Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Ornament Review: The Game of Life - Family Game Night #7 - 2020 Hallmark Release

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great representation of Life (The Game of Life, that is)
Cons: Tips forward when hung
The Bottom Line:
Take a spin with Life
Fun ornament; classic game
Memories for tree

When Life Gives You a Game, Make an Ornament Out of It

While I had a copy as a kid, The Game of Life was never one of my favorites.  Still, I do have good memories of playing it, so I was happy to see it show up in the Family Game Night ornament series from Hallmark this year.

This ornament is a little different from the rest of the series, at least so far.  The front of the box is actually on the back of the ornament.  If you are familiar with the game from the 80’s, you’ll recognize the cover for sure.  It features a picture of a family sitting around playing the game.

The main part of the ornament features the game board, as usual.  It is folded at a 90-degree angle, and the horizontal part comes to a corner of the board as usual.  At the very top of the ornament are the letters that spell out LIFE in the big colorful blocks that is always used for this game.  While you can’t actually read what is on the board, it is clearly the winding board of Life.  One of the unique elements of the game was the spinner you used when it was your turn to determine how far you went.  That spinner is here leaning against the board.  Another unique element was the car playing pieces.  The yellow car is sitting in the very front of the ornament with three people sitting in it.

As I said, this was never a favorite game, so it wasn’t high on my wish list for this series.  However, I like it just the same.  If you loved this game as a kid, you’ll definitely love this ornament.  It captures the elements of the game perfectly and will make you smile.

Like the others in the series, the ornament features a nice flat base, so you could set this out as part of a display if you didn’t want to hang them on your tree.  We are up to the seventh in the series, so you’ll find a 7 in a Christmas tree on the bottom of the ornament.

The loop for hanging the ornament is on the top of the box.  I’m not surprised that it does tip forward some.  Honestly, there’s no place to put the loop that won’t let it tip forward.  This isn’t new to this ornament; many of the ornaments in the series do this.  If you plan how you put it on your tree, you should be able to hide or eliminate the tip completely.

I really enjoy reliving happy memories playing game with the Family Game Night series.  If you enjoyed playing The Game of Life, you’ll be glad to add this ornament to your tree.

And enjoy the rest of the Family Game Night ornaments.

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