The Game of Life

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This page is for the 1998 version. For the 2013 version, see The Game of Life (2013). For the 2016 version, see The Game of Life - The Official 2016 Edition.

The Game of Life
The Game of Life cover
Developers
Mass Media Inc.
Publishers
Hasbro Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1998
The Game of Life on MobyGames
The Game of Life on Wikipedia

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64-bit Windows

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
6 Hot seat
LAN play
6 Versus
Online play
6 Versus
The online multiplayer service is no longer available.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit. There are two ways of running the game:

#1: Run the game directly from the disk[edit]

Running the exe from the disk[citation needed]
  1. In the Game of Life CD, go to the Life folder.
  2. Run the life.exe file to play the game.

#2: Install the game manually[edit]

This also allows launching the game without a CD
Setting up the game manually[citation needed]
  1. Create a new folder called "The Game of Life" somewhere on the computer (eg. the Desktop).
  2. In the Game of Life CD, go to the Life folder.
  3. Copy the contents of the folder and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  4. When everything has finished copying, go into the installation folder and run the life.exe file to play the game.

Slowdown on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]
  1. Download and setup dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Once the initial setup is done, go to the MS subfolder.
  3. Copy the DDraw.dll file and paste it into <path-to-game>.
  4. Run the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer MSN Gaming Zone

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 36 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible

References