One of the things I like most about mobile games is that a lot of them are inspired by classic board games.
Snakes and Ladders Redux is a free Android game that ports the timeless game of Snakes and Ladders to phones and tablets.
Developed by Polgray, Snakes and Ladders Redux is a great game for any fan of chance-based board games.
Concept and Functionality
If you’re not familiar with classic Snakes and Ladders, the goal is to roll the dice and race your opponent to the end of the board.
Along the way you’ll encounter snakes and ladders that will either move you forward or backwards depending on where you land on them. In Snakes and Ladders Redux, players have to win a mini game in order to advance.
One of the first things I noticed about Snakes and Ladders Redux is that it gives users a nice variety of playing modes.
You can choose to play solo against a computer or play head-to-head against a friend in local multiplayer.
There’s also a challenge mode that requires you to beat 50 mini games in order to unlock more content. This particular mode is my favorite, as it’s seemingly endless and I liked encountering mini games a bit more frequently.
Snakes and Ladders Redux also offers a few different board themes to choose from, and players can pick different characters depending on the theme.
I really like the variety of themes, as well, and I feel like they’re composed pretty well. Plus, being able to switch between various themes means that the game is a bit less likely to get boring.
When it comes to gameplay, Snakes and Ladders Redux definitely delivers as far as being similar to the classic board game.
I like the different mini games, and if you need some guidance on how to play them check out the instructions available by tapping the question mark after you select your “Player Mode”. Unfortunately, while the instructions are there, the text provided is quite small and very difficult to read.
Another thing that’s nice about Snakes and Ladders Redux is that there are a variety of extra features that improve gameplay.
Perhaps the best feature is the ability to select from four difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard, and extreme. This should give both beginners and experienced players a bit of flexibility while playing the game.
Also, Snakes and Ladders Redux includes in-app purchases for boosts such as shuffling the objects on the board and holding your place on the board if you happen to lose a mini game. Each boost comes in packs of 3, 6, and 12. There’s also a bonus pack that adds two additional themes and three more mini games.
Snakes and Ladders Redux is available to download from Google Play for free and there aren’t any bothersome ads, which is always a nice thing to see. In-app purchases are pretty affordable, as well, and the bonus pack is definitely worth the price of additional content.
Overall, Snakes and Ladders Redux is a fun board game to play either solo, with a friend, or for family game night.
The game is very easy to understand once you get the hang of it, and I really like the fact that it adds a few new twists to an old classic.
Snakes and Ladders Redux requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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