Hasbro has just released a new version of the Game of Life that includes pets!
According to the National Toy Hall of Fame, which inducted the Game of Life in 2010, the game has been around since 1860. Milton Bradley, the founder of the company, printed and sold copies of the board game himself. Back then, it was called “The Checkered Game of Life” and was made to mirror his tumultuous life and career.
In 1960, for the game’s 100th anniversary, the National Toy Hall of Fame reports that the Milton Bradley Company released a completely re-envisioned version of the board game, which is the colorful family game we know today.
Since then, there have been different versions released as well as digital versions made, but the basics of the game from the 1960 version have remained the same, until now.
This new game allows players to acquire pets—specifically, dogs and cats.
The mechanics of the game have largely remained the same. Bustle explains that you still start the game with one car, a pink or blue peg, one “Spin to Win” token and $200,000. However, with the new Game of Life pets edition, you also get to choose one green pet peg. These adorable pegs are even shaped like dogs and cats, and players can choose between the two.
Now, as you make your way through the board game, you not only have the House cards, College Career cards, regular Career cards and Action cards, but you also have Pet cards. These cards have pet-related life events, like your pet having litters, passing obedience school or going to the vet, explains Bustle. All of these life events have monetary rewards or consequences.
At the end of this new version of the board game, those Pet cards come into play again and can mean the difference between winning the game or finishing with debt.
What a great way to update such an iconic game to show how much we truly value our pets.
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