The Game of Life; Haunted Mansion Edition

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Syndicated from the Web

Welcome Foolish Mortals,
There is a rumor floating around the internet that WDW’s Mansion has received an open facade window (complete with drapes hanging out), much like Tokyo’s. I cannot confirm nor deny this since there are no pictures, videos, etc. If you are planning on visiting WDW’s Magic Kingdom anytime in the upcoming weeks keep an eye out for it.
A stretching portrait, an “alligator girl” that was decommissioned in 1973, is going up for auction on December 17th and 18th. It is lot 495 and willy be starting at $30,000.
Winning bid was $47,500.
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I am going to do something a little bit different today. Instead of HM news or Interesting facts, I am going to review a semi-new product “LIFE; Haunted Mansion edition”. I’ll start off by saying that I have not played the game yet, nor have I ever played the game “LIFE” before, so my review will be based mostly on artwork, assembly, etc.
Lets get started.
The box itself looks absolutely beautiful. I am absolutely in love with the artwork style that is presented, otherwise there is not much more to say about it. I always loathe having to assemble a board game, it really is not fun at all, so when I read on the cover that it was “one time assembly” I was thrilled!
It states in the directions:
When you have finished playing, you do not need to detach the buildings, mountains, or bridge before storing you game back in the box. To easily store your game:
1. Place the center of the game board, with the spinner, into the box
2. Then fold the end of the game board with the bridge over the center section.
3. now place all the components and tray into the box.
4. Fold the remaining end of the game board over into the box.
5. Place the cover on the box and store until your next game play.
Sounds simple right? No, this is not really the case (at least for me). After about 15 unsuccessful attempts of trying to place the lid on without sticking up I gave up. Maybe it’s just me, but to do this successfully I had to detach all the buildings (not the mountains or bridges).
Ok, moving onward.

The attachable pieces (spinner, buildings, mountains) did indeed disappoint me upon first glance. The houses and spinner are both dull grey, and the mountains and base of the spinner are pale purple. But, when all in place, they don’t look half bad. The game’s spinner is made to resemble a seance table; the knob is a candle and the feather pin is shaped like the raven. Fantastic!

I would love to tell you about the Board’s artwork, but I do not think I can do it justice. It is so overwhelming and brilliant I cannot describe it in words. Here are just a few interesting things you can look out for are:
– The “Afters” of all the stretching portraits.
– A Hidden “Toad”
– And a very obscure nod to the bride.

The Cards, money, and other pieces are all very well put together too, but right now I want to state the one thing that bothers me most about the whole game. The tokens aka “Doom Buggies”. In a very un-artistic fashion the buggies are bright, almost neon, blue, purple, green, red, yellow, and orange. I am not exactly a fan of those color choices, but if that is the worst of it, I am happy.
In summary, this board game is beyond amazing. With it’s exceptional attention to detail and faithfulness to the attraction this board game is a must have for any HM fanatic!
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Master Gracey

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