At a glance, the game seems the same - the little cars with little people available in pink or blue - the iconic wheel - the road that twists and turns. But in 2014, you choose a path of "career" or "college." My instinct is always to go "career" - as I did in real-life (proud college dropout right here) - but setting an example for my impressionable oldest daughter, urged the "college" path. As in real life, you get a financial dent by choosing that path, but you hope it pays off.
Gone are the deeds and titles, but in it's place come some higher dollar amounts, and some card-based actions. You can still get married... have babies... buy houses... and it's all in hopes of wrapping up with the most wealth in the end.
Hasbro's THE GAME OF LIFE is fun, entertaining, and makes for some great conversation and hypothetical situations with the little ones (and grown-ups, too), but like real life - whichever path you choose is sort of a gamble... a spin of the roulette wheel, if you will. Success and riches, failure and poverty are all as much up to chance as they are to hard work and virtue.
Recommended for ages 8+ by Hasbro, but Rock Father-approved for younger players with the helpful assistance of a grownup.