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      23.11.2012 18:57
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      Great for the family with style.

      Snakes and Ladders is an easy to understand game. The box includes a board divided into square ten by ten. All you have to do is throw the dice and move the counter the relevant number along the square of the board.

      The hand crafted wooden board is decorated with pictures of snakes and ladders. It orginated as a game in ancient India and I'm all for keeping fun traditions going. Children enjoy it and as long as there are enough counters available any number of people can play unless you want to play solo, in which case you will have to create an imaginary friend.

      The instructions state up to six players can play but I don't see why more can't join in. It's meant to be suitable from the age of four until fourteen but I think that's ridiculous and I feel that boredom sets in by the age of eight. I wouldn't even dare suggest to a fourteen-year-old a game of Snakes and Ladders unless they're helping to babysit a young child.

      Bonus Ladders:

      If you land on the bottom rung of the ladder up you go all the way to the top of the ladder with your counter. The player misses out all the in between squares and gets closer to the final square. The first player to reach this last square is duly declared the winner.

      Bonus throws:

      Throw a six on the dice and you get to have another turn, much to the annoyance of the other players.

      Snakes - boo, hiss:

      There is, of course, a but, land on the head of a snake and ssss, you have to slide all the way down again to the end of his body and that could, in some cases, take you right back to the beginning of the game. It can be a dispiriting experience.

      There is no strategy just luck. I find it fun for one game but then I leave it to the children and they can keep up play for hours.

      Educational gains:

      Aids number recognition from use of the dice and the numbered squares on the board. Snakes and Ladders is also great practice for counting as players must count how many squares forward the dice has instructed them to travel.

      I only hope the negative associations with snakes don't lead to snake phobias!

      The cost is £15 from Hamleys. This looks stylish. The board is wooden, as are the counters, and I do prefer this to plastic counters and cardboard. However, this could be up to three times more than the cost of a basic Snakes and Ladders game from other retailers. It's only worth the money if the quality and material used is important to you and that is for you to decide.

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      29.12.2011 00:56
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      Up with the ladders and down with the snakes... that's what i say anyway

      It's that time of year again, the time where people are probably inundated with games, be it computer games for the latest games console or, a lesser wallet bender, a simple board game for all the family to play, and hopefully enjoy.
      And it is the latter that I am going to talk about today, with one particular game which I remember from my childhood, and still enjoy playing today. The game in question is in fact a game called snakes and ladder which is certainly one of the most harmless games that even the youngest member of your family can enjoy.

      Firstly, there are many versions of snakes and ladder, such as a Disney version and even a fireman Sam one too, but each one is played in the same way with the playing board itself being more or less the same format, although one or two certain games have fewer squares.
      To play the game you only need four counters, two dice and the playing board itself.
      The 'normal' board has 100 squares on it, ten along and ten high, with each square being numbered accordingly, and you travel along the board in a zig-zag sort of fashion, starting on the bottom row to square ten, then up a square and along another ten squares, although there are a few obstacles on route, both negative and positive.
      These obstacles are in the shape of snakes and ladders, hence the name of the game, which are all different lengths, with each one taking you on a lengthy journey around the board. For example, the shortest ladder may take you up two rows, missing out 20 squares, whilst the longest ladder may take you up several rows, missing over 50 squares, both taking you closer to the finishing line, or square.
      But watch out for the snakes as they will drop you right down the board, for example, the shortest snake may take you down 2 rows, dropping back over 20 squares, whilst the longest snake will drop you back over 50 squares, forcing you to have to go through the entire process again.

      To actually play the game the players starts on square one, throw the dice and move along the board according to the numbers thrown. Along the way if you land on the bottom of a ladder you go up the ladder to the square that the ladder stops at, but if you land on a snakes head you drop down to the square where the snakes tail is.
      This continues until a player reaches square 100, or you could play it where the play continues until each player finishes.

      That's it, it's so easy to play, you go up a ladder and slide down a snake, simple as that, but don't think that it's a straight forward game, finishing a game in a matter of minutes. Some games can last quite some time as the snakes are positioned in certain places that, even when you think you're on the home straight, you end up right back where you don't want to be, starting your journey again and again.

      It is such as fun game to play and, as I said, even the younger members of the family can play it, as long as you can roll a dice, and have a good effort at counting along a board, then you'll be able to play this game.
      But do be aware that it can become a little frustrating, especially if you're a few squares away from the finish line and you land on a snake, which sends you right down the board again, behind all the other players who you'd just spent time laughing at for being so far behind, so now it's their turn to laugh at you.
      A game could last for about five minutes, if all goes well and you climb all the ladders whilst avoiding all the snakes, or, on the other hand, if you seem to land on every single snake every time you roll the dice, then a game could last for the rest of your life, almost. But each game is entertaining and will keep the players entertained and maybe a little thrilled too.

      As for the price, well, it sells for less than £10.00 which for what could turn into hours of fun for all the family is the best few quid you could spend.
      So, if you're not scared of reptiles and have no fear of heights then you'll have no fear playing this game.

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        24.12.2011 20:49
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        A game of luck

        Snakes and ladders is a great way to introduce board games to children. It involves no skill but requires luck to be firmly on your side! It is simple to understand and this board is made from wood making it very durable and excellent for children to play with as it is sturdy and robust.

        ==Price and availability== 

        The Snakes and Ladders board game is available from Hamley's Toy store and other places that stock Hamley's toys. We bought the game from eBay and paid £12.00 but it retails around £15.00. 

        ==Description==

        The game is beautifully sculpted and is excellent quality. It is made from wood so gives the game an old worldy feel, it will also add to the lifetime of the game. 

        The image of the board is lacquered on the board. A mix of rich bright colours with snakes and ladders adding an interesting twist to the game. There are 100 squares on the board that are numbered. The aim of the game is to move round the board and the winner is the first to 100. You use a dice to roll your moves. The twist? If you land on a snakes head, you have to slide down the board to the square where the tail ends. If you are lucky enough to land on the first rung of a ladder, you can climb the ladder to the top step! This can either progress you quite far past your opponents or give you a little boost up a couple of squares on the board. Equally, the snakes will either drop you back well behind your opponents or just a few spaces. It can be quite an exciting game. 

        There are a number of easy to hold wooden counters that are brightly coloured to move round the board. These are good firm quality and go well with the wooden board. 

        ==Overall==

        I have played the game with my niece who loves board games but she is starting to outgrow it a bit now. It is fun though and provides that frustrating element that is a feature is most good board games! When you think you are making progress, all of a sudden you land on a snake and you are sent back  down the track! The ladders are equally frustrating when you miss their help by a few squares and you see your opponent sailing to the top! 

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        14.06.2010 13:02
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        Good for a quick game or young children

        What is it?
        Snakes and ladders is a game where you move the number of spaces according the dice you have thrown and the first person to reach the top space (normally number 100) wins. If you land on a space at the bottom of a ladder you can go up the ladder, land on a space with a snake head and you have to go down the snake.

        Who is it suitable for?
        Any age I would say, provided they are old enough to be able to understand the rules. Also the board pieces are quite small so that wouldn't be ideally suitable for children under 3, but that is the only reason.

        Any good?
        This game is brilliant as it is based on pure luck, which for young children or adults is quite fun, as you never know who might win. It also means that it is simple to play and suits everyone. I think it is a must for any family games selection. The game also doesn't last too long, making it not that boring or dull, allowing you to fully enjoy it for a period of 15 minutes then just pack it away. No setting up time either.

        What about this version?
        This version I think changes the orginal plastic board with plastic counters and replaces them with a wooden board that is more aestically pleasing. The brightly coloured squares are a hit with children and it is easy to see where the snakes or ladders mean where you end up, which on other boards I have found a bit confusing at the best of times. It is a 10 by 10 board, ther top square being (as normal) square 100. The board also comes with a wooden dice which I find nice and attractive as apposed to the normal dice and its overall craftsmanship means that you can easily leave it on the side and not worry too much as to what it looks like (as you can't with the normal plastic boards!). However the price (£15) I think means that although you are getting an exceedingly good quality game it is for a price far above the average Snakes and ladders board price - and this is a personal choice whether you prefer good quality or good prices!

        Personally I would not recommend this specific board on the grounds of price.

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          01.10.2009 08:16
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          Will keep the kids entertained for hours

          Snakes & Ladders was probably my favourite game as a child, providing endless hours of entertainment. The concept is pretty simple & easy to follow, this is probably why the game had been a global success over the many years it's been around.

          The game is played with at least two players and you can have more, but I wouldn't really recommend more than four or five at most. The board has a number of squares and each player rolls a dice and moves that many squares across. The first player who reaches the top of the board wins. However there is a twist.

          If you land on a square where you find yourself at the bottom of a ladder than you follow that ladder up, therefore moving that many spaces up. However if you land on a square with a snake on it, you follow it down & end up that many sqaures back.

          So even if a particular player has a good start, it might not last very long. That's what I like most about the game I think the fact that all players are always in the game wherever they are on the board.

          This is a proper classic that will keep the kids occupied & entertainined for a number of hours.

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            29.09.2009 09:46
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            Liven it up a bit and it's a fun game to play

            The wife and I are partial to the odd board game now and again and after seeing Snakes & Ladders on offer this weekend, we decided to pick it up and re-live our days as kids.

            If you've never played it (or are too old to remember) Snakes and Ladders is a board game for 2 or more players. Each player chooses a coloured counter and takes it in turn to throw the dice, moving forward the number of squares they've thrown. If you land at the bottom of a ladder, you move your counter to the top of it, land at the top of a snake however, and your counter is moved back down to the bottom. The board is a 10x10 grid, making up 100 squares, with the first player to reach square 100 declared the winner.

            At first the wife and I both enjoyed playing this as it passed the time for a few minutes before we headed off to bed after a tiring weekend. However, we did soon grow bored of it and both became a little frustrated. We did fairly well at getting to squares 90+, but neither of us could get past the 4 or 5 snakes heads that protected the elusive square number 100 - both of us landed on snakes every time and sent back halfway down the board. At first this is part and parcel of the game, but on the 4th or 5th time of getting to the home straight it became a bit tiresome. Baring in mind that we're in our mid (to late) 20s and we got frustrated, I can see a few kids having hissy-fits whilst playing this!

            Okay, you might be thinking that this is a kids game and what are 2 relatively mature adults doing playing this? Well let me introduce you to a very simple idea... ladies and gentlemen I give you... strip snakes and ladders! It's pretty much like the normal game, but every time a player lands on a snake (oo err), they have to take off an item of clothing! An ingenious variation on strip poker that makes this frustrating board game much more fun! ;)

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              19.07.2009 20:58
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              Kids favourite which will be around for years to come.

              Such a simplistic concept, a board, cover it in 100 squares, put number 1 through to 100 in the squares starting bottom left moving across, up, across up etc till you hit 100 in the top left square. Randomly place some ladders of varying length so the ladders span from different squares, then randomly place some snakes again so they span from different squares, but make this all wiggly. Get some playing pieces and a dice and you have snakes and ladders.

              Hamley's are renouned for making good quality toys and games. This particular game we, well my son, received as a gift one christmas. The board is a very good quality solid wooden board, which it would need to be if kids are playing with it. The squares are nice a brightly coloured, blue, yellow, red, green and white squares all over. Simplistic drawings of ladders and some colourful snakes are also included on the board. The game also includes 6 coloured counters which are shaped like little men and a die. Overall the quality of the board is excellent, all edges are smooth and the playing surface is quality and does not scratch easily.

              Aim of the game:

              Starting at square 1, the aim of the game is to throw the die and move around the board until you get to square 100, the winner is the first one to reach it. As you move, land at the bottom of a ladder and you can climb up it to the top. This has the benefit in that you move further forward during play. Land on a snakes head however and unfortunately you slide down the snake to the bottom of its tail. So frustrating if you keep doing this as some snakes can be very long. Moving on a snake moves you back in play. The winner is the first one to reach square 100.

              Verdict:

              Snakes and ladders is an all time kids favourite. Such a easy game to play, very simple rules and good all round fun and entertainment. With being such a simple game it comes in many forms and prices. Magnetic ones can be small in size and cost around £1.99, wooden kits come in around £7.99. This particular kit comes in at approxiamtely £15.

              Snakes and ladders is such a simple game you can actually make your own snakes and ladders kit:

              A square piece of card, draw 100 squares on it, number the squares, draw ladders and snakes and you have a basic board. More cardboard, cut some discs out and colour to produce your playing pieces to move around the board, then either find a spare die from somewhere, or more discs numbered 1 - 6 and draw them out of a tub this becomes your die. TIP: Don't do as my son did, make a board but have a snakes head on square 100, the eternal game of snakes and ladders, I am still playing that particular game 5 years on and we are no nearer a winner lol.

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                18.01.2009 02:27
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                A classic board game

                I used to love playing board games when I was younger and always had lots of different games. When I moved into my own home I didn't take any with me and so stopped playing board games as often. It was only when thinking how myself and my hubby had both neither played any good old fashioned board games for quite some years that we decided to buy some games to have in the house. We have now ended up with quite a few games in our cupboard. One of them was this, which is probably one of the most well know classic games ever!



                The game:
                I am sure everybody knows what snakes and ladders is but, I shall explain just in case! The game can be played by as many players as you want really but, you tend to find most of the bought games have pieces for 4 players at a time. The game board consists of a square board which has 100 small squares printed on it. The squares tend to be different colours and more often than not they consist of red, blue, yellow and green. The board also then has printed on it pictures of snakes and ladders which run from random squares to another. The aim of the game is to be the first person to reach the 100th square by players taking it in turns to roll a dice number 1-6. However if a player lands on a square that has the bottom of a ladder on it they can move 'up' the ladder to where the ladder ends. If however, they land on a snake they then have to go 'down' the snake to where the bottom of the snake is.



                The pieces:
                The pieces are pretty simple and consist of just 4 plastic coloured flat discs. As I said they provide 4 in the box but, if you really wanted to have more players you can always use small items of your choice for them to move around the board.



                Playability:
                The game is quite fun in my opinion as it is all down to luck when playing - you cannot determine what the dice will roll for each player and so this means that it can get quite heated between players when the continually land on snakes and end up back down at the bottom of the board! Of course there is only so much of snakes and ladders that you can play as it is geared more towards children to help them with numbers, colours and to also help them to learn how to play as a group and to interact with others. I think it is a classic game but, played too much in one go soon gets boring.



                Price:
                The board game is pretty inexpensive - I bought mine from Amazon at a cost of £4.99 - I managed to get free delivery because I was purchasing a few other items at the same time so it worked out quite well. It depends where you purchase the game from and also which manufacturer it is made by as to what price it will be. I would advise looking around before buying as there is no point spending a lot of money on a simple game like this.



                Overall opinion:
                Snakes and ladders is such a simple game yet can provide a good amount of entertainment. It is probably much more fun for children to play but, adults can also enjoy it too. For the low price that I paid, we have certainly got our money's worth from the amount of time we have played it. I would recommend every household to own this game as it will pass some hours away where boredom strikes which is especially useful when a lack of money stops you from being able to partake in more expensive hobbies!

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                  21.10.2008 10:47
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                  Great family fun

                  Snakes and Ladders is a timeless game that will be played by children (mainly) for years to come as it has been played by generations before us. A game originally concieved in the 1800s, although I am sure it was probably played in some format before then, Snakes and Ladders can be played by 2 or more players, and all it requires is the board and a die or dice.

                  The game is purely luck orientated, and so does not rely on being really good at games in general. The board consists of 10 x 10 squares, each numbered 1 to 100. Each player starts on 1, and the first person rolls the die and moves the corresponding number of spaces. At random board spaces, they will be either a ladder, which can lead you up to a higher row of numbers, thus jumping ahead, or a snake, which will slither you down a number of rows, thus making you go back. The winner is the first person to get to 100.

                  The clever thing about this game is that it is never over until the very end. There generally tends to be a snake or two in the last five or six numbers before the end, so as to make the game potentially last a little longer by increasing the chances of landing on a snake. As such, even if you are having a diabolical game and are floundering way behind and with your opponent in the 90s and about to win, you can still catch up within a couple of die rolls. Anyone can play this, and because it's purely based on luck, it's a good game for adults to play with children, and it helps to improve number skills for children, too.

                  It sounds very simple, and is, but the game can get very exciting, as well as frustrating. The luck fact means that gameplay is completely out of the players' hands and anything could happen, and it is quite funny sometimes to see playing pieces revisit the 90s over and over again without managing to reach that final 100, slithering down a snake each time!

                  I like to add some variations every now and then when I play. If you roll a double, you get to go again, or, to make it even more interesting, punish those who go up a ladder by making them miss the next turn and reward those sent crashing and slithering down a snake by giving them another go straight away. It does add a little more excitement to the game, and it is nice to create your own rules every now and then, even for the most traditional and simple of games.

                  You can buy many variations of Snakes and Ladders, and the boards also come in varying sizes, most commonly with 100 spaces, but often reduced sizes and less spaces. oYour best bet is to have a look round the shops to find the style of Snakes and Ladders game you want, but as a price guideline, you probably won't need to spend more than £5 to get a good quality board with playing pieces and a dice. I recommend Snakes and Ladders. It's a good Sunday afternoon family game to play when the weather's a bit dreary, and it's fun to do together.

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                    21.10.2008 00:59
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                    Decent game

                    'Snakes and Ladders' is a classic board game which is mainly played by children.

                    To play, a minimum of two players must take turns to roll a dice, with the aim of reaching the top corner of the board. Landing on a square which is also the start of a 'ladder' allows the player to move his or her piece to the top of the ladder - whilst landing on the head of a 'snake' results in the player moving back down to the end of the snakes tail - it's as simple as that!

                    The basic concept for Snakes and Ladders is based on an ancient Indian game called 'Paramapada Sopanam' - which apparently means 'the ladder to salvation'. The version we play today was introduced to England towards the end of the 1800's, and hasn't changed over the years.

                    In an age where the majority of kids games seem to be electronic , or of the video game variety, a game of Snakes and Ladders reresents a move back to gaming in it's most basic form... fun for the family! - although it seems that kids are harder to entertain these days!

                    I haven't played Snakes and Ladders for years, as it's aimed at a young audience - but I do feel the game is an entirely safe experience for kids - who nowadays are more used to being exposed to violent computer games and the like.

                    Over the years, Snakes and Ladders has had many variations in style and theme, but the original version can be bought from Amazon for £6.99.

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                      20.10.2008 19:06
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                      A classic!

                      Snakes and Ladders has to be the best game ever invented... for children. I played it the other day as an adult and my oh my is it one dimensional! Ok so I know that sounds obvious but I used to get so much pleasure from it as a child that I thought the nostalgia would be enough to make playing it again an enjoyable experience.

                      This simple board game has one hundred squares, numbered 1 to 100 that run consecutively from bottom to top. Randomly there are ladders and snakes running from one square to another.

                      Each player takes a turn to roll the dice and move their piece the requisite number of squares. If they land at the bottom of a ladder they climb up to the connecting square. If they land at the head of a snake, they slide down to the connecting square at its tail.

                      The winner is the first to get to the one hundredth square. It's that simple.

                      This game is a real winner with very young children, because it is so straight forward... slightly dull for adults (ok so I know I should have guessed that!)

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                        20.10.2008 18:56
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                        Great game for kids.

                        This used to be one of my favorite games when I was a kid. The game does not go on for too long to get bored with it, and the rules are very simple.

                        ***How the board looks***

                        The board has hundred boxes with the numbers from 1 to 100 on it. There also are snakes and ladders all over the place on the board.

                        ***How to play***

                        The player rolls the dice and according to the number displayed on the dice the member can move forward to the next box. For example is the first player rolls the number 3 on the dice he goes 3 steps ahead and lands on the square that says 3. And if he is already square number 3 and rolls 4 on the dice then he goes to square 4.

                        And on his way up if any player gets bitten by a snake (lands on a square that has the head of a snake on it) the player has to come down the snake up to the square where the snake ends. Getting a ladder (stopping at a square which has the foot of a ladder) is always exciting for the player as he can go up a few levels depending on the height of the ladder.

                        The first player to reach the 100th square (top-right) is the winner.

                        This is a game that is enjoyed by younger children and can keep them occupied for a long time. It's also a good family game to play with the kids.

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                          15.10.2008 15:29
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                          A good tradional game to play with 5 years and over

                          Well this a game that my sister and i used to play as a child over and over again. My children love it now. It's an easy game for children to play and at times they can often find it frustration especially if they get to the top and have to go down a snake.

                          This game is set on a board that can fold in half and it has a set of 100 squares on it in rows of ten. On the board also are several different sizes of snakes and ladders. If you land on a square that is at the bottom of the ladder then you had to travel up to the top of the ladder. On the other hand if you land on a snakes head then you had to travel back down to the square which the snakes tail ends. I have found that the children are always keen to go up a ladder but reluctantly go down a snake especially if they are at the top half of the board.

                          This game also has a dice and four coloured counters. Each player takes it turn to roll the dice and then they move their chosen counter accordingly. This is a good game for children to encourage their development and knowledge of counting to 100, sharing and taking turns. The winner of the game is the first person who's gets to the end square which is the 100th one. Often though whilst i play this game with my children we continue to see who comes 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the game. Rather than ending it when someone has won. I have found that my 5 year enjoys playing this game as much as i do.

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                          14.09.2008 11:31

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                          a good game that suits anyone

                          snakes and ladders the most original game in history. I could explain the rules to you all but why bother you all know how to play, its the most easiest game but still so enoyable to play. The thing that is so good about it is the fact that its a game of luck, you dont know what number you going to roll or if you are going to land ona snake or ladder. Thats what makes it so good you reach the top and suddenly you land on a snake and you back to the botom but does that mean you still cant win no because our opponents might be on their way down too. Most other board games mean if you start of badly youll usually finish badly too but in snakes and ladders that rule is abolished because in this game anything goes and anybody can win. Also nowadays you can pick it up for under a £5

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                          30.08.2008 13:45
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                          The younger you are the more fun this game is

                          Snakes and Ladders is an old fashioned favourite. It can be boring for adults but kids love it. I had the normal version and the giant version which was a big plastic mat with giant pieces and dice.

                          SETTING UP
                          Basically unfold the board and choose your favourite coloured piece. Put your piece next to the first square and not on it. This rule was argued against sometimes but I stick with it.

                          AIM OF THE GAME
                          To get to the 100th square first.

                          RULES
                          1) Take it in turns to move
                          2) If you roll a six you get another go
                          3) If you land at the bottom of a ladder you go up it
                          4) If you land on a snakes mouth you go down it.
                          5) If you land on the same square as somebody else then THAT person has to go back to the start.
                          6) You have to roll the exact number to get onto the 100th square. If you roll a number too high then you have to come back the excess number.

                          OVERALL
                          Kids seem to love this game but when you get older it becomes boring. The rules are often argued over too. When we got bored of this game we played ladders and snakes. You went down the ladders and up the snakes.

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                          Snakes and Ladders - the race game of lucky ladders and slippery snakes! Specially designed for younger players, this colourful wooden game board is great for games nights, parties and family fun.