Life on suburban Mumbai train is slow and frustrating. If it is not the dirt and grime, it is the time-consuming trip that makes travellers desperate. But coming to the rescue of these helpless and suffering souls is a game straight out of last century – Ludo. And it is not the cardboard variety, it is all digital. What is more, it does not matter if you are travelling alone, finding a partner or two, or more is not a problem either.
Yes, the game of Ludo has evolved over the years. From being an indoor game, you can now also play it on your mobile phone. But explaining how much of an attraction it has become on this train system is an Indian Express first-hand report. A group of men, after boarding the Kalyan semi-fast middle first-class coach from CST terminal in Mumbai are deeply in discussion about how good they are in the game. Once on board the train, two players sit across each other as one of them brings out the phone from his pocket and they start playing the Ludo King game. The other person plays the game on his mobile phone with ‘computer’. The journey is long and yet none of them look bored as the miles pass by. They are totally engrossed in the game and even get excited as they register a win.
According to the Indian Express, when asked, one of them said, “The hours pass by so soon, that sometimes we are mid-game when the station arrives. It also helps us unwind after a long workday before we reach home.”.
Before Ludo, train commuters were hooked to other games like Subway Surfer and such games, but now, there is no looking back for these games.
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Others, like Aishwarya Nair, who works in a media organisation, said that she felt the game was a good way to pass time while travelling in trains.
Yet another commuter told the Indian Express that for those who work in places like Zaveri Bazaar in South Mumbai, and take the train from Churchgate station after 10 pm, were even seen placing bets on the game.