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Online games are gradually becoming popular, these days, with increasing number of Internet savvy people. With the recent global awareness in Internet technology, the virtual world has expanded, providing rooms for more and more gamers with each passing day. The game CDs alone cannot satiate the intense zest of these gamers, who are in a constant look out for more interesting, simulated gaming sequences. The high tech game CDs are quite expensive to afford and quite a number of net addicts get the same kind of thrill, playing the free online games on the Internet.

The net essentially provides the enthusiastic gamers with a rich repertoire of online gaming portals, having a range of exciting game templates. From action and adventure games to strategy games and puzzle sequences, these game sites are just excellent resources of family entertainment. Internet games are generally uploaded in these sites, as interactive templates with rich graphical displays and proper audio back up, becoming preferable substitutes of the popular computer game packages. A variety of thrilling and interactive online games are offered by a large number contemporary portals like, Miniclips, Kaboose and Arcade Temple. These widely popular game sites display both the preview and the real time sessions of a number of interactive Flash games, hooking more and more game addicts to the net portals.


With such a comprehensive collection of single and multi-player game templates, the free Internet game portals are now emerging as one of the most popular forms of recreation of a number of people, throughout the world. The flash games are finding great popularity, generally with kids, due to the excellent graphic displays, animation support and regular updates, making them overtly attractive and enjoyable. The coming years are bound to witness further developments of these online games, being the most popular form of recreation of the people.

Pachisi

The traditional board game is believed to have originated in India in the 4 th century. Its name is derived from the Hindi word for twenty-five, pachis . This is the largest score that can be thrownThe board is shaped like a symmetrical cross on embroidered cloth. Moves depend on the score thrown by 6 or 7 cowries (shells).

Pachisi is played by four players divided into two teams. The objective is to get your pieces to the finish first. Four colored pieces are used: yellow and black, red and green.

The westernized version of the game was published in 1896. This is the popular Ludo.

Ashte-Kashte

This traditional game is the ancestor of Pachisi. It is a game for 2-4 players, and is played on a board with a 7 x 7 grid. The object is to move your pieces in spirals, and be the first to reach the centre. Four cowries (shells) serve as dice.

Pallanguli

This game of 14 cups and seeds is played by Tamil women of South India and Sri Lanka. It consists of a board of 14 cups, with each player controlling 7.

Each cup contains 6 seeds to start with. The first player picks up the seeds from any of his cups and begins to drop them into cups, one at a time, moving counter clockwise. When he drops the last seed, he picks up seeds from the following cup and continues dropping them till he drops a seed into a cup with an empty cup following it. He then collects the seeds of the cups beyond the empty one and puts them in his store. Play is resumed with seeds from the following cup. When the player drops his last seed into a cup that is followed by 2 empty cups, his turn is over.

The second player plays similarly, till no seeds remain. Then, the players fill up their cups with their store of seeds. The winner is the person with surplus seeds. The loser who could not complete his cups has to forfeit them. Game continues excluding those cups. If at any point, a player can fill his cup once again, it is included. Game is over when at the end of a round, a player cannot do so.

Ganjifa

Ganjifa is a traditional Indian card game that is played with a set consisting of 20 circular handmade cards in 5 colors or values. These values are Ace, King, Queen, Knave and dancing girl.

The traditional game of Ganjifa originated in Persia. Mughal emperors popularized it in India in the 16 th century. In court, the cards were made of ivory inlaid with precious stones, or tortoise shells. Later, cheaper sets of wood and palm leaf were made for the general public.

Four players are dealt 5 cards each. The players play by either raising the stake or choosing not to take any action. When no one raises any more, the cards are turned up. The winner is the person holding the best hand.



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