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Orchard Toys Mini Games: Jungle Snakes and Ladders

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Official testerPRODUCT: Orchard Toys Mini Games: Jungle Snakes and Ladders (www.orchardtoys.com)Orchard Toyrs snakes and ladders

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player board game, based on the classic snakes and ladders game with a jungle theme. Includes 1 x jigged playing board, 4 x coloured counters and 1 x dice. Suitable for children aged 4 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: Orchard Toys have just released a brilliant range of six mini games, including Jungle Snakes and Ladders - a classic family favourite but with a jungle twist that kids will love!

Aimed primarily at preschoolers, Jungle Snakes and Ladders is designed to be easy to transport and carry, so makes the perfects travel game for trips and holidays. It is also a great way for young children to practise their counting skills, as well as encouraging social communication and learning to take turns.

The game consists of six jigged pieces which your child can have fun putting together to create the main playing board. The pieces are wonderfully illustrated and coloured, and together show a traditional snakes and ladders layout, with a start and a finish square, 45 numbered squares in between, and several snakes and ladders to help or impede play! Young children will particularly love the jungle themed additions to the illustrations. The game also includes four counters in varying colours and a small dice.

For those not familiar with the traditional rules, the aim of the game is for players to each choose a counter which they place on the 'start' square, and then take turns to roll the dice and move round the board to try to be the first to reach the 'finish' square.

Beware however as there are some aids and obstacles along the way to make play more unpredictable. If a player lands on the bottom of a ladder, they can move their counter to the top of the ladder, thereby skipping a number of squares. If however they land on a snake's head, they have to move the counter down to the bottom of the snake's tail, thereby going back down the board where they must work their way back up.

The game comes in an attractively packaged small reusable box, and for newcomers to the game there are some useful instructions on how to play printed on the reverse of the packaging.

In our opinion, this is a simple, fun and classic board game, with a brilliantly compact design and a very reasonably pricetag!

BAD POINTS: None that we can find!

PRICE: £4.99

 

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