Summary Spin the wheel to make your way round the board. Go to university, get a job, pay the bills, and retire with the most money to win.
Description Type: Board Game
Players: 1-4 players
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 30 minutes
Developer or Designer: Hasbro
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Only four characters to choose from
Playing against the computer can get boring
Can't play with people online
Need an internet connection
The Game of Life is is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley. In it, you travel round a board, simulating life events, such as work, marriage, and kids, before you reach retirement. The aim is to be the person with the most money at the end of the game.
The popularity of the game has seen it update almost every decade since the 1960s. The latest version was published by EA for the Android. It costs £2.99 from Google Play, which compared to other games is quite expensive in terms of how much content there is. On the other hand, it is far cheaper than buying the board game. So is it worth buying? That all depends on whether you have someone to play it with.
In The Game of Life, you have the choice of playing against the computer or friends. When passing the tablet around the room, each person taking turns, the game is a lot of fun, because it is competitive and interactive; against the computer, however, you'll get bored pretty quickly. I played against the computer once, and I am not particularly bothered about doing so again, but I loved playing against family members.
To start the game, you spin a wheel numbered from 1-10 to determine who goes first. On your first turn, you decide whether you want to go to university or get a job straight away. While university leads to higher paying jobs, it also leaves you with a big loan to pay off.
As you travel round the board, you will land on squares with different events. These include pay day, tax day, marriage/eloping, having children, etc. Each of these events will lead to gaining or losing money. For example, for every child you have, you get £5000 at the end of the game. These events also give you life tiles valued between £10,000-£50,000.
When you retire you can choose between a mansion or country estate. By going for the mansion you get an extra life tile, but these can be stolen by players still finishing the game. If you pick a country estate, then you don't get a life tile, but your current tiles can't be stolen. You decision should be based on how many tiles you have compared to other players
I think if you have someone to play against, it is an enjoyable game, but otherwise not worth the money. Overall the actual board game is going to be a whole lot more entertaining.