What It Is
People in the U.S. will be familiar with this game as Chutes & Ladders. This classic preschool game has been interpreted for the iPad with a Western theme, sound, and animations that bring the game to life and make great use of the iPad for young kids.
The set includes four colored pawns that are abrasion-resistant, so you can put them right on the iPad without worrying about scratching your screen. Download the free app from the Apple App Store, set your language and country, and you're ready to play. Each player spins the die by swiping it on the iPad screen, then moves their pawn the corresponding number of spaces on the iPad. As you touch each space on the game board, you'll hear the sound of a boot walking. What keeps the game from being a simple counting game are the twists and turns. If you land on a ladder space, you can place the ladder piece on the board and hop across two rows. But if you land on a snake, you slide right back down through it and go back a few rows. There's also a lot of comedy for little ones. Land on a cactus and you'll hear, "Ouch!" The game continues until one player lands at the end by exact count, at which point that player will be congratulated by the game. iPieces Snakes & Ladders is for two to four players. Also included are two iPieces ladders.
Why It’s Fun
We really love the look of this game and the gentle pace, which is perfect for preschoolers. The tiny pieces and the compact package make it easy to take the game wherever you're going. The simplicity of the application and the good pace of the game deliver a very good experience for young game players.
Who It’s For
iPieces Snakes & Ladders is for ages 4 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
It can take about 8–15 minutes to play one game, depending on how many players there are.
When you land on a space, you'll want to instruct kids to keep their fingers on the pawns, so the conductivity is maintained with the iPad, until the animation and sounds are complete.