Review of "Game of Life"

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Pro A lighthearted look at life.
Cons Can be difficult to understand at first.
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"Life is like a box of chocolates."

Coming from a family that enjoys playing games of any description including card games; board games or indeed any other sort of games, it was no surprise when as a young child seeing the Game of Life coming out at family parties - and in particular Christmas parties that were normally held on Boxing Day at the house of one family member or another. And even now when someone suggests us playing a board game in particular, it is quite often this one that first springs to mind.

Originally being first on the scene all of the way back in 1860, the more modern version that is now the better well known game came about in 1960 in the USA. It is a game that is loosely based on one's journey through life, and of course it being an American invention holds on to the American way of thinking - thus, you travel from college to retirement (university in the UK) through gaining jobs and qualifications; marriage and relationships; babies, and things that life throws at you being all possibilities as you travel through life.

How well you do in life in terms of monetary gains depends on which one out of the two possible starts in life that you take in the game, the first being a college diploma which gives you no real job prospects as you can't get in to university with it - or the second route, which allows you to become something successful such as a doctor or a teacher.

Being played by between two and six people, the aim of the game is to make your way through life and end up being the most comfortably off - the winner is not necessarily the one to make it to retirement first, but the one who when everyone has reached the end of the game has the most money overall.

The dice is in fact a spinning device that is found in the middle of the board, and there are various almost three dimensional objects that give more of a real life effect to the board - gas works; houses; bridges, and so on. And as you work your way through the game, you land on various different things that can either help you or hinder you - monetary gifts that can be either awarded to or taken away from you; the opportunity to give money to a charity, or you may even go bankrupt at one point meaning that you have to then live off the state. You may have the ideal family unit with a wife; two children and a dog with a good and decent regular income - but then again, you may have eight or more children and no money to live off.

Although this is sold under the pretext of it being a 'family game', there are some parts of it that may be somewhat confusing to those younger people playing it - therefore, some explanation may well be required during the playing of it. However that is not to say that this won't deflect on the enjoyment of the rest of those people taking part, as quite often everyone will need something explaining to them during the course of their lifetime! But with its bright and colourful appearance, it is the sort of game that is very easy to get in to once it has gotten underway.

Being sold in most shops that sell games including supermarkets and high street shops, it can vary on price and so therefore one would recommend taking a look about when you are buying it as even online prices can vary quite a lot more too. It is the sort of game however that once you have bought it, will give you many hours of enjoyment and so therefore it is an excellent investment.

The original game that came out in 1960 has been reinvented over the years, and so therefore it has to be said that this review is based on the original one. However I cannot recommend it thoroughly enough to you, and so give it a go - even if you borrow one from someone before you buy your own.

Thanks for reading!

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Product Information : Game of Life

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Board Game - Family Board Game

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Type: Board Game

Sub Type: Family Board Game


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