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Snakes and Ladders Reviews
Author: Ken Franklin
Date: 2004

Reviewed by David Whyld


Sometimes a game (I'm using that term loosely) comes along and you just don't have a clue what you're supposed to make of it. Basically this is a game of snakes and ladders in text adventure format but lacking any kind of visual aid to let you know what is going on aside from a row of six dots, one or more of which might be blocked out to indicate a snake or a ladder ahead of you. Progress is made by pressing keys to move you along a certain number of squares on the snakes and ladders board but without any way of really knowing what you're going to roll or what might be on any particular square ahead of you, it's difficult to play this game. 

As an exercise in porting a board game to ADRIFT I guess it had novelty value but I really couldn't find anything about it to recommend. 

Sorry butů 

1 out of 10 

Reviewed by David Welbourn (11 Nov 2005)

This is a faithful, yet minimal implementation of the board game of the same name. You play solo and may choose R (to roll 1-6), L (to roll low 1-3), or H (to roll high 4-6) at every turn. You are told via a six-character string of S's, L's, and underscores what the next six squares contain (snakes, ladders, or free space, respectively). And you have a "dice". That's pretty much it. Just type R, L, or H over and over until you win or decide to quit. Locations have no description, so it's a mostly empty experience.

The optional graphic is a picture of the game board, but it is not interactive; it does not display your current location in the game.

Rating: Not rated

Reviewed by DIY Games (November 2004)

Snakes and Ladders is an attempt at porting an old board game to an interactive fiction interface. The author largely succeeded in doing this, but because the board game itself is designed for more than one player, the port will entertain you for only a few short minutes.

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