I played this board game for the first time today with my daughters, ages 6 and 8. We had a great time playing! They both love Spongebob, and I remember playing the original Game of Life when I was a kid, so we were all looking forward to trying this game out.
It took a little while to set the game up initially, so I had a couple impatient kids on my hands for about 15 minutes while I opened all the little packages of cards, pieces, and money. You have to punch out the cardboard "Life" tiles, assemble the spinner, and put stickers on and place the bridges and buildings. But all of this is only done once and then you're good to go for the next time you play.
It had been millions of years since I last played Life, so I had to read the directions pretty thoroughly for a memory jog. The Spongebob Edition is fairly similar to the original except for the theming, at least from what I remember. Although you don't have the cars and you don't get married and have children. That's kind of a bummer, that was my favorite part as a kid! But I guess you can't have Spongebob and Patrick getting married and there aren't that many major female characters on the show, so it could get complicated!
Both my daughters caught onto the rules of the game pretty fast. They both can read so they were able to follow the directions on the cards and the money situation is pretty simple, using only $100 and $1, 000 bills. We had a great time playing and it was educational too, giving them reading and money counting practice. I would defnitely recommend this game for kids ages 6 and up if they have a fairly good attention span, and it helps if they can read a bit and understand a little about counting money. It will definitely be a game that we will all enjoy playing together for several years.