YO HO HO!!
We have been heavily involved with the theme of pirates, so this game was a must. Not only are the games and jigsaws from Orchard Toys generally of a high quality, but this was to be no tenuous link to the theme, but a real one!!
""What do I get?""
This I actually two games in one- on one side there is a Snakes and Ladders game and on the other, Ludo; traditional games, with a twist a pirate/ sea twist. The board folds easily courtesy of one central section having a cut, and when folded, becomes a quarter of its original size and thus fits easily into the box.
There are 16 counters for Ludo, 4 each of blue, green red and yellow, and 4playing pieces for Snakes and Ladders, one each of the primary colours.
Also included is one die and a dice shaker and an instruction leaflet.
I usually explain how to play the game but this was easy normal "rules" for each game, and neither myself nor the children needed to read the instructions, we just got going.
**Who Is It For?**
It is for 2-4 players and it's suggested that it is for 5-9 year olds. I would largely agree with this although I think these traditional games can be played with a wider age range, because they encourage social skills and also due to the act that most children know how to play them, there is none of the frustration of trying to learn a new game.
**Price and Availability**
I bought this (along with other games) from www.orchardtoyscom, and it cost £8.00
**Other Relevant Products**
Also from Orchard Toys, these are some of the other games I bought some of the links to the pirate theme are more, but all were good quality, linked with the National Curriculum and were reasonably priced what more could I ask for?
Pick and Mix People £6 (there's a pirate amongst these!)
Sneaky Sharks £6
Walk The Plank £10
Yo Ho Ho! £6
**What I Thought**
One again, I was impressed with the quality of the product, The board is sturdy thick card and plastic coated so it can take quite a lot of useage.
The Snakes and Ladders side of the board features an island with the obligatory ladders to go up, but these looked more like rigging. There were also the snakes to fall down but the children convinced themselves (and me) that these were sea serpents. The snakes are rapped round palm trees on the island and there was a heavy emphasis on mermaid, pirates wandering the island and the box of treasure at the end.
The Ludo side of the board was also very sea/ maritime orientated with mermaids, octopus, pirates and dolphins being the starting bases, and racing to gold, jewels, a treasure chest and a bag of coins.
We have now played this game many times and it has been a hit, possibly because of the ensuing pirate frenzy! Some of the older children have been playing it and decided to design, make and laminate their own pirate versions, so that they can play them with each other and with the younger children.
As I said before, I like these traditional games which can be played easily and which encourage cooperation, sharing and turn taking, and because this links nicely with the Numeracy Strategy, it's a good game to play at home. We have played it with Little Miss and she thoroughly the familiar game with the twist.
All in all, if you are looking for a traditional game, I would recommend this because it's great quality and you can't go wrong with Snakes and Ladders
Thanks for reading