Snakes and Ladders is an ancientIndian board game regarded today as a worldwideclassic. It is played between two or more players ona gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of “ladders”and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting twospecific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one’sgame piece, according to die rolls, from the start(bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered byladders and snakes respectively.
The game is a simple race contest based on sheer luck, and ispopular with young children. The historic version had root inmorality lessons, where a player’s progression up the boardrepresented a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) andvices (snakes). A commercial version with different moralitylessons, Chutes and Ladders, is published by MiltonBradley.
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