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Game of Life, the game we all play: Android App Review

June 23, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

App Name:  Game of Life by Hasbro

Description: The Game of Life, also known simply as LIFE, is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, as The Checkered Game of Life. The game simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriages and children (or not) along the way. Two to six players can participate in one game; however, variations of the game have been made to accommodate a maximum of eight or ten players. The modern version was originally published one hundred years later, in 1960 (then “heartily endorsed” by Art Link letter, with a circular picture of him on the box) by the Milton Bradley Company (now a subsidiary of Hasbro).

How it works:  The game of life offers the player a simulated version of their life on a board game. The player uses a spindle which can give them a number from 1-10. The number they receive determines how many spaces they can move on the board. As you play the game of life you get to make major transactions and executive decisions. Some of the decisions you make include: having a baby, purchasing a home or sailboat, purchasing life insurance and even suing the individual to gain extra funds for your wallet. This game goes up to four players and you can choose your gender preference. During the game you’re even asked to take a risky or safe path to life. One some occasions you can use a card to get half off what the player gains. Through it all the goal of the game is a healthy retirement and once you are able to get there your game is saved and you can continue that saved game from the main menu.

Opinion: For someone who used to play Monopoly all the time I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this game at all. Most of my gaming today is almost exclusive to consoles with the exception of my G1. The graphics are well done for a board game conversion. The music is great and this game’s age range starts at 9 and goes on from there. It seems to me that the CPU controller player has the edge in this game. They make all the right moves and decisions which can be a little frustrating. It is almost like player a perfect player but perfection isn’t part of the game of life. One thing I did learn while play this game is that every decision you make is critical whether you believe it or not and the same applies to our real lives today.

Ratings:

  • Speed (4/5) – Screen commands are very responsive.
  • Features (4/5) – Swipe spindle, chance and clean on screen display.
  • Theme (4/5) – Game of life.
  • Overall (4/5) – Great game.

Pro:  Very interactive and engaging

Cons: Computer has edge. No difficulty setting.

Overall: The game of life is a fun game and a fantastic Android port.