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Board Game Collection: The Game of Life

A guide to information about the University of Idaho's board game collection and the the games that are a part of it

The Game of Life

Game of Life box

This game attempts to mirror life events many people go through from going to college, raising a family, buying a home, working and retiring.

The intent of the game is to have the most assets at the end of the game, assets are earned primarily by working and earning tokens with dollars amount on them. Additionally the first person to complete the course gets additional money tokens.

There is a very linear board that you move along by spinning a wheel or landing on spaces that tell you to move to a specific space or forward or back. There are a handful of intersections where you can choose to go one direction or another but they ultimately have similar spaces and meet back up quickly. There are a handful of choices regarding insurance and investments but for the most part it is a game of luck.

Players 

2-6 

Time 

1 hour 

Theme 

Children, Simulation, Economic 

Mechanics 

Events, Spin to move 

Catalog

How to play Video

Rules of play PDF