Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Game of LIFE Review

The Game of LIFE is one of my favorite board games. The only problem I had with it is that it takes relatively long to play a game. My problems were solved when EA came out with The Game of LIFE for iPhone and iPod Touch. Now, this isn't the only board game by EA I love. They're churning them out, ranging from Monopoly to Boggle.
The Game of LIFE Classic Edition, $4.99, developed by EA, hosts a slew of features. You can play in six different languages, against a computer, or with your friends on the same device. This isn't your typical cell phone Game of LIFE. It's rendered in full 3D, with swiping motions to spin the wheel, views of the car pieces from above, and from behind/front, and fast forward options to skip through the other players' turns. This way, games can take 15 minutes instead of an hour.
The graphics in game are 3D and it makes the game come to life. The board isn't flat, there are hills, lakes, houses, and other different landmarks. The different sections of the map can even be snowing, or have moving water! This would not be possible in the board game, and EA definitely took advantage of the platform.
The game also has "Share the Wealth" cards, which range from cards that allow you to gamble with your money to gain some exponentially, or make opponents pay half of what you owe for landing on a spot.
However, even with all these additions, you won't like the game unless you like the board game. Even fans of the board game might be annoyed by the added features, and the somewhat confusing menu systems that allow you to buy stocks and more. It might not just be the same as holding the real money and pieces in the actual board game.

3D Graphics With Elevation
iPhone-esque Swiping and Zooming
It's the Game of LIFE!

Slightly Confusing Menus
Some Changes to Gameplay

Bottom Line:
If you really like the Game of LIFE, you should definitely buy the game. It may disappoint some fans, but it sure impressed me.

Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Controls: 4/5
Sound/Music: 4/5
Replay Value: 5/5

Overall: 8.5/10 (not an average)


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