A game of Parcheesi in progress

Parcheesi is a brand-name American adaptation of the Indian cross and circle board game Pachisi, published by Selchow & Righter[1] and Winning Moves Games USA.


Parcheesi is typically played with two dice, four pieces per player and a gameboard with a track around the outside, four corner spaces and four home paths leading to a central end space. The most popular Parcheesi boards in America have 68 spaces around the edge of the board, 12 of which are darkened safe spaces. Each corner of the board contains one player's nest, or starting area.




A player rolls the dice and must use the topmost facing die pip values shown to move their pieces around the board in one of the following ways:

Rewards of extra moves

Winning the game


Games magazine included Parcheesi in their "Top 100 Games of 1980", praising it as a "classic chase game from India that has withstood the test of millennia".[6]

Games magazine included Parcheesi in their "Top 100 Games of 1981", describing it as "one of the easiest board games to learn and is perfectly suited for family play".[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Directions for Playing Parcheesi" (PDF). Parker Brothers Games Ltd. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Mohr, Merilyn Simonds (1997). The New Games Treasury. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 69. ISBN 1-57630-058-7. To decide who goes first, players take turns throwing one die. The person with the lowest number begins, then play continues clockwise around the board.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Parcheesi instructions, 2001" (PDF). Milton-Bradley/Hasbro. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Parcheesi instructions, 2001" (PDF). Milton-Bradley/Hasbro. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/Parcheesi_%282001%29.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Top 100 Games of 1980". Games. No. 20. November–December 1980. p. 53.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Games of 1981". Games. No. 26. November–December 1981. p. 52.