The Worst-Case Scenario ®
Game of Surviving Life ™
1 game board
4 playing pieces/ 4 plastic stands
20 body parts (2 arms, 2 legs and a head for each playing
270 question cards
80 gold tokens (punch out)
Object of the Game
To reach the Game of Surviving Life’s Final Stage (the upper
row of spaces on the game board) with the most gold tokens.
player selects a playing piece, a plastic stand and five body parts (two
arms, two legs and a head).
Assemble the playing piece by inserting it into the plastic stand
and attaching the five body parts.
Then place the playing piece at the yellow Start space on the game
board (the space is also labeled “Your Life Begins”).
the card box bottom inside the card box top.
the shrink-wrap on the question cards and adjust them so that the titles
Each question card has one question and three possible
answers on each side. The correct
answers are printed in bold.
Playing the Game
youngest player (Player 1) goes first.
Player 1 rolls the die. If
a “1” is rolled, Player 1 moves forward one space. If higher than a “1” is rolled, Player
1 moves to the yellow space labeled “School Daze.” For subsequent turns, if the number
rolled lands a player past a yellow space, s/he must stop on that yellow
player to the left of Player 1 picks a question card from the box and
reads the question and all three multiple-choice answers out loud. Player 1 chooses an answer.
Spaces – if the player answers correctly, s/he stays put. If the player does not answer
correctly, s/he must remove a body part.
The question card is then discarded and play passes to the left.
Spaces – if the player answers correctly, s/he receives a gold token. If the player does not answer
correctly, s/he removes a body part.
Spaces – if the player answers correctly, s/he can choose to receive
either a gold token or a body part, though no player may
have more than two arms, two legs and one head at any time. If the player answers incorrectly, s/he
must remove a body part and give up one gold token (if s/he
Graveyard – if a player loses all five of his/her body parts, s/he is sent
to the Graveyard on the upper right of the game board. The player leaves the head body part
from his/her playing piece on the space s/he last occupied to mark where
s/he will re-enter if lucky enough to get another life. A player in the Graveyard must wait to
rejoin the game until either s/he rolls a “6” on his/her turn or
s/he has spent more than three turns in the Graveyard. If s/he rolls a “6” or is ending he/her
third turn in the Graveyard, the player rolls the die again. The number shown indicates how many
body parts s/he will have upon re-entry to the game (1-5). If s/he rolls a “6”, s/he gets all five
body parts plus a gold token.
Players re-enter the game on the space they last occupied but do
not answer a question until their next turn.
Years “One Last Roll” – when each player reaches the yellow space labeled
Golden Years “One Last Roll,” s/he rolls again. This question will be worth the number shown on the
die. Thus, a correctly answered
question could be worth as much as six gold tokens and an incorrect answer
could mean the loss of up to six tokens (if the player has them). No body parts are removed for incorrect
answers on this space.
Final Stages – entry to the Mega-Million Mansion and the other possible
Final Stages requires a minimum number of tokens, as shown on the spaces. After answering a question at the Golden
Years “One Last Roll” space, the player tallies his/her tokens and slides
to the appropriate Final Stage.
Final Stage Tokens
Mega-Million Mansion 10
Comfy Condo 6
Shady Rest Old Folks Home 3
Skid Row 0
Tokens During Retirement – After reaching Life’s Final Stages, players
still have a chance to move up in life.
Each player continues to play until all players have reached
a Final Stage. For each correct
answer, s/he receives a gold token.
For each incorrect answer, s/he must give up one gold token (if
s/he has one).
Winning the Game
The player to finish with the most gold tokens
wins. The game ends when all players
have entered one of Life’s Final Stages (including the Graveyard). If there is a tie, the player with more body
parts wins. If both players have the
same number of body parts, each player is asked to answer a tie-breaking
question. If both players are either
right or wrong, then each rolls the die.
The highest number rolled determines the winner.
Worst-Case Scenario Surviving Life situations may have more than one
correct solution. The trick is to
select the answer that is best, given the three choices.
may travel any path they choose, keeping in mind that they must always be
moving upwards on the game board, towards Life’s Final Stages. There are risks and rewards for paths
of differing lengths. Be careful
to retain enough body parts to get to the Game of Surviving Life’s Final
Stage! Trust us – you don’t want
to end up in the Graveyard.
©2006 University Games