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Hamleys Snakes and Ladders
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Hamleys Snakes and Ladders
Date: 23/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish and fun
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Great for the family with style.
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