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Paper and Pencil games – Are they played anymore?

Nov 28th 2014 at 12:43 AM

Imagine a family sitting together to play a game of chess, snakes and ladders or any such board game. Now, that is a distant reality in the current times. With the advent of computers and computerised games, children and adults alike, do not prefer to play board games. Some of the games, the earlier generation would remember playing are:Ludo, snakes and ladders, Chinese checkers, Sudoku, chess and so on…

A game of chess, challenges the mind and encourages the process of analysis and thinking. Even chess is played more online than by real-time format. To make things worse, the computer keeps giving hints while playing online chess. Does it even serve the purpose of the game? One of the most interesting forms of the chess game is the Knight’s tour game. Wonder if the kids nowadays are even aware of it. It involves a sequence of moves of the Knight in such a way that each square is visited by the knight just once. There is also the Knight’s tour game problem which is resolving the mathematical problem of the tour of the Knight. Sukeima, the knight tour number based game, exists as a paper and pencil game, or virtual game. It could be considered as an alternative to Sudoku.

Some games can be played only by using paper and pencil and have to be erased too. These are called paper and pencil games. Some very famous paper and pencil games are Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman and Dots. In these games, paper and a pencil, or any writing instrument is mandatory, as it cannot be played without. Another paper and pencil game that every child of the earlier generation would remember is ‘Name-Place-Animal-Thing’. School free hours would be spent playing this game. Although a relatively simple game, there is so much learning scope for the children, with enough fun too. Quite a few kids would be stuck guessing an animal starting by the letter ‘O’.

Sudoku, the number based game with many boxes, a paper and pencil game; that is the image that comes to mind when somebody thinks of Sudoku. Surprisingly, this is one ‘old’ game that is being played avidly in current times. Individuals who can solve the Sudoku puzzle efficiently are also considered smart. It is math, after all. Filling up boxes with digits between 1 and 9, ensuring that all the letters are present in each small cube, at the same time, no repetition; that is the challenge of Sudoku. It is heartening to see even small kids attempt it. Sudoku would be more challenging without the hints, though.

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