Monday, March 12, 2012

The Game of Life–zAPPed Edition

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The Game of Life:  zAPPed Edition
  • 2-4 player
  • Ages 8 and up Per Manufacturer (Some Parents May Not Agree*)
  • Free iPad app Integrated Into Game Play
  • Includes Game Board,  4 Car Movers, 52 Pegs,  Money Pack, A Quick Start Guide and 4 Rubber Pads
  • iPad is NOT included but required to play
  • Over 100 Clips From America’s Funniest Videos Animate Play
  • No Assembly Required
  • Game time 30-60 minutes
  • Suggested Retail Price, $24.99

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If you are a fan of the Game of Life, you might be interested in Hasbro’s new, updated version of the game.  Adding a little bit of modern technology, the game requires an iPad app to play.  The app is free to download, and adds some fun aspects to the game.  It serves as the spinner, and also allows players to create their own character, adding personal touches to make it more reflective of themselves.

Players use the spinner, get paid, sue other players and make important decisions via the app.  Some other fun additions the app brings are video clips from America’s Funniest Videos, and mini games to earn bonus cash.

The object of the game hasn't changed.  Move your car around the board, make choices such as college or career, work, get married, have children – then retire successful.

The game sets up quickly with no assembly required and can be played in 30-60 minutes.  Do be cautious as you play.  Anyone with iPad experience knows that one wrong touch when typing brings about some interesting results.  The same is true for the game.  One wrong tap, and you have altered the integrity of the game.  Presently, errors cannot be fixed, but it’s possible that an app upgrade will fix that some time in the future.

*My concerns with the 8+ rating on the game are twofold.  The game can certainly be played by an 8 year old, however, some of the videos have bleeped out words.  If you are language conscious in your home, you will want to be aware of this.  They do come with the warning, "don't try this at home!" in case anyone needs that advice.

Also, when choosing a spouse, there is an option to choose a partner of the same gender.  Some parents might not want to have that particular discussion with Little Susie or Johnny just yet.  I don’t bring this up in an attempt to open a dialogue about whether you cheer or jeer that option, but simply to inform.  There are plenty of places on the internet to discuss and debate that topic.

You will find the Game of Life zAPPed wherever board games are sold.

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If you like the idea of app integrated gameplay look for Monopoly zAPPed due out later this year.

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I received a complimentary copy of  the Game of Life zAPPed while I was at the Toy Fair this year.  I was under no obligation to post a review, I was not paid to write this post, and my opinions are my own.