Snakes and Ladders

snakes-and-laddersSome board games are simply timeless. These few board games never age and have been played by many generations. “Snakes and Ladders” is one such board game. It is liked by all and people keep on enjoying it no matter how many times they have played it. People play it back to back because they want to win. So every time a player loses a game, he plays again because he simply wants to win at it. It is said to have originated in India, but today it is played across the world. This game is basically a cluster of small squares on a board with numbers written on it. On the same board, many ladders and snakes are drawn or painted connecting these numbers.

The motive of this game is that the player has to reach the last square as soon as possible. Basically, the first player who reaches the end point wins. There is no limit to the number of players who can participate in the game. It can be played by a minimum of two to a max of unlimited number of players.

It can be considered as a simple race where the one who reaches the end is considered the winner. Players roll the dice as per their turn and they can move forward. If a player gets two then he will take his marble or pawn two squares ahead of where it was. One needs to be careful of the snakes. If a player lands on a square with the snake’s mouth, he slides down to the point where the snake’s tail ends. This means that the player has gone back (towards start instead of the end) in the game.

If a player reaches a square where ladder’s starting point is, then the player gets an opportunity to go up to the next part of the ladder.

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