Parcheesi is just one of the names given to an American adaptation of the Indian Cross and Circle game Pachisi. Often called the Royal Game of India, Pachisi dates from around 1500. Selchow & Righter patented and then registered the name Parcheesi in 1874; the game was already popular in America. Homemade boards exist from the 1850s, and other game manufacturers brought out their versions with different names. J.H. Singer called it "The Game of India."