Life Game Rules
Life Board Game Instructions
Average Price: $15.00
Playing Time: 45 min.
Players: 2 - 6
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Life is a family type game that parallels many activities in life. Throughout the game, players can choose between starting straight into a career or going to college, dealing with loans, stocks, buying a house, life events including marriage and having children, retirement, taxes and last but not least, payday. The similarities between the game of Life and the actual "life" as we know it are sometimes hysterical.
The game of life can be fun for adults and educational for children. Game play is simple but due to the nature and somewhat complexity of the game, it may take a while to catch all the Life rules. If only the real game of life we play everyday was as simple as spinning a wheel. The 3D pieces that attach to the board make this different than most board games.
Object of Life:
To win the board game of Life, players must collect as many Life tiles as possible and try to have the most amount of money at the end of the game.
Contents of Life:
Life game board, 6 plastic car pawns, pink and blue "people" pegs, 3 mountains, bridge, 7 buildings, label sheet, spinner, stack of play money, insurance policies and bank loans, 25 Life tiles, deck of 36 cards, banker's tray, and the official The Game of Life rules and instructions.
Shuffle all Life tiles and place them Life-side-up somewhere near the game board as the draw pile. Remove four tiles without looking at them and, keeping them Life-side-up, stack them on Millionaire Estates.
Separate all cards into four decks: Career, Salary, House Deeds, and Stocks and place them near the Life game board along with the Automobile and Homeowner's Insurance Policies, Bank Loans and money. A banker is chosen and $10,000 is given to each player.
Players then choose a color of car, place one person in the vehicle, and then located their car on the starting space.
Before you can begin your first turn, each player must first decide if they will start a career or go to college. By starting college, you will have more salary and career options. This option does take longer and upon deciding the career option, you must take out $40,000 in bank loans before your first spin. Place each car on either the career or college spot on the Life board.
If a career is chosen, chose 1 card from the shuffled deck of career cards at random that does not says "Degree Required." Then do the same with the Salary cards. Place both cards face up in front of you. Those going to college will do the same. Players that have chosen a career will do the same only when they come to the Job Search spot on the board. They then can choose three career and three salary cards and choose the best one. The other cards drawn are then returned the deck.
Keep in mind that player also earn money if others land on your career spaces throughout the board. If you are the accountant and someone has to pay taxes, they will give you the money. All careers have multiple spaces and is a "luck of the spin."
The rule on who begins the game of Life rests on whoever spins the highest number on the wheel and then other player take their turns in a clockwise fashion. Move your car forward the number of spaces you spin each time unless you reach a STOP space. Follow the directions on the space you land on and your turn is over.
As you move your car, you will stop of various colors of spaces. The following rules apply to the color of each space:
- Orange Spaces: The majority of spaces are orange and you must follow the directions given on these spaces.
- Blue Spaces: These spaces are optional and you can choose if you want to follow their directions.
- Green Spaces: These are Pay Day spaces and each play will collect the amount shown on their salary cards.
- Red Spaces: Only three of these spaces exist: Job Search, Get Married, and Buy a House. Whenever you reach a red space, stop - even if you have moves left and follow the directions. Then spin and move again.
Spaces that show pictures of Life Tiles are called Life spaces. These are family activities, good deeds or service projects. Whenever a player lands on a Life space, one Life Tile is taken from the discard pile. If the draw pile has run out, take one Life Tile from any opponent. Keep all Life Tiles Life-side-up in front of you; looking at the values on the Life Tiles is against the rules.
Career Spaces are extra opportunities to make some money from other players. If you land on a career space, pay the person with the matching Career Card or if no one has it, pay the bank (if you own it you don't need to do anything). The Police Officer has special rules for his "career space." Any player that spins a 10, or is caught speeding (the Police Officer must notice), pays the Officer $5,000. If no Office is player, no action is required.
When players land on the You're Fired or Mid-Life Crisis, they must trade your Salary and Career Card in for new ones. One of each may be drawn applying the same rules as stated above. Wait to return your previous career and salary until you have drawn new cards. If you land on Night School, you may choose if you want to change your Career and Salary cards. Two cards of each are drawn and if both are not desired, you do not have to take them, and, can remain with the career and salary you currently have.
Payday is the spot where the player collects their salary from the bank.
When a player reaches the Getting Married space, they stop even if they have moves left. One Life Tile is taken and one person peg is added to your car. Then spin and move again. The same rules apply for the Baby Boy, Baby Girl, or Twins spaces.
Buying a House rules are similar to getting married. Stop, even if you have moves left, and draw one House Deed at random from the deck. Pay the bank the price on the deed. If you're short on cash, a loan must be taken out from the bank. Then spin again and move. Homeowner's Insurance can be bought when the house is purchased or during any following turn. Pay the bank the amount shown on the deed for insurance and take one policy from the pile. This allows you to be protected from floods, theft, and tornadoes. Automobile insurance can also be purchased at the beginning of any one of your turns. Pay $10,000 to the bank and take one policy. Accidents, damage, and theft are now protected against.
Throughout the game, players may buy stocks allowing them to collect $10,000 from the bank every time their stock number is spun on the wheel (even if done by the person holding the stock). Buying more than one stock at a time is against the rules with one exception: If you land on the Stock Market Zooms space, take one Stock (at no charge) even if you already own one. Stocks cost $50,000 and you may choose which stock you would like to purchase. A Stock Market Slump will require you to return one stock to the bank.
Bank loans may be taken out at any time during your turn. One bank load is worth $20,000. To payback loans, a $5,000 interest must be paid for each loan received.
Once you reach the end of the Life game board, either by landing directly on it or by passing by, you must do the following:
- Pay all outstanding loans
- Replace your Career Card, Salary Card and Insurance Policies.
- Sell house by following the instructions on the Deed after spinning the wheel one last time. Keep your Stock(s) since you can still collect money from the bank every time your number is spun.
- If you think you might have the most money, place your car on Millionaire Estates (any number of players may retire there). Otherwise, place your car on Countryside Acres and wait there until all players have retired. If you have chosen Millionaire Estates, other players can still steal Life Tiles from you if the draw pile runs out. Those that have chosen Countryside Acres receive one more Life Tile and all their Life Tiles are safe from other players taking them.
After all players have retired, all players at Millionaire Estates count their money. The richest player takes the four Life Tiles at Millionaire Estates. The official Life rules mention that in case of a tie for richest player, the tying players split the pile taking 2 tiles each. All players turn their Life Tiles message-side-up and count up the dollar amounts add this total to all the remaining money you have in front of you. The player with the most money wins!
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Louis Mohacsi says:
clarification needed on "You are fired" card.If college career was selected at start then
do you put card back in college careers, then shuffle then take top two? Or do you loose your college career and have to choose from other careers?
i cant understand the salary card.... what does it mean
Paige the answer to your question is nothing deck 1 and deck 2 cards are not cards you play the game with so just through them out.
I love this game it is my favorite
this game is so fun to play
this is very cool
Can you count spaces on your turn to see where you will land? Or do you choose a path and stick to that path without counting to see which path you want?
What does deck two card mean - in action and career cards?
So as of 2013 the game was revamped with new rules and they are not available online yet, bummer.
I love this game soo much I would play it every day!
If you have athlete and you trade-in four life tiles to get the 100,000 salary and someone steals it can you trade in for life tiles again to get the 100,000 salary
Great game! For those complaining about the instructions, download the full instructions at the bottom of the list. There are also 3 different game versions over the years. Yes, the game has changed! The instructions are for 1977, 1991, and 2000
I have lost the rules to my game, but any where I look online I cannot find them. my game is the version without payday spaces, and to go to university it is only $20,000.
The instructions are pathetic. How do you keep track of loans? what is the purpose of the long term investment? If you get 10 thousand at the beginning of the game, and have to pay 10 thousand for the investment, why not start with the card instead? Does every player start with 10 thousand, or are those rules hidden somewhere? Whoever wrote the rules is retarded.
This game is amazing but it takes forever but that's the fun of it
I need to know about spin to win
What do you duo when land on a spin to win space
What happens if I can't pay off all my loans...i had such bad luck i used the whole loan pile!
So what happens if everyone has retired except for one player and the only player that retired at the millionaire estates is out of life tiles, and the draw pile is out. Do you take the life tiles out of the 4 tiles that are sitting of the millionaire estate property or do you just pass those and keep spinning?
Can you use a share the wealth card on a spin to win collection?
I'm confused on what happens with the last player who still draws Action cards. If everyone else has retired, who do they choose to compete for highest roll on Action cards? Can they still pick a retired person?
What do the cards that say "Deck 1" or "Deck 2" mean I'm so confused about it?
I play this with my grandparents and we don't have rules so we just do it how we want and it is way more fun when you play it with your own rules
I was playing the game of life and my brother got a card that says you mess up you get paid and if it gets stuck in between pieces so it got stuck In between but I had a stock card for that number do I still get paid
thanks a lot for directions
What does it means to collect presents in this game
This game stinks when you go by the rules.
This doesn't explain anything I need. I just got gong the new fangled edition and I don't understand something. First about how I feel like that's something because there are many things I don't get about this game. First, game doesn't tell you how many of each piece you should have only means that you should have them. For example it tells you should have pegs, now I'm not sure if it tells you the colors however I know it definitely does not tell you how many you should have. Eithere in total or each color, and that is only the lease the confusion. It says you should have action cards and where and when to be asked in space you should try and action card and follow the instructions on there. however it doesn't bother to tell you what actual card means or explain what each one is asking you to do. One thing is they have action cards that simply say deck 1 and others deck 2, nothing else period. Now do you think anywhere and instructions they would bother to tell you what the heck that means or what they want you to do with those cards. Of course they do, but just in case you couldn't detect my hint of sarcasm there I will let you in on my facetiousness there! They don't! So would anyone mind clueing me in here? The other thing I didn't quite get, is that when you you are all one of those action cards where it tells you to spin and whoever wins based on whatever the card tells the winner, wins whatever amount of money to card says. What I don't get is why everyone gets the chance to win the spin. Aren't action cards meant just for the person who drew them? Also, I don't understand some of the other things on those cards. They say things that I can't exactly recall but something to the effect of, ask somebody if they would like drinking if they say yes and don't get in a wreck know when you get it anyways or something and somebody gets $20,000. I really have no idea what he meant by that. does anybody wish to explain? I really hope somebody at a concert else in this because I sure as heck can't. I would have thought the roles would have been a little more thorough and explain what they mean for you to do.
This realy helped
I have the LIFE game with the spinner showing through the whole in the box. I can't find anyone who can tell me what the Action Card means that says "deck 1" or "deck 2" . Does anyone know know what do do with these?
This game is brilliant, i could play it for hours, its a classic, yay for life!!
Chocolate Rain says:
MY FAVORITE GAME EVER! i wish i still had it.
What happens when someone lands on a gold revenge space and they send you back ten spaces. If if is a good space that pays out money does the person who was sent back collect the money:
what r long term investments
this is my fav game!!!!!!
good game the best in the world
This is the best game ever!!!!!!!
This is my faviroute game ever, i love it!!!
I dont know how to play it!
This game is so fun to play! But I like the sims 3 better!!!!! lol!
i love this game- but i dont play it much!
i love the game life its the best
i honestly thought it was a little confusing, may be because i didn't have all the the cards and stuff lol :)
"Lifes hard man" haha
any of you are having 1977 game of life.I did not understand the betting on the wheels
Thegame rocks <3
Life Lover says:
I heart life <3
i loove this game
Does anyone know how much of each amount you're supposed to get? I lost the rules
this is one of the best games I ever played.
I love this boardgame, and especially like to play it with Jesse! I just wish the money was real.
It was the best game I ever played because I was a multi-millionare and I WON!!!!!!
does anyone know if you land on a yellow spot for the share the wealth card if more than one can be used against another player or can multi players use it agianst the player?
this game is ta bomb one of my favorite games
This game is the shizbizkit
This game rules, its one of my fav. games 2 play
This game is so fun to play.
I love this game! It's the bombshizzel!!!!!