The Game of Life: Star Wars: A Jedi's Path
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In this special edition of Milton Bradley's classic game of Life, experience life as a young Padawan.
Attend the Jedi temple on Coruscant, where you will be trained by the Jedi Masters of the galaxy. Advance through training, gain skills, learn the ways of the Force, and complete off-world missions.
But beware, there are two paths to choose... one which will lead you closer to becoming a Jedi Knight -- the other will corrupt you and teach you the ways of the Sith. Will you take the dark path where evil lurks and flourishes until redemption is found? Or will you follow the light side of the Force, take the trials, and become a Jedi Knight?
My son and I love to play this game. It is much better than the original Game of Life.
You move around the board building up skills with small tokens with multiple chances to go down the dreaded "Dark Side". Each time you land on a Dark Side space you get one Dark Side point.
In the end the winner is the one that has accumulated the most skills unless one has accumulated too many Dark Side points and then there is a battle between the best Jedi and the best Sith Lord. Best is determined by he who has the most skills.
The game has an interesting dynamic with mission cards, lesson cards, Jedi Masters and Light Sabres. Each is an opportunity to gain more skills.
To win as a Sith Lord you must outrank all the Jedi in every skill.
The game is quite fun and my five-year-old loves it.
We played this game for the first time the other day and it was very enjoyable. This game is nothing like the original game of Life. In my opinion, that is a great compliment.
Now I have to admit I am a Star Wars fanatic, but I will try not to allow that fact to skew my review. I believe this game will appeal to the whole family, and an advanced knowledge of the Star Wars universe is unnecessary to play. I will say that if you have never seen any Star Wars movies or completely detest them then you will probably fail to get in the proper mood for this game, but everyone else can enjoy.
The improvement of this game over the original Life game is simple, you are forced to make more choices. The luck factor is diminished significantly and this makes for a great improvement. Almost every turn you are told to collect a power tile and it is completely your decision what to collect based on what kind of Jedi you wish to become. Do you want to be strong in "Fighting", or will you specialize in "Logic", or will you be a Jedi that is in true balance with the Force?
OK now for the down sides (they're insignificant really, but enough to keep this review from being 5 stars). First of all, there is still a luck factor to some of the game, after all you do spin a spinner to determine what spaces you'll land on. That brings me to the other down side...that spinner. We had the same problem with this spinner that we have with the original Life game, it just doesn't want to spin right. I would recommend using a 10-sided die instead (we will be next time).
Overall, this is a great game for everyone and it makes an old classic game look brand new. Great for Jedi of almost any age.