Game Reviews Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders is a game made by Milton Bradley for children starting at age 3. The game can have from 2-4 players. This game has also been known also as Snakes and Ladders.

The game board is colorful and is mostly covered with a long, winding path from the start to the finish. Players can move their game piece based on the color that they pull from the deck. However, in more modern incarnations, there is no deck, but a spinning wheel that determines where the players can move to.

Chutes and Ladders gets its name from its twist. If the player advances to the color determined by the card or wheel and lands at the bottom of a ladder, he or she can use that ladder to take a shortcut to the path above. However, if the player lands at the top of a chute, he or she must slide down the chute, effectively losing a lot of ground. The object is to get to the end of the pathway first.

This game is both good and bad. Since the game is designed for kids starting at age 3, there is no reading required at all, so it can be accessible by the very young. The game is also all luck; there is no strategy at all. However, this can become quite boring for the adult playing with his or her child. Usually the adult ends up trying to keep children from feeling bad that they had to go down the chute or that Jimmy got to climb a ladder.

But the ultimate point is that the game is very simple to learn and play. The time spent with family is never a waste, so this game is valuable in that way, at the least.