The Game of Life
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Pick an SUV, hop in and take a spin! You better buckle up, it may be a bumpy ride.
Do you want to go to college or jump right in and start a career? Will you get a great job with a gigantic salary? Will you have a house full of kids?
The object is to retire in style -- so live life to the fullest and have fun!
- 6 plastic SUV pawns
- Pink & blue "people" pegs
- 3 Plastic Mountains
- Plastic Bridge
- 7 Plastic Buildings
- Label sheet
- Play money
- Insurance policies
- Bank loan notes
- 25 Life tiles
- 36 cards
- Banker's tray
Average Rating: 2.8 in 7 reviews
One of the best games I've ever played, classic! I don't know how anyone could say anything against it. I give this game top score 5 out of 5!
I just bought the game yesterday and have already played it three times! (I won twice!) It's too bad real life isn't as fun and easy as this game. Unfortunately the board that I got, while most of it is in English, the stickers on the mountains are all in Spanish! Trying to find out what they say has been fun too though. All in all I would absolutely recomend it to others!!
A real classic, Life is the ultimate family game. It is not difficult to learn, teaches a little something about life, and certainly gathers the family for some quality time together. The only minor problem is that there are several rules to know. You will need to keep the rules sheet next to the board to make sure you're playing correctly. Other than that, it's the perfect gift for a young, first-time gamer.
Despite several positive reviews this game is not very fun. Its play is simple, linear, and predictable. You begin by selecting going to college or going directly to work. You eventually pick a job and a random salary. Thereafter, you go through several events in your life which shape how it goes. Despite chances to move up in pay or the collection of life "tiles" the game begins and ends the same. The game is predictable in winning; collecting the most money. However, the player with the highest salary will almost always win and choices you make don't influence your life dramatically. Still, minimal fun can be had with this game if you're five or have the maturity of the pretty boy who gave it five stars so, if you fit in one of their categories, have fun. Otherwise, stick with games like monopoly which at least throws in some variety.
I have fond memories of playing this as a kid. So when I bought it to play with my daughters, I was looking forward to hours of fun.
It turns out that as a kid, I was easily impressed by a 3D board and a colour wheel.
There is NOTHING to this game. Spin & move, repeat. The few choices you're allowed to make have little effect on the outcome of the game. For example, if you choose to buy a house, it's end value is determined by a spin of the wheel, so you can't make an informed decision.
This is a great game if you want to teach your kids to NOT think for themselves, and to sit like mindless automatons, slavishly following the directions on the board.
I regard this a the worst of American entertainment. The American Dream put in a 45 min drag of a game where the ultimate goal is to die rich!? It's tragic.
Thank God! the world is turning and we can leave these games in the dustbin and set the table with the Euro-games.
Every house has a beat-up copy of Life on the bottom of their game shelf. Everyone is familiar with it. I blame Life for Americans being resistant to play board games, and prefering to watch TV. Even Monopoly had player interaction and decisions to be made (buy or not, mortgage or not). Battleship required some strategy. Life has nothing.
Life represents everything that is wrong with American games. You spin the wheel, move in one direction, no strategy decisions to be made (other than whether to go to college or buy insurance). Life has no player interaction, and no redeeming qualities.
Parents and grandparents are familiar with The Game of Life so they continue to buy it for children.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE STOP. Buy a game from a game store, do not buy games from the toy store in the mall, or the toy aisle in K-mart.
By buying Life you are helping to turning off millions of kids to boardgames in general. I figure for every game of Life sold 3 kids are damaged for life. First there is the kids who gets the game. Next, the kid needs someone to play it with. Most parents know that Life is a bad game and refuse, so the kids finds a friend to play with. That's number two. Third, the first kid figures that it must be better the second time you play. But, he still needs someone to play with. The kid he played with won't play again so he has to find another unsuspecting subject. After the third kid is corrupted the game sits in the closet, only to be placed in a garage sale when the family moves.
Do not ever buy this game, not even for a kid you don't like.