Surely I can’t be the only person who when they play the ‘Game of Life’, ends up with way too many children?
Clambering back onto the Mrs Maisel bandwagon, today we are having a close look at another official piece of Mrs Maisel merchandise but this time, it’s the Mrs Maisel Game of Life. I actually received this game for a Christmas present two years ago (I was going to release this review much sooner but so much has happened since that original plan) but in the time I have owned this board game, I’ve managed to play it a lot and really get to know the ins and out’s of the game. It may seem like a strange piece of merchandise and I thought the same too as some aspects of pop culture don’t really translate well into games. So let’s check out The Game of Life Mrs Maisel edition officially released by Amazon.
The Game of Life was originally released in 1860 under the name ‘The Checkered Game of Life” and it was a popular parlour game which allowed players to speed through an individuals life stages making choices as they went through either college, a career, creating a family and retirement. The modern version of the game which we all recognise today, came out a hundred years later in 1960. The modern game consists of a “track on which players travel by spinning a small wheel (in the center of the board) with spaces numbered 1 through 10. The board also contains small mountains, buildings, and other three-dimensional objects.
Playing pieces are small, coloured, plastic automobiles which come in red, blue, white, yellow, orange, and green; each car has six holes in the top in which blue and/or pink “people pegs” are placed throughout the game as the player “gets married” and has or adopts “children”. Some “early modern” editions have eight cars. Each game also includes a setup for a bank which includes play money in denominations of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, and $100,000 bills; automobile, life, fire, and/or homeowners’ insurance policies (depending on the version); $20,000 promissory notes and stock certificates. Other tangibles vary between versions of the game. $500 bills were dropped in the 1980s as were $1,000 bills in 1992″. Source.
Whilst playing the game, there is only one mistake that we could find, one of the life event cards asks you to collect $1200 and that cannot be done with the currency available in the game as the smallest note is $500 not $200. We normally just round to $1500 and move on with the game.
It’s common now a days for tv shows and popular movies to be adapted into board games and most of the time it feels like a bit of a cash grab and not very well thought out. This version of Game of Life is one of the best thought through tv show adapted games I’ve seen in a long time. Every detail is thought through to the point where it feels like it’s own game. The best part of this game are the event cards which all feature a reference to the show and they’re a lot of fun to play with.
The Mrs Maisel version also features a special ‘Comedy Show’ option where by landing on specially marked squares on the board, you have the option to do some stand up comedy. Your fate depends on your next dice spin; depending on what number you land on, you either bomb, break even or kill it. Your roll will determine whether you lose money, do nothing, or win money. It’s a bit of a gamble but a lot of fun especially when you ask your friend to share some jokes to make it feel more ‘real’. Of course, the comedy show is an option so you don’t need to participate but it’s a great show reference and a chance to get some dollar dollar bills.
This game is a lot of fun. I’ve owned it for over two years and I always have a great time whenever I play it. This game works for both fans of the show and for those who haven’t seen it yet; I’ve played with both types of friends. For fans of the show, the references are a lot of fun as you’re reminded of some great show moments but the game makes sense without knowing the show well either.
I’d highly recommend this game if you’re a fan of Mrs Maisel or just games in general. This would be an amazing gift to a Maisel fan and especially being a bit more house bound due to the state of the world, a game like this can really be a lot of fun. If you do get this game, please let me know how you go, I get a lot of joy seeing you guys have fun and enjoying life. For more information and shots of this game, please check out my youtube channel.
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