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I’ve always loved board games. Sunday afternoons and many weeknight evenings in my childhood were spent playing any number of different games. As I got older, they would often turn into marathon games where the board would have to be placed aside and revisited later to determine the winner.
Now that I have a family of my own, board games are a tradition we continue. While Bubbles is a little young for many of them, she still loves to join us all, taking part where she can. And if the game is really above her skill level, she participates by rolling the die, spinning the wheel, handing us cards, or just cheering, “You can do it! Go, go!” for whomever currently is taking a turn.
The only thing I didn’t always love about playing games was the setup time. As an impatient youngster I remember just wanting the game to startrightnow. And as an adult with an equally – or more so – impatient preschooler, I now feel for my father as he tried to read directions and place all the pieces without me either wandering off or snagging a piece and losing it before we even started.
So the fact that a Hasbro classic – The Game of Life – now comes in a quick-start version makes me quite happy. You unfold the board, add the pegs to your cars, and go. Even the instructions have been simplified into an easy-to-read card versus the old typed black-and-white directions.
We had a great time making The Game of Life part of a family game afternoon. I loved getting reacquainted with a game I always enjoyed as a kid; I had kind of forgotten some of the details, like separate career and college paths. It also gave us a chance to give Bubbles some practice counting the spaces and following instructions.
I love all the updated pieces and colors, too. I don’t remember my old version of The Game of Life being quite so vivid and pretty! And I’m quite sure there wasn’t an Eco House back then, either.