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Chutes and Ladders
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- Classic game challenges you to scramble to the top of the game board without slip-sliding down!
- Land on good deeds to climb ladders
- Watch out for the slide
- The first player to reach the 100 square wins
- Includes game board, spinner with arrow, 4 pawns with plastic stands and instructions
- Classic game challenges you to scramble to the top of the gameboard without slip-sliding down!
- Land on good deeds to climb ladders
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A fantastic follow-up to Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders is ideal for younger children who are still learning to take turns and just beginning to recognize numbers (the spinner stays in the single digits). It's also a gentle introduction to the higher numbers as players climb to 100 at the top of the board. And, thanks to all those chutes and ladders, it's got enough excitement to keep your 7-year-old on the edge of her seat. English and Spanish instructions are included; no reading is necessary to play. Chutes and Ladders is for two to four players. --Julie Ubben
Top Customer Reviews
Chutes and Ladders is supposed to tell the story of choices and consequences. The illustrations in this version are so bad, and everything is so crammed, that all meaning of the game is lost. I don't even bother to point out anything to my son, I just help him keep his place.
Lastly, the spinner is horrible. You'd think a spinner would be a pretty simple design for Milton Bradley, but the arrow on the spinner covers the number. So you spin and then have no idea what number you have. I don't know how that got passed the designers, but it's pretty obvious they were counting on nostagia to sell this game.
Don't waste your money.
This game has three strong qualities which recommend it to small children. The first is simplicity, so that the child can easily understand it and start playing immediately. The second is luck, so that the child has a fair chance against older siblings, babysitters, parents, grandparents and the family cat. The third is repetition, so that the child can grasp the basic structure of such games and be prepared for those board games that are rites of passage down the road as they mature. As an added bonus, "Chutes & Ladders" certainly helps young children learn their numbers.
The scenes depicted are truly unobjectionable moral issues (who can argue that pulling a cat's tail is not such a good thing for a child to do?), but the randomness of the spinner removes the players a bit from the feeling that they're actually being rewarded or punished -- it's just a game, with a subtle golden-rule theme.
I played this game many, many times as a child, preferring it by far to CandyLand!
Aside from these differences, the British and American games are the same although the layout of the board may vary from one individual product to another. I played the game on several different boards (from different manufacturers) and the positions of the snakes and ladders certainly affected the game. On this particular American version, I can see that having three chutes close together near the end would be particularly frustrating - if a game is too difficult to finish, enthusiasm wanes somewhat.
While it certainly helps if the children playing the game recognize the numbers 1 to 100, it is also true that if they play the game often enough, they should eventually understand which way they have to move their pieces, though parents or older children may need a lot of patience while this process happens.Read more ›
1.The child needs to be able to visually recognize the numbers 1-100, so that they know where to move. If your child, like ours, can't do this yet it becomes frustrating with having always to tell them where to move. It feels like you are playing for them. So, we play lots more Candy Land that Chutes and Ladders. So, this game probably isn't good for preschool children - unless you are willing to give them considerable help (which means no games played among just the children themselves).
2.The game pieces are made of cardboard that fits into little plastic stands. After several times of putting the cardboard into the stand the cardboad becomes compressed and will no longer stay in the stand. So, you will need to try to leave the stands on all the time, or you'll have to glue the pieces into the stands. Considering how classic a game this is and that families will play it for generations and hand it down, it would have been nice if they could have come up with better pieces (like the nice plastic pieces in Candy Land's anniversary edition).
3.In the last row of game play there are three chutes with only a couple of spaces separating them, which makes it VERY difficult for anyone to win and the game to be over. This gets annoying after a while and frustrating to little people.
So, we like this game, but it isn't our favorite. Be aware of your child's ability to recognize numbers and handle game frustration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrendously cramped board, don't buy this version. Simply put the board is too compacted together and not the simple chutes and ladders you remember as a kid. Avoid.Published 4 days ago by HonusWagner2
A classic from my childhood, and my 4-year old son's new favorite game. For the price it is nicely packaged and has a really colorful, sturdy-feeling board. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EK
Perfect game for playing and learning numbers and counting. It helped my daughter learn to count to 100!Published 2 months ago by Candace Robinson
I thought this would be a nice birthdaygift. Buth the plastic stands for the 4 pawns where missing....So know it's difficult to play.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The board is hard to follow. It's set up like a checker board and you have to zig- zag across the board. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Levens
My granddaughter loves this. I remember having this as a kid myself. It's really fun to pass this on to the younger generation.Published 2 months ago by Kim Harvey Rusch