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The Game of Life 2

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 29, 2021
PCDec 11, 2020

Developer: Marmalade Game Studio

Publisher: Marmalade Game Studio

Genres: Simulation, Strategy

Available now to pre-order on Nintendo Switch™ from 15th March - 29th March (10:00 CEST). Everyone who pre-orders will receive an exclusive free additional in-game outfit! THE GAME OF LIFE 2 is here on Nintendo Switch! This digital board game is an official, contemporary sequel to the classic THE GAME OF LIFE game. It offers more choices and more freedom every stage of the game on a fully animated and immersive 3D board. You’ve got thousands of meaningful ways to live your life before reaching the finish line. THE GAME OF LIFE 2 is another one of Marmalade Game Studio’s classic board games for kids and adults alike. Features - A CONTEMPORARY SEQUEL TO HASBRO’S CLASSIC BOARD GAME - THE GAME OF LIFE 2 drives the original from yesterday to today, with: - Customisable pegs - A selection of vehicles - An eco-city board - Second chances, including the option to change job, go back to school and get married later - New careers, including Video Blogger, Game Designer, Athlete and Dog Groomer - More relationship options - Pet adoption - New ways to win, including points for knowledge and happiness, as well as wealth - The chance to continue playing past retirement - OPEN ONLINE MULTIPLAYER - Distance doesn’t interrupt play when you connect with up to 4 players around the world - PRIVATE ONLINE MULTIPLAYER - Invite up to 4 friends and/or family members to a private multiplayer game - LOCAL MULTIPLAYER - Play at home with up to 4 friends or/ family members with TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode - SINGLE PLAYER - There’s no such thing as playing alone when you take on our challenging AI - CROSS-PLATFORM MULTIPLAYER - Play on Nintendo Switch, against friends on their phones or PC! - 3 WORLDS - Play the game on 3 different boards, including the classic ‘Eco-City’, ‘Fairytale Kingdom’ and ‘Haunted Hills’ - 8 ADDITIONAL WORLDS -The optional Season Pass gives you access to the beautiful Frozen Lands, and Age of Giants world of dinosaurs (coming in April 2021)! Plus 6 additional themes as they’re released

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It's fun for a game or two, but when you realise how much less The Game of Life 2 costs on mobile you'll want to spin again.

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Had The Game of Life 2 been sub-£20, it’d be easier to recommend. But its asking price of £30 feels far too steep for what’s included here. One game will last only around 30 minutes, and since you’ll see the same random opportunities and job titles come up again and again, you’re probably not likely to want to keep playing. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the board game, wait until it’s on sale. It’s enjoyable in small doses, but not at RRP.

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Even more than Monopoly, The Game of Life is a board game from a bygone era. Once upon a time, the nice, meandering journey through suburban life and expectations thereof that the game depicted was considered a representation of a happy, wholesome life experience, but in 2021 lionising that seems incredibly passe. Sticking a "2" next to the title while not doing much to address this dissonance doesn't paper over the fact that very few people actually want to play The Game of Life these days.

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Unless you're a hardcore fan of the original board game or you're looking a simple game to play with your kids, it's hard to wholeheartedly recommend The Game of Life 2. That being said, it does have some lovely graphics and fun themes.

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