Someone taught me a game that they remember playing many years before. They drew the board from memory, it looks mostly like this:

|  __________ |
| |E|   |   | |
| | | | | | | |
| | |<| |<| | |
| | | | | | | |

Each player began at the start (S), took turns to roll the dice and move, to see who could read the end (E) first. In some places, there were shortcuts (<) allowing players to move ahead more quickly.

  • I think I saw a board like this recently. Do you know/remember any graphical details from the board? Was the game connected in any way with snake and ladders in design?What I mean is: where there snakes on the board? Ladders?
    – beam022
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 13:33
  • I never saw the original board. I saw some Chinese people playing it, but they had quickly drawn the board by hand on some graph paper and I don't know how well they had recreated it from their memory. I think they used Chinese characters to indicate the shortcuts.
    – Village
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 13:58

2 Answers 2


There is a classic game in Spain called "El juego de la Oca", which in english is known as the "Game of The Goose". There are thousands of variants for the board (including bridges, ladders etc.), so maybe you saw a Chinese version


I remember playing it when I was young. Here is wikipedia entry for it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_and_Ladders

  • 2
    The question asked for a game that was like Snakes and Ladders.
    – Rainbolt
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 14:40

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