~I received a copy of The Game of Life for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
The Game of Life has always been one of my favorite all time games by Hasbro. I suppose it is like playing any avatar related game or ages ago when we used to play M.A.S.H. on our notebooks. There is something appealing about a game where you can spin a wheel and see where you wind up all while trying to best out others and retire well. For those of you that remember the old version with its little plastic houses and teeny tiny pegs that always got lost, I have some good news for you! Life has had an upgrade.
First of all, those itty bitty pegs have gotten a little bigger and easier to handle. There’s only so much bigger you can get to fit into the car piece, but it is a lot easier to handle and the little bag that comes with it keeps them from rolling around in the box and getting lost.
Secondly, the board has thankfully been fixed to actually fit together. You remember those little plastic houses and how when you folded the board it never would stay shut and then all the houses would either a) fall off or b) keep the lid half open to where all the little pegs fell out? Well, that’s been fixed! Although I kind of miss the little houses, the board is much brighter without them and the wheel is already put together and fit inside the board. You can just lay out the game and play!
Next, there are a lot more options for housing and careers! One of the most fun things to do was always to go through the cards when you first got the game, so it was really fun checking out all the new jobs with the kids. Tot loved that you could buy a Windmill House!
Other minor upgrades have to do with the spaces, such as instead of buying a house at the beginning or ‘on your turn’, you have to actually land on a house space. Also, it seems to me that there are more spaces to wind up with kids. I wound up with 3 before I was halfway finished! Thankfully I got through night school.
It’s always fun seeing how the kids react to different changes to their pawns in Life. It is also always nice to see that it teaches them if they put out a little money in the beginning for school they have a better chance at a better paying job and how affording houses and things like taxes aren’t cheap! Although it is too bad that some things in The Game of Life can’t apply to us, like how you can get $5ok-$100k per player just for having kids or getting married.
I really love the new upgrades and the fact that the game is still the same one I’ve always loved. It’s a great family night game and if you have little ones, just team up! My Tot had just as much fun spinning the wheel, picking my cards and driving our little pink car down the lane.
You can pick up The Game of Life at any major retailer or place that has board games. Make sure to check out Hasbro’s Family Game Night Facebook Page and/or @HasbroGameNight for more ideas!
Giveaway Winner: Entry #487 Cassandra E.