Don't get upset! Easier said than done because who doesn't remember all the fights that this game caused in children's rooms long ago. Pachisi originates from India and is a colurful classic among the board games.
It will bring back memories. Roll the dice like there is no tomorrow and whoever rolls the first 6 can get started. Once round the playing field getting ever so close to home. But be careful - your opponents can throw a spanner in the works even if you are ever so close to victory.
The aim of the game is to get your 4 pieces safely home and stop your opponents from doing the same.
In this game there are always 2 to 4 players competing against each other. The game is played in real time. You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work?
When you start a new game the number of players and the stakes have to be determined. Every player starts with 4 pieces in matching colours. The starting positions for the relevant players are marked in the corners of the board. Now you have to move your pieces clockwise around the board to get back to your starting position. That's where home is and that's where you have to move all your pieces to.
The game moves in Pachisi are controlled with the mouse. If you click the button 'Roll dice' you roll the dice. The pieces are also moved around with a short mouse click. The dice will determine how far the pieces will be moved.
The players roll the dice clockwise and whoever rolls the highest number starts the game. You have to roll a 6 to move your piece from its home to the starting position. If you roll a 6 you can roll again and your second roll determines how far you can move ahead from the starting position.
The players now roll the dice clockwise in turns and try to get home as quickly as possible. If you land on a position that is occupied by an opponent's figure it will be removed from the field and moved back to home.
If you haven't moved all your pieces onto the gaming field you have to move a piece onto the field everytime you roll a six. Your second throw will be used automatically to move the new piece away from the starting position. After that you can decide, which piece you will move during the game. Think of a good tactic because your opoonents will constantly try to have your pieces removed from the playing field.
If none of your pieces is in the game you can throw the dice three times per move to get the desired 6.
If one or several of your pieces are either home or very close to home you can also roll the dice three times if you cannot move your pieces any further (than home).
End of the game
Whoever brings his 4 pieces home first is the winner.