Our family recently had an opportunity to try the new Game of Life zAPPed. What an unexpected burst of family fun! My son, daughter and I played a game after school, one afternoon this week. We had so much fun that they had to play again, that evening, with our older daughter and then again, with friends, the next afternoon. Needless to say, it’s a hit. The Game of Life has always been a family favorite, since several of us can play at once, it has plenty of opportunities to share humor and laughter and it doesn’t take 26.843 hours to complete a game. Hasbro just took the fun up a notch by adding Life to their new line of zAPPed games, in which you can download the game application to your iPad and then use the iPad as the spinner in the center of the zAPPed edition game board. The iPad also incorporates videos from America’s Funniest Home Videos, as well as some funny animations for different “stop” points or in place of activity cards on the game board.
You’ll see the familiar car game pieces and the pink and blue peg “people” and paper money that you remember from the classic board game. The different activity cards aren’t necessary any more, though, as when you land on one of those squares, you touch the coordinating button on the iPad and watch the corresponding video or animation. Whether it’s choosing a career, getting married or having twins, it’s played out on the iPad. The spinner is also integrated into the iPad and you literally touch the screen and “spin” it. It’s actually pretty cool! My one disappointment with the game was that when you land on the square to get married, regardless of the gender you have selected for your character, you can choose a spouse from either gender in the game. When I play a board game with my family, I want to play and have fun, not be bombarded by someone else’s political agenda and my kids certainly don’t want to have to stop playing for a character lesson. It’s a sad commentary on how far people are willing to go to indoctrinate children, even to invading board games. We definitely took the time to stop and discuss what we believe about the subject and why, but went on with the game and found no other objectionable material. I did want to alert you to that spoiler, though, so it wouldn’t catch you off guard. With that one exception, we really enjoyed everything about this game. I snapped several photos during the game, so we could give you a little more insight into the fun!
I received a copy of The Game of Life zAPPed in order to test it and write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.