Orchard Toys have long been a favourite of mine, so I was rather flattered when they asked if we would like to be ambassadors. We already own a number of their games with our favorites being Orchard Toys Greedy Gorilla and Orchard Toys Three Little Pigs
We started with snakes and ladder and I played along with little man to help him out. The board fits together as jigsaw pieces and there are 4 people markers. The board appealed to the boys as they love pirates. The game went well considering none of my boys are good losers. It can be a little confusing, remembering which way you are going. This is not the fault of the design, it is marked on there, it is just one of those things that is easy to forget! The boys have all enjoyed playing snakes and ladder and it is helping little man with his numbers.
On the flip side is Ludo. I have to say we have found this a lot harder and have had to adapt the rules to make it easier for the boys. If you have forgotton how to play Ludo from your childhood (like I had) the rules aren't hard. It is throwing a six that is! Basically you throw a six to get your marker out of the boat, and hope no-one lands on you or you are sent back to your boat. This game suited big man more than the others. He is nearly 8.
With a retail price of £9.50 it is a lovely traditional game to play with the children. My only grumble is that there are no spare pieces. My boys often lose pieces so it would be helpful to have some. You can purchase Orchard Toys Pirate Snakes and Ladders & Ludo from Amazon.
Are you fans of Orchard Toys? What is your favourite game?
We were provided the game for the purpose of the review but the opinions are our own. Affiliate links are included.