If you have little ones and an iPad or an iPhone and haven’t yet bought the Game of LIFE Classic Edition app, run, don’t walk, to the App Store on your smart device. My son, Sam, and I love this game, and it’s tailor made for scrapbookers — NO KIDDING!
The game is played as a ‘pass game.’ You take turns with up to four players (six on the iPad) and pass it to the next player when it’s his turn. The spinner is fun and there’s no need for a banker, though that used to be my favorite part of LIFE. It’s quick but engaging and the graphics are well done with a 3D sort of traveling view from inside the game car.
You may have seen my LIFE page from early p2P days. I just love playing this game with my children because it reveals so much of them to me, and teachable moments are plentiful. For example, when Sam was little, he would become very angry if he didn’t get any blue or pink pegs representing children in his car. He has a heart to be a father and has from a very young age. When he was only four or five years old, he had determined he wanted six children himself and was very concerned about having a pretty wife. I distinctly remember how joyful he was when he had five children in one game and didn’t have enough room for the pegs in his car. (Oh, if he only knew…) Today he holds his temper a bit better when he doesn’t land on the baby spaces, but he can tell you exactly where the “Twins” space is on the board, on both the regular board and the electronic board.
He always wants to be the Doctor (highest income) and always chooses the path of continuing education (automatic salary increase or the opportunity to choose a new occupation card if you end up with an icky one, like Entertainer). He also chooses the family path, always. I have never once seen him skip that area, even though it costs extra tuition and sports fees later on in the game.
He doesn’t like being sued (who does?) but he literally jumps up and down and does a dance when he lands on Buried Treasure. We talk a lot about the Investment option you have at the beginning of the game and, unfortunately, I haven’t convinced him yet that the Spin to Win gambling opportunities should be avoided.
He chooses the mansion as his second home (I always choose the log cabin first because it’s the best investment for the minimal amount of money and then upgrade to a modest Cape Cod), but he’s convinced bigger is better in terms of housing. He always retires to Millionaire Acres. Sam has a big personality and expects big, big things in his life. He’s materialistic. I don’t think we did it to him — he’s always been that way — but that quality comes out in him in spades in this game.
He’s so much fun to play with! He knows I will never, ever say “no” to a game of LIFE and we play it everywhere since we both have it on our phones and it’s common for at least one of us to have an iPad nearby.
Here’s where the scrapbooking part comes in. At the end of the game, the app creates a scrapbook for the winner! It’s so wonderful. It relives the game and all the important spaces that the winner has landed on along the way. The first time I saw it, I officially dubbed the app a “scrapbooking game,” just like I call the movie “UP” a “scrapbooking movie.”
I encourage you to download it. I don’t receive any endorsement fee from Electronic Arts, though I wish I did because I’ve recommended it to so many moms and dads, but it is a great investment in your children for a relatively low price.
I took a minute just now and asked Sam what he likes about playing and he melted my heart. “I just like playing it because I get to play it with you.”
I feel exactly the same way, Sam.