Play a Game of Life and We'll Tell You How Much Cash You Retire With

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Play a Game of Life and We'll Tell You How Much Cash You Retire With
Image: Marmalade Game Studio via YouTube

About This Quiz

"You'll learn about life when you play the Game of Life!" The slogan is absolutely right! You can learn a lot about your decision-making and money-saving skills when you play the Game of Life. Sure, you might not rake in a $100,000 a paycheck salary like you do in the game. You can make good choices all the way to your retirement, though. How much do you think you'll end up with when you play a game with us? 

Whether you choose the career path or the college path is completely up to you. Either way you go, you can be sure that Life's action cards have a few surprises in store for you. Just like real life, there are going to be unexpected expenses and spontaneous new life changes to throw you off your game. The amount of money you end up with is part luck and part skill, and you'll need to use your real-world skills to end up with the best retirement package.

Spin to Win with us, and hold on to as much of your cash as you can. Will you retire in a mansion with millions? Or will you live on the farm growing carrots to sell by the side of the road? Only the Game of Life knows for sure! 

1 banker Are you going to be the banker?
I don't want the responsibility.
I'm not letting anyone else touch the money.
Someone I usually play with always has to be the banker.
We'll spin for it.

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2 college or career Do you place your car on the college path or the career path?
I'll take the career path.
It's college or bust!

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3 first spin It's time for your first spin! What number do you land on?
4
10
8
3

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4 driving test You've come to rest on an action space. Which card did you choose from the top of the deck?
Pass my driving test and pay the bank $50K
A lawsuit suing my neighbors for breaking my fence
Shipwrecked and spinning for cash
Pay the bank $30K to build a playground

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5 starting a school Congrats! You get $40,000 for starting a popular school. What are you going to name it?
Happy School
The School of Champions
My School Not Your School
School For All

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6 pet birthday party You've drawn the pet card that says you should throw your pet a birthday party. How much will you spend?
$100,000
$50,000
$10,000
$20,000

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7 job card It's time to find out what you do for a living! Which card is yours?
Veterinarian with a salary of $100,000
Dancer with a salary of $70,000
Chef with a salary of $50,000
Video game designer with a salary of $110,000

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8 pet fish The bank gets $20,000 from you because you bought a pet fish. What do you name it?
Gertrude
Carp E. Diem
Xander
Lips

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9 spin to win space Ding, ding, ding! Where are you going to put your token now that you're on the Spin to Win space?
4
9
10
1

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10 getting married Congratulations! You've stopped to get married. How much are you collecting from the other players?
Most of them landed on black, so I'm getting $300,000!
We ended up with $150,000.
Do I really have to get married?
I think I raked in a cool $500,000.

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11 house What kind of house are you going to choose? You have to live somewhere!
I'll pay $300,000 for a farmhouse.
I think I'll take the luxury flat for $275,000.
$250,000 for a family house is a bargain.
I'm paying $350,000 to live in a windmill.

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12 payday It's payday! How much are you banking?
$50,000
$250,000
$130,000
$60,000

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13 night school You're stopped at the life path sign. Are you going to pay to go to night school, or keep your current job?
I'll pay to go to night school. I'm unhappy with my career.
I'll stick with my current job.
Can I draw a few career cards before I decide?
I'll count my money before I make that decision.

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14 surfing How much is your action card costing you this time?
I made $10,000 on a spin.
Nothing! I got a $50,000 tax return.
I started a snail farm and lost $50,000.
I went surfing and had to pay out $40,000.

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15 family path After careful thought, have you chosen to take the family path or to proceed without kids?
I want a ton of kids!
I'll take the childfree path.
I think the family path is less lonely.
I'm still working on my career, so I'll take the path without a family.

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16 sell house You've landed on a house space again. Will you sell?
I'll stick with what I have for the rest of my life.
I'm going to sell and make at least $500,000.
I might sell later in the game.
I'll keep it until I retire.

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17 babies If you're on the family path, how many babies do you hope you get during your spin?
I'm hoping for triplets!
Twins would be cute.
I'll stick with one kid.
I'm not on that path.

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18 buy painting Are you upset about getting the action card that told you to pay $50,000 for a painting?
I would never do that in real life.
I think it's a worthwhile investment.
I would rather spend the money on something else.
I'll make double that at the end. I'll buy it.

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19 teaching pet tricks You get $30,000 for teaching your pet a new trick. Which one did you teach it?
I taught my dog how to fetch potato chips for me.
My pet can now say good morning in 15 languages.
You should see my poodle do the cha-cha.
My cat can play the piano!

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20 starting online business Do you regret having to spend $50,000 to start an online business?
I wish I could have spent it on something else.
I guess I'll have to wait and see how it does.
It could be a good opportunity.
That's just how life goes.

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21 safe or risky route Are you taking the safe route or the risky route?
I'm taking the risky route.
I like to play it safe.

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22 alpaca pet Which new pet are you going to pay $20,000 for since you've drawn the card?
An alpaca
A kitty cat
Another dog
A hermit crab

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23 skydiving You have to pay the bank $70,000 to learn how to skydive. Will you really jump out of the plane?
I would do it more than once!
No, thank you. I'll send someone in my place.
I kind of don't have a choice, do I?
I might need to be pushed, but I'll try it.

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24 throw party What are you going to do with one of your last paydays before retirement?
I'm going to throw a huge party.
I'll put it into savings.
I think I'll pay off my house.
It would be a good idea to take a trip before I retire.

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25 paying the bank Will you have over $500,000 left when you fork over $300,000 to the bank for landing on their space?
I'm going to need a loan.
No problem!
It's going to be cutting it close.
I think I have enough left to survive until payday.

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26 interest How much are you paying the bank back in interest?
I'm about $100,000 in debt now.
I don't owe them anything.
I only owe them $10,000.
I don't want to talk about it.

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27 retirement mansion Where do you want to retire? Millionaire Mansion or Countryside Acres?
Countryside Acres
Millionaire Mansion

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28 house selling Do you have more than one house to sell to the banker now that you're retired?
No
Yes

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29 retirement bonus How much money did you get as a retirement bonus?
$400,000
$200,000
$100,000
$300,000

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30 trouble with money Are you inclined to think that you have the most cash before you count it?
I never win this game.
I think I have a good shot at winning.
I'm probably in second place.
I know I've won this game!

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