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The Game of Life Junior Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

The Game of Life Junior Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective for The Game of Life Junior

The objective of The Game of Life Junior is to be the first player to acquire ten stars.

Setup for The Game of Life Junior

  • Separate the cards by their types:
    • 58 Action cards (yellow)
    • 22 $1 notes
    • 12 VIP tickets
    • 4 Books of Adventure
  • Shuffle the Action cards and the VIP tickets.
  • Each player chooses a color and takes the corresponding car.
  • Place your car on the corresponding Start space on the gameboard.
  • Take the Book of Adventures card of your color and place it in front of you.
  • Deal three VIP tickets to each player. Each player should try to visit their VIP ticket locations during the game.
  • Give each player four $1 notes.
  • Place the Action cards, stars, and remaining money facedown next to the gameboard.
  • Choose one player to be the banker.
  • The oldest player will start the game. Play will proceed clockwise throughout the game.
Setup in The Game of Life Junior
To begin the game this player receives $4 and three VIP Tickets. They will receive an additional star if they visit the Beach, Snow Fun, and/or the Chocolate Factory.

Playing The Game of Life Junior

To start your turn you will spin the spinner. The number you spin on the spinner is how many spaces you will move your car.

Spinning the Spinner in The Game of Life Junior
The pink player has spun a two on the spinner. They will move their car two spaces in the direction of the arrows.

When moving you will always move your car forward (in the direction of the arrows).

Movement
The pink player spun a two on the spinner. They will move their car two spaces on the track.

Should you spin a number that would take you past an attraction, you can instead choose to stop your movement at the attraction. Otherwise you have to move the entire number of spaces that your spun.

Depending on what space you land on, you will then take a special action.

After you take the corresponding action, your turn ends. The next player in clockwise order (left) will then take their turn.

The Spaces

Yellow Action Space in The Game of Life Junior
The pink car has landed on a yellow Action space.

Yellow Action Space

If you land on a yellow Action space, you will draw the top card from the Action card deck.

You will read out the card and do what it says. Some cards will give you stars or money, and others will take them away.

If a card says to tell a story, act out an impression, or sing; you must take the corresponding action.

Action Card in The Game of Life Junior
As the current player ended their turn on a yellow Action space, they had to draw an Action card. They will follow the directions on the card and then keep the card face up in front of themselves.

If you do not have enough money to pay the cost on the card you drew, you do not have to pay the cost.

The Action cards have symbols on the bottom. What these symbols represent are listed below.

Action Card Symbol
The player that drew this Action card gets to take a star due to the yellow star on the card.
Action Card Symbol
For this card the player must complete the sentence “Jingle Bells, jingle bells” in order to receive a star.
Action Card Symbol
For this card the player has to act out playing catch. If they successfully get the other players to guess correctly, they will receive a star.
Action Card Symbol
The player that drew this Action card loses one of their stars due to the black star on the card.

After you take the action printed on the card, keep the Action card face up in front of you.

Attractions

You do not have to land at an attraction by exact count in order to visit it.

Entering An Attraction
The pink car has entered the Playground attraction. As the attraction does not have a cost, they can enter it for free.

To enter the attraction look at the space to see if you have to pay an entry fee. Some attractions are free, and others have a cost to enter them. If you want to enter the attraction you will pay the associated cost to the bank. If you do not have enough money for the entrance fee, you cannot enter the attraction.

Pay Entrance Fee in The Game of Life Junior
The blue player has landed on the Chocolate Factory attraction. As the space has an entrance fee of $1, they will have to pay the cost to receive the one star from the attraction.

By visiting the attraction you will take a star and add it to your Book of Adventures.

Receive Star in The Game of Life Junior
The pink player visited the Playground attraction so they received a star. They will place it on their Book of Adventures.

If the attraction matches one of your VIP tickets, turn over the card to show the other players. You will then get to take an additional star (two stars total).

Visiting A VIP Location in The Game of Life Junior
The blue player had the Chocolate Factory as one of their VIP tickets. By visiting the Chocolate Factory they will receive two stars instead of one.

Before ending your turn you should tell the other players what you did at the attraction.

You can only visit each attraction once during the game.

Should you move to your Start space (other than the start of the game), you will take $1 from the bank.

Fun Train

If you land on one of the Fun Train spaces, you can choose to use the train.

You will pay the fare printed on the board in order to use the train. The train will take you across the board to the Fun Train space on the other side of the board. The train moves both ways so you can use it on either side of the board.

By riding the train add one star to your Book of Adventures.

Using the Fun Train in The Game of Life Junior
The yellow player has decided to use the Fun Train. They will pay $1 to use the train. They will move their car to the space on the other side of the Fun Train. For using the train they will also receive one star.

End of The Game of Life Junior

The game ends as soon as one player collects their tenth star. The player that collects 10 stars wins the game.

Winning The Game of Life Junior
The pink player has filled their Book of Adventures with ten stars. They have won the game.

The winner of the game should describe the day they had by looking at the Action cards that they collected during the game and the attractions they visited.

The other players can also tell the other players what they did on their day.

Components for The Game of Life Junior

Year: 2014 | Publisher: Hasbro | Designer: NA | Artist: NA

Genres: Children’s, Roll and Move

Ages: 5+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 15-30 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High

Components: gameboard, 4 tokens, spinner and base, 56 Action cards, 22 $ notes, 12 VIP tickets, 4 Books of Adventures, 48 stars, instructions

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