Skunk Software’ rendition of Snakes and Ladders has no such ambition. That’s a crying shame because Snakes and Ladders is a concept that lends itself perfectly to a more modern interpretation. Although it has been a worldwide hit amongst children for generations, there’s not a whole lot of player agency (which is to say, none at all since everything is decided by dice rolls and chance). Subtle tweaks could either make for a more entertaining video game interpretation or simply keep the spirit of chance intact while throwing in some stylish alternate boards. “Eels and Ladders” does neither. If you’ve ever wanted to play a version of the game that takes up about 33 per cent of the television screen and supports a maximum of two players, well, now you can.
By sheer coincidence, I gave Mini Farmer, a farm management simulator, a spin last. I nearly fell out of my seat in shock as the voice of a South American farmer serenaded me through a goofy tutorial. Finally, some semblance of personality. Unfortunately, the game itself is the only one that seems to be fundamentally broken. The game consists of tapping the A button on plots of land and waiting several seconds for crops to grow. If you react within the generous window of time before your crops die, you earn cash that can be used to purchase a couple different farm upgrades. These upgrades change the speed at which you mindlessly press the A button. Sound fun?