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Game of Life

by Hasbro
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  • Classic board game breaks down an entire lifespan into a series of choices and chance
  • Earn valuable Life Tiles by doing good deeds
  • Retire with the biggest fortune
  • Winner of the CLASSIC Award by Parent's Choice Awards
  • One of the most popular games in the Family game night category
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 10.5 x 2.7 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00000IWD7
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  • Item model number: 4000
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 9 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,707 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
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Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything's possible with a spin of the Life wheel! A classic family game that can be a reality check--or just a fun time. --Margaret Quinn

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Game of Life

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Customer Reviews

I would definitely recommend this as a fun family board game.
Palo
I don't mind the rule changes as much as I do the changes to the durability of the game.
C. Goodman
If you loved playing Life as a kid, don't buy the new revised version.
TexasGal

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175 of 181 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2000
Format: Toy
My daughter received Life as a birthday present and I was very excited to play, thinking it would bring back great memories! Unfortunally they tried to "improve" on a classic and totally ruined it. The spinner derails on every spin and my daughter can barely get it to go around once. You have to assemble the board everytime and pray you get the houses in the right spots, instead of it being fixed and ready to play like the GOOD version. The people fall out of the cars and are so microscopic, I'm sure the vacuum cleaner will find them before I do. There are these strange "Life" cards that make no sense whatsoever, debunking the whole purpose of earning any real money. There are no gifts from the other players when you get married or have kids. In fact, there's no reason now to even have kids! That was the whole fun of the game, piling in as many as possible into the car! I will gladly pay more for the "real" version. I guess it's time to go find one at a yard sale or Ebay.....
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254 of 268 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
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Do NOT confuse this new version of LIFE with the old version!!! The old version is a classic--this new version is a big disappointment. In the new LIFE you don't get to choose your career or anything. Instead of monetary bonuses throughout the game (e.g. spinning for gifts when you have a child) you get these silly "Life" cards that you can't look at until the end. At the end you get huge amounts of money with each "Life" card and it's possible to win even if you don't have very much cash in front of you because of those cards. It's disappointing to play the whole game and then lose because of those cards, which are totally random. It's like you play the whole game and then spin to see who is the winner. We became very bored with this game very quickly because it's almost nothing like the old Life game. The old Life game was more true to life. The new game isn't.
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194 of 209 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2000
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I wish that I had read some of the reviews before I purchased this one. We had this game when I was a kid and it was one of my favorites. However, I didn't realize that they had revised the game.
I find the new format frustrating and empty. There isn't as much interaction between players in this one (others don't have to give you money when you get married, have children, etc.), except for the career spots and those detract from the game - they're pretty pointless and not true to the real world as we know it.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer who found the LIFE cards very annoying. There doesn't seem to be any hope for the underdog in this version; if you don't happen to pick a good salary, you won't win, no matter how many LIFE cards you pick up along the way.
I really wish that they had left the game the way it was! I think we'll go dig up the old one that my husband's parents have somewhere. That will be more fun!
Bottom Line: After wanting to own this game for a while, I wish I hadn't wasted my money. I'll just find an older used one. One word - disappointing.
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154 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Efrain Rivera Jr. on February 20, 2003
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If you have ever played the earlier version of life please do yourself a favor and avoid this "new" version like the blak plague. My friends and I used to play the old version every single day up to late hours. Once we learned the new version was out we ran and bought it. WHAT A DISAPOINTMENT!!!! Compared to the old version this one is HORRIBLE. It isn't fun. The new rules [are not good]. You can not bet anymore. Money isn't the way it used to be (what's with the litte pieces of carton?) Maybe if someone at MB reads this they will go back to the basics and bring back what was once a great and fun family game to play. Lucky for us we still have, and play with, our old and much better version of Life.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1999
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Why did Hasbro dumb down the Game of Life? I remember playing as a child and getting points for each child and being able to gamble away all my money and take revenge on other players. It was a fun, challenging game. Now it is just a board game where you get some money. If they wanted a game younger people could play they could have made a child's version and an adult version. I miss the original!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
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I am 24 and have played the original version countless times from the time I was a very small child. The new version has added several new and VERY confusing rules, changed the colors of the money (Which is only bad if you have the first version memorized), added many new parts which will just get lost, and have made it a more mean spirited game. It is now too confusing and boring for younger children (Under the age of 10-12). I truley wish my mother had not thrown away my first version just because the box was beyond destroyed.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2002
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Just got the "new and improved" Game of Life, played it once and I'm still seething at the way the game has been dumbed down and turned into a politically correct self-esteem lesson with an almost completely random outcome. There's no value in going to college, and you're forced to pick up loans to boot. Heck, you can be an artist and if you get the right random pick you can still pull down $100K a year. Meanwhile the doctor might wind up making $20K. I guess it's not fair to teach the kids that a college education makes an actual difference in earning power in "real" life. In the first game we played, my son randomly got $100K a year and I got $80K. The rest of the family went down from there. Guess who won? Him. Next? Me. Right down the line. The old game just wasn't like that. Want to be a Computer Consultant? No college degree required. Huh?! There are almost no actual lessons of life here. Pay a chunk of money for a nice house so you can build equity, right? Wrong. Your home doesn't build equity, and you can't even count its value when you cash out at the end. You're better off buying the mobile home than a nice home that will appreciate. What are we teaching here?
Besides all that, the quality of the materials is lower, the board has to be set up every time, the hills don't stay put, and the spinner jams in the hands of little kids. Last (but not least) the little pink and blue people just won't stay in the car. They seem to leap to their deaths at every turn, perhaps jumping out of sheer embarassment at being associated with such a watered down imitation of a once fabulous game.
Next time I play I'm skipping college entirely, becoming an artist, buying the mobile home, and pulling down $100K. You know who's gonna come out on top! What wonderful lessons for life...
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