Snakes and Ladders needs no real introduction. Oh, OK, it’s a dice game. Go up the ladders, slide down the snakes, first one to reach square 100 wins and survive the slides.
Any rendition of a classic board game into a phone based one needs to do something special to grab the attention. While Snakes Ladders does look rather cool we aren’t convinced it will get more than a few plays.
That’s because it is basically a bit on the dull side. There’s not a lot of choice when it comes to playing options. Loners, or anyone bored on their daily commute can play as a single player against the phone. If you have a friend, or like the look of the traveller sitting next to you, then you can opt for a two player game. That’s as far as it goes. Families of four can’t all play together, though there’s obviously scope for, er, a tournament.
Gameplay is simplicity itself. Tap the on screen dice and it rolls around. When it comes to rest your counter is moved automatically. Movement up ladders and down snakes is similarly automatic. As you’d expect from Snakes and Ladders there’s absolutely no skill involved whatsoever. It is all down to pure luck.
The bright side is that the graphics are lovely. Different designs of ladders, snakes running the range from scary to gormless. Again, though, we’d have liked a selection of gaming boards. Oh, and also some sound effects wouldn’t have gone amiss.