Guest Author - Lynn Little
The Game of Life is a classic board game where you make life decisions as you move around the board. You will get married, have a career, go to college, and even have kids - all in about an hour or less. Retire with the biggest fortune and win the game.
Players start out single and can either choose a career or college. If you go to college, you will have student loans that must be repaid but a chance at a better salary. Along the way, you can also earn life tiles when you do good deeds. The life tiles come into play at the end of the game once everyone has retired.
Each player chooses a car and either a blue or pink peg. Players begin their turn by spinning the spinner and then moving their car along the path. There will be forks in the road where you can choose one path over another. Maybe you want to pursue your career instead of a family. You can go back to college and change career paths. Some good fortune may fall on you like pay raises and unexpected money. Bad luck can happen just as easily, too. It just depends on the spin of the wheel.
There is a lot of luck involved in The Game of Life from drawing cards to spinning the wheel. Your fortune can be won or lost in just a few turns. This is also why it is important to never give up as you can pull out a victory in the later part of the game.
The Game of Life has changed throughout the years. The 1991 revamp of the game added rewards for players who did good deeds like recycling. There are several exciting new ways to enjoy this game. You can play The Game of Life on your PC/Mac. The Game of Life is also included in Hasbro's Family Game Night available for the Nintendo Wii. The electronic versions feature a variation on game play but all the fun is still there.
Hasbro's The Game of Life is a fun family game that has been enjoyed for generations. It's luck-of-the-draw game play means every game will be a new experience. The Game of Life is for ages 9 and up. Up to six people can play. Playing one game will take about 45 minutes.