If you have ever played Chutes and Ladders, also called Snakes and Ladders, you’ll quickly find its a boring and very repetitive game.
Despite this, I was getting about one request a week to create this game. Over two years, that’s over 100 people – adults and children – asking for it.
Snakes and Ladders is played on a grid, laid out in 10 rows of 10 columns, numbered from 1 to 100. You roll one die, and move up the number of squares that you roll. Connecting some of the squares are ladders, which move you up faster; for example, the square with the number 7 is connected to the number 42 square. When you land in square 76, you are moved to square 42. Similarly, there are snakes or chutes which drop you back. If you land in square 87, you are sent back to square 24
The winner is the first player to land in square 100.The game is entirely based on luck, so unless you are a young child, it’s not very exciting.
For adults, we made the game more playable by making it a trivia game. After you roll the die, you must answer a trivia question correctly. If you are wrong, you skip your turn.
For children, we turned the game into an arithmetic game. After you roll the die, you have to solve an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problem, such as 63 divided by 7. If you get the correct answer, you move as normal; otherwise, you skip your turn.
Teachers are now starting to use this game as a way to practice 1 and 2 digit arithmetic problems, and students love playing the game.
You can download Blindfold Snakes and Puzzles here: