Snakes and Ladders is known worldwide as a classic game. It is played between two or more players on a game board having numbered, gridded squares. A number of 'ladders' and 'snakes' are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece from the start bottom square to the finish top square, helped by snakes and ladders, respectively. The historic version had root in morality lessons, where a player's progression up the board represented a life journey complicated by snake and ladders.
The children's game of snakes and ladders works as follows; You throw a dice and move forward on the squares according to the number you received. If you land on a square that indicates a ladder then you progress to a much higher number on the board. Should you land on a square that represents a snakes head then you lose all the progress that you have made and will have to start over again.
The board game was known by the name Mokshapat or Moksha Patamu, in ancient India, It's not exactly known when or who invented it, though it's believed the game was played at a time as early as 2nd century BC. According to some historians, the game was invented by Saint Gyandev in the 13th century AD. The snakes outnumbered the ladders in the original Hindu game. The game was transported to England by the colonial rulers in the latter part of the 19th century, with some modifications. The modified game was named Snakes and Ladders and stripped of its moral and religious aspects and the number of ladders and snakes were equalized. In 1943, the game was introduced in the US under the name Chutes and Ladders.