started really getting into it. The rules are pretty complex and the game can go on for a while. I just looked on the box and it says 8+.

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It's not that much more complex than Sorry is it? I haven't played Parcheesi in years, but recall it being similar to Sorry.

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I've never played Sorry but looking it up it appears to be a simplified version of Parcheesi with cards telling you what to do, for ages 6 and up. In Parcheesi you roll dice and have to keep in mind the rules for a variety of situations. It took me a while to keep it all straight in my head as an adult. Not that it's a stumper but I would not expect a 5 year old, and probably not a 7 year old, to stay engaged.

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My family used to play Parcheesi a lot when I was in kindy and older. It was a lot of fun, and even today, my kids liked it from age 6 up even though we mostly play other games. I occasionally toy with getting a custom 6 person board made so we can play with more people....

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We have played Parchesi with our kids since they were about 6 or 7. We just shortened the game by using fewer pieces. A classic!

Dd loved the tie in to Kevin Henkes' book, Chrysanthemum

 

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It's quite simple. I'd say a 6yo could learn the game without difficulty. Younger if they can quickly count the dots on dice and the spaces on the board to be able to figure out which pieces they want to move.

 

As for staying power, that depends on how well you and your kids like roll-and-move style games. They're pretty simple, with little strategy, and therefore not among my favorite, but I remember playing it off and on for years as a kid.

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I agree - my 9 and 6 year olds played it a few days ago.  It can go on for a while, so willingness to play a long game could be an issue.  The idea of taking a few pieces away is a good idea.  

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