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9 thoughts on “game life

  1. Short review: Yes, this is the original version of Life that you are looking for. If you want the version that you had as a kid, this is it. Buy it.Long review: I had The Game of Life when I was a kid (in the ’70’s). I don’t know what eventually happened to it, but I do not have it anymore. I bought a new edition of the game a few years ago. It was NOT the same as the old version that I had as a kid. It was a BAD new version. There was too much chance involved, little interaction between players, and the details of what happened to you during the game had little effect on the outcome because there are these dopey little tiles that are worth a huge amount of money that dwarfs any money you might have made during the game. So, although the new version of the game might reflect real life in that what you do during your life has no effect on how it ends, it wasn’t very fun.This version that I’m reviewing now is the GREAT old version. You have to actually make decisions that have an effect on the outcome, although there is still quite a bit of chance involved. The box says it’s for ages 10 and up, but my 7 and 9 year olds really enjoy it and they’re learning a little about insurance, taxes, making money decisions, and, of course, revenge.Contrary to what another reviewer said, I don’t notice any difference in the quality of this game versus what I recall of the version of my youth. The buildings look great and the printing on the board is fine. I was excited to see that the print style on the Share the Wealth cards was exactly the same as my childhood version. It is true that there are no images of Art Linkletter on this edition of the game, but if that is extremely important to you, you can probably print some from the internet and tape them to the box.The game takes us about an hour to play with 4 people, two of whom are children who are occasionally somewhat distractible.So although you may disagree with one of the ultimate lessons of this game, that the person who ends life with the most money is the winner, it’s really a good game and there are actually other useful lessons about how life works that I didn’t really notice as a kid. I gave it four stars for durability only because the money and cards and board will probably start to show some wear after awhile, but that can’t be helped. And four stars for educational value because not all of the events that occur are entirely plausible or realistic. But five stars for fun and five stars overall because it is really a great game and because I was so excited to see that future generations will not have only that horrible new version of the game available to them.

  2. I gave the board game last Sunday for my daughters birthday. The quality of the game is great. I preferred to buy the first edition classic reproduction that costs almost double then the newer versions, just to make sure to get the “real” game.My daughter was disappointed as she prefers the cheaper version that has extra cards and makes the game more fun to play. For example buying a house with the classic version, it just tells you to pay 15.000$ with no return. In the newer version you can actually chose the card with a picture of the house you would like to buy at which price. I regret I did not buy the newer version but can’t return the product any longer as the return period has expired.

  3. I’m not one who usually leaves reviews, but I thought I would on this to give a heads up. We bought this for our 7 year old daughter for Christmas. Wy wife grew up playing the older version of this and wanted her to have fun growing up with it as well. We sat down to play it Christmas Day and overall were really disappointed. There has so much changed in the newer version, I would recommend anyone to look for a classic version of the game.To start with, the spinner tray doesn’t attach to the game board very well, with people reaching over to spin the spinner all the time, it easily works itself away from the board. The spinner itself was horrible, you can never get a good spin on it and now there’s a little roulette-style wheel on the inner circle of the spinner that you have to use that I’m not sure if it’s supposed to turn like it does on ours, but it’s sometimes difficult to determine where the needle is pointing. I do miss the raised up path on the old board, but that’s pretty minor and I get that having the completely flat board is easier to pack away.As far as gameplay, it seems like it takes WAY longer than it used to. It seems like there are so many rules and things you have to do that every turn takes a couple of minutes. I do actually like the added activities on some of the action cards. They add a little fun if you’re playing with kids. I also don’t like how strictly positive the game seems to be. There’s no real benefit to going the college path over the career path. My daughter went the college path and ended up with the same salary as someone who went straight to career. I don’t like how there seems to be no consequence of your actions. Best I remember, the most negative thing was having to pay the others players a wedding gift or something when they got married.All in all, it’s not a completely horrible game, but I do think it’s getting by on name alone. If this were some random game without a history behind it, it wouldn’t be very popular. Let me play a “classic version” and I’ll be happy.

  4. Cheap! My number one complaint: The spinner isn’t imbedded intonthe board. Someone has to hold it to the board doesn’t move! Spend around $7 for the other version.

  5. The spinner does not work as well as you would expect. It wobbles too much and most of the time doesn’t work. The way it was designed makes it so that it’s supposed to attach to the edge of the board, but it is constantly moved away from the board, which makes the spinner work even less.There is too much money moving between players, and too much going on each turn for it to be as fun as other versions. Try another version of the game.

  6. I was really expecting this to be at the same quality level as the original game or even better since it is an “Amazon Exclusive”. I was VERY disappointed with the style of play and the quality. Far, far inferior to the original game. Spend the extra $7 and get the REAL THING.

  7. I’ve always been a big fan of this game for teaching children how our life choices affect our living situation. It’s too easy to sit around and envy others today. It is never too early to teach them that life is what THEY make it and that their choices have consequences and determine their path. Game is well made and durable.

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