I've played the Game of Life many times when I was younger. When my sister bought this game, Game of Life - Pirates of the Caribbean, and pulled it out to play, I was kind of bummed. I didn't want to play another boring game of Life. What I found out later is that this game is a very fun and different version of the original game. Not only do you get to be the characters from the movie and own the ships from the movie, but you also get to battle your ship against another's for part of the loot on their ship. It's an entertaining version of Life. The only complaint I have is that the rules are very vague and seems to lack important information. After reading the rules several times, I had to fill in some blanks sometimes and say well the old game of life was like this, so.... The rules kind of leave you guessing as to whether this is the way to play or not.