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Gameplay in Brief:

In Chutes and Ladders, players race to be the first to the top of the board. Along the way, they will find ladders to help them advance (representing good acts in the traditional Indian game of Snakes and Ladders), and chutes or slides which will cause them to move backwards (representing slides toward evil in Snakes and Ladders). The game is entirely determined by a random factor, either a spinner or the roll of a die; players make no decisions at all.


For 2 to 6 players, ages 3 and up. About 30 minutes per game.


This children's board game is based on the ancient game of Snakes and Ladders, which is believed to date back to India in the 2nd century B.C.


Chutes and Ladders was first published by Milton Bradley in 1943. At least two dozen other game publishers, including Jumbo, Ravensburger, Spear's Games and Transogram, have released versions of the game.

Related Game:

In 1986, Milton Bradley published Chutes and Ladders VCR Game, a matching game.

Why Chutes and Ladders is Part of the Games Timeline:

Chutes and Ladders, or Snakes and Ladders, is an all-time classic children's game, one of the most popular in the world. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.
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