The Game of Life

Manufacturer: Hasbro

Players: 2 to 6
Ages: 8 and up

In this classic game of fortune, your goal is to dodge bad luck and make a buck. Along the way, you’ll also earn valuable Life Tiles by doing good deeds, helping your community, or just taking a break from the rat race! Retire with the biggest fortune, and you’ll win! Each space is a different adventure, so you’ll get a whole new Life every time you play. What does Life have in store for you’ Take a spin and find out!

First of all, our version is not the same one I remember from when I was a kid. There are some changes, like the tiles you collect and don’t reveal how much money they’re worth until the end. There’s a new way of choosing careers and salaries and how those affect the game. The basics are still the same though. It’s not a game I would choose to play often;. it’s really just flat out luck.

That being said, we played it the other day with Amber (10) who really enjoys it, maybe because it is all just luck. And it is fun, especially with kids. After the game’s over we always take turns reading what “we did” on the Life tiles we collected during the game. It’s a classic, really, a game family’s need to have on their shelves, but not necessarily a “good” game.

You can purchase The Game of Life at Amazon.

By the way, a quick update on Stone Age. I was complaining a few weeks ago about never winning. Well I took my own advice last time we played and totally changed my strategy. I decided since I always seem to be sending my little guys out to hunt and gather instead of getting resources, I would get a field whenever possible One field feeds one guy. And it worked. I won by just a few points, but still. Of course, by the end of the game I had like 10 fields and 7 guys, but the point is – I won! I meant but the point is we had fun – yeah it’s all about having fun and it doesn’t matter who wins and loses. At least that’s what they tell me.

I think we purchased our copy of The Game of Life a few years ago and Stone Age was purchased by a friend. The above is my honest opinion.