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Game of Life (PC)
You may recognise this game from the original board game. I used to love playing it when I was a kid and was intrigued when I found that there was a PC version. The game was developed in 2008 by Hasbro. It is almost identical to the board game except there are a few enhancements. The game in general is much more interesting than the board game itself as there are more life options. Also you can play against the computer which is good for when you want to play alone. The game moves at a much quicker pace on the PC however it does lose that personal touch.
The aim of the game is travel around the game board and collect as much money and life tiles as possible. The winner is the person who gets the most out of their lives, be it money, career or family wise. The game starts with you choosing your character, putting in your name and deciding which colour car you are going to travel through your journey of life in. Each player starts the game with $10,000 and first of all you have to decide if you want to go to college (and take out a loan of $100,00) or go straight into a career. By going to college you get a much better paid job and if the other player chooses to start a career then you are pretty much guaranteed a win. If all players choose to go to college then there is a fight for the best paid jobs.
Each turn the player spins and moves around the game board. Each square that you land on means something different. For example; there are squares with a dollar sign which means payday, squares with a life tile which you collect and squares with a stop sign which means there is something life-changing about to happen. Eventually you work your way around the game of life, choosing different paths for different life decisions. There are certain things that you can choose e.g. career, a family life and houses however there are other things which you can't choose e.g. getting married. Once you are married you have kids or you don't and then eventually at the end of the game you retire. You add up all of your life savings, children, sell your houses and cash in your life tiles to see who is the winner.
The sound and graphics on this game are of a very high standard. The only thing I noticed it is that sometimes the car will move a few spaces and it will not register and the game does seem a little bit fixed.
The game can last as long as you want it to really as it depends which way you go around the board but on average I would say one game lasts about 20 minutes. The only thing I find slightly boring about this game is that the amount of time spent on each players turn is varied and therefore on your go you could move one space and then on the other players go a whole load of stuff could happen and you could be waiting five minutes to take your turn. Towards the end of the game this can get a little bit annoying. Also you can usually tell half way through the game who is going to win. If you choose to go to college first before having a career then you are pretty much guaranteed a win as you can get a better career. In this way the game is a little bit predictable and it takes away from how often you would want to play it as it is easy to win. I don't think I have ever played this game versus the PC and not won. It is a game of chance and luck and it is not difficult to work out how to play it in your favour.
*Life Tiles: there are some great tiles to collect and they are worth a lot of money in retirement.
*Satisfaction of retirement: cashing in everything does feel good after the game.
*Pay rise: you can play a game to win a pay rise which is always nice.
*Graphics: the colours and graphics are great and of a really high standard.
*Choosing your spouse: you don't get to choose whether you marry or not but you do get to choose your spouse.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of the board game. It can be bought for about £8 from amazon.co.uk. It is not the most challenging game out there and don't expect it to keep you interested for too long but it is fun. I imagine that children in particular would like this game and it is definitely suitable for children 3+.
I give this game 3 out of 5 stars!
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Review also on Ciao under luceey.
"The Game of Life" is a rendition of a table top game of the same name. It was first released as a PC CD-ROM title in 1998 by Hasbro Interactive. In the United States, the game received an age guidance rating of "E" which deemed it suitable for all ages. The system requirements to run the game are minimal by today's standards but include:
System: Pentium-90 or equivalent
RAM: 16 MB
Video Memory: 1 MB
Hard Drive Space: 36 MB
The Game of Life was a regular staple in my household as I was growing up. I believe I received it as a Christmas present one year, and it was regularly played due to the simple rules and its generally vibrant and colourful gaming board. As I aged my love for this game dwindled but was replaced in the form of this PC CD-ROM release. I have since lost the board game but have held firmly onto the computer game throughout the years.
The game itself follows the player as he or she travels through the literal game of life. He or she begins starting either at "college", which is the educational standard more commonly referred to as University in Britain, or by jumping immediately into a career. Some career options are limited, however, as certain career options require that the player complete a college course prior to commencing. After the initial venture has been selected then the player progresses throughout life's stages which include buying a home, getting married, having children and the like. Each spot within the board will denote a certain action and either reward or penalize the player a set amount of in-game cash. I didn't find the cash penalties to affect my progress too much as "pay day" squares are frequent and award the player with the set salary of his or her selected career. Eventually, the player will come to his or her life's end and once all players have finished their journey will calculate the value of their estate. The player with the richest legacy wins. Up to six physical players can participate in the game at one computer, and I do remember this being available as an online multiplayer experience. Online matchmaking has since disappeared, however.
The graphics of this game place the player within the driver's seat of his or her vehicle. The "car cam" view allows a visual experience of driving through the game board and reveals what certain spaces have in store for the player. There are a wide variety of animations which I found to be mildly entertaining. The game itself is actioned by clicking on the large spinning wheel. While the spin itself is smooth, I don't feel this motion quite captured the fun of forcefully twirling the plastic wheel on the game board itself. The soundtrack adaptation was a noticeably interesting one. The musical scores which accompany the game noticeably alter to suggest a change in the player's taste for music and gradually evolve to more "modern" 1990s scores.
Overall, I do enjoy what the Game of Life has to provide. It does not meander from the traditional rules of play and presents the game through a reasonably well put together visual experience. I would happily recommend this game to prospective buyers.
Game of life is a board game where you go through a whole life.(the name kinda gives that away) You go to school get jobs get married and buy houses you grow old and get a pension it is quite realistic and it lasts long. this can take up to one hour. if you have monopoly and like it then you will definitely love this game this is a bit better in my op. Realism:it is so realistic when you go on picnics and have babys get bad jobs and good jobs and you will get a certain salary card which is how much pay you get when you land on a pay day square! Board: This is a very big board with lots of squares on as it is a long game. The board is very colourful and attractive as well. Instructions on how to play the game: They are quick and easy to follo. you will have to play the game a couple of times to know the instructions without have to look at them! Overall This is one of my favourite board games i have played it over 100 times and i still play it more. If you want to get a board game that is actually worth the money you have to pay. Then this is the one to get!