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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MASH is a well-done adaptation of the traditional paper game. The game combines player choice and random chance to create a story about the player’s future, including his/her spouse, college, occupation, salary, pet, age of death, etc. Kids can save stories with password-protection. Kids can also easily share stories with friends through email or Facebook. The game is intentionally silly, with mildly violent cartoony descriptions of how the player might die. The game inherently emphasizes marriage and consumerism; MASH stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House.
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Is it any good?
MASH is a fun game that encourages imagination about the future. While intended for entertainment, it could also be a good starter for parents and kids to talk about college, potential occupations, and financial choices. Varying attention spans and interest are accommodated by four options for play: short (five questions), medium (10 questions), long (21 questions), and custom, where players can select which questions to include. Options to randomly generate answers and skip steps facilitates quick play. The potential answers generated by the game are varied and mostly tasteful, and the combination of write-in answers and random chance keeps the game personalized and engaging.