Snakes and Ladders board game originated in ancient India where success in the game is mostly predicated on luck. You navigate your piece from start to finish based on the role of a single dice cube, avoid the snakes, and take shortcuts where possible to move up the ladders.
To begin to play with Snakes and Ladders each player will roll a die cube, and the player who throws the highest number will be the one to have the first turn. Players then move their pieces from left to right, starting at "one" on the numbered grid board, and following the numbers on the board along the path the numbers increase. If a player rolls a four, then the player would move their piece four places.
When a player lands on top of a snake, their playing piece will slide down to the bottom of the snake. Upon landing at the bottom of a snake the player will remain in this position until their next turn. When a player lands at the base of a ladder, they immediately climb to the top of the ladder. When one lands at the top of a ladder a player will stay there until the next turn.
Snakes and Ladders board game rules are simple and straightforward:
- When a piece comes on a number which lies on the top of a snake (face of the snake), then the piece/token will land below to the bottom of the snake (tail of it) that can also be said as an unlucky move.
- If somehow the piece falls on the ladder base, it will immediately climb to the top of the ladder (which is considered to be a lucky move).
- Whereas if a player lands on the bottom of the snake or top of a ladder, the player will remain in the same spot (same number) and will not get affected by any particular rule. The players can never move down ladders.
- The pieces of different players can overlap each other without knocking out anyone. There is no strategy of knocking out by opponent players in Snakes and Ladders.
- To win, the player needs to roll the exact number of die to land on the number 100. If he/she fails to do so, then the player needs to roll the die again in the next turn. If the player rolls a higher number than needed to land exactly on 100, their piece does not move and remains there until their next turn, when they can roll again.
Snakes and Ladders board game may also be known as Chutes and Ladders. The origins of the game stem from ancient India were it was known as ‘Moksha Patam.' This historic version had its roots in morality lessons, on which a player's progression up the board represented a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes).
Snakes and Ladders game is played widely in Asian countries such as China, India, Pakistan, and others. It has been very much modified over the original version with different variations around the world including Great Britain and the United States. Of course, the version offered here Is adapted as a modern digital arcade game. Game walkthrough videos posted below will offer more guidance on strategies, tips and tricks on the gameplay of Snakes and Ladders.
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