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Monopoly City

Submitted by on August 25, 2010 – 9:26 amNo Comment

The looks and feel of the game is great, and the boys really got into the idea of buying lots and collecting rent money.

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Price £19.99

*****

Initial thoughts: Like many people, Kev and I have fond childhood memories of Monopoly, especially family games on a winter’s afternoon or during those non-days in the middle of the Christmas holidays. So we were keen to play Monopoly City with our two boys now they are old enough to understand rules, and have developed an interest in all things money related.

We liked: The look and feel of the game is great. We really liked the additional 3D element of adding buildings to your districts. Infact on each turn there was a rush to see what each player could build, like some sort of mad construction race.

The boys loved collecting all the money and the idea of buying and selling. It was interesting to see how they reacted, Jacob (8) quickly got into the swing of buying lots of districts so that we would all have to pay him lots of rent money, while Mikey (5) loved his money and tried to hoard as much as possible. The game is recommended for 8+ and I agree, Mikey perhaps wasn’t as strategic as his older brother!

Another new element we enjoyed was the auctions. When a player lands on a district if they don’t buy it, then it has to be auctioned. The game includes an electronic timer and you have 50 seconds to conduct the auction, which builds up the excitement.

We weren’t keen: We underestimated the amount of space needed to play the game properly, and for all the players to keep control of their money and cards. There are also lots of little pieces (buildings, skyscrapers etc) everywhere, so the slightest knock to the board and they all fall over, resulting in a mad scramble/argument to put everything back in the correct places.

As a family, it took us two or three games to know exactly what to do. Maybe due to this, our games seemed to go on forever with the board, cards, money and various bits and pieces taking residence on our table for a couple of days. The rules do state that you should choose the amount of time you want to play at the beginning, we initially choose 2 hours, but this was far too short a time for us.

Overall: All in all this is a brilliant modern version of a family classic. The added 3D element and new ideas such as auctioning districts make it different and add to the fun.

We all enjoyed playing Monopoly City and give it an A+ for family fun, even if it did cause some chaos and confusion in our household (not that difficult). We will definitely be refining our building and auctioning skills ready to play, and hopefully win, against visiting relatives over the Christmas holidays.

[Jo Wildman]

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