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Magical Monopoly Experience
Monopoly Disney Edition
Member Name: jrh2
Monopoly Disney Edition
Date: 13/02/13, updated on 26/02/13 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic disney edition
Disadvantages: Very lengthy game
Monopoly is my favorite board game ever and I have accumulated two cupboards of board games from childhood which I can't bear to get rid of. Although I don't always have time to play board games now, when I get a chance I always choose the Disney Monopoly. It is perfect as I love Disney and Monopoly so you can't go wrong.
Monopoly is based on a game by Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips who, in 1903, hoped to illustrate Henry George's single tax theory. Monopoly, as we know, was created in the USA in 1934. It has been published by Warringtons and Parker and is currently published by Hasbro. There have been many varieties over the years with themes like electronic, make your own and places all over the world (e.g. London). Over 250 million copies have been sold worldwide.
As soon as you open the New Disney Monopoly from 2004 you can see a stunning pop-up castle. It is truly magnificent and must have taken a long time to put together. It is made from card and to keep the castle safe there is extra cardboard moulded around it in the box but I always open the board extra carefully so not to break it and I always keep the cardboard for when it is returned to the box.
The next thing you will notice is the detailed silver movers. They are about the size of a 50p with each having a circle base so they don't fall over. I'm not entirely sure what they are made from but they are quite heavy and won't break. The movers are:
Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Mowgli from The Jungle Book and Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Dumbo and Pinocchio from films of the same name.
My favorite is Snow White and I think it is good how their is a wide variety of characters to suit anyone. There is also a gold Tinkerbell from Peter Pan and she is twice the size of the other movers. She is also quite heavy and because of her large wings she often topples over.
As you begin the game all of the movers are placed on the 'GO' square. Tinkerbell also begins here but she is not a mover.
The first player starts by rolling the dice's and following the instructions on the board. There are two dices, these are included and are regular sized dices. When a player throws a double you move Tinkerbell along and the bank pays if the house is owned by a player, if this isn't the case she does nothing until another double is rolled.
The bank has a tray in the game box with places for all the money and Title Deeds. The banker is supposed to be a player that is not playing the game (if that makes sense), but we always have a player doing both the game and bank, we just keep the personal money separate from the bank so not to get mixed up.
The bank has notes in pastel colours with Scroodge the Duck in the centre. The notes are 500 (red), 100 (orange), 50 (purple), 20 (green), 10 (blue), 5 (light blue) and 1 (yellow).
Each player starts the game with the following from the bank:
2x 500, 2x 100, 2x 50, 6x 20, 5x 10, 5x 5, 5x 1.
From now on you have to keep rolling the dice and buying properties to try and be the richest player and not become bankrupt.
The houses are Snow Whites cottages and castles. These are made from strong plastic and are a turquoise colour and blue. This is the part of the game I find leads to arguments as I go around buying places and putting cottages and castles on and my mum says I am being unfair as she is not doing the same thing, I am following the rules though, I'm not doing anything wrong!
I will now explain what the spaces mean.
If you land on a property which is a square with a film picture and a strip of colour along the top you can buy it, you don't have to though. If you have bought it you can put a cottage on and any time another player lands on it they have to pay rent, as stated on space. If you own all colours in the section you can upgrade to a castle and anyone that lands on it has to pay double rent.
Magic Moments and Show Time spaces require you to take a card. They each have a scenario and this may mean you have to go to jail or you could earn money. These are great fun and are based on Disney stories.
Free Parking is a space which does nothing, so you just sit and wait for your next turn. At least your not paying out.
Income Tax, oh no, pay out time.
When passing GO you get a salary of 200 from the bank. It is also where you start the game.
If you land on jail you need either a 'get out of jail free card' or to roll a double. If you don't manage this you pay a fine to leave. It's so simple. You can also get into jail by a card.
That is about all to the game. Now all that's left to do is go round and round and round until someone becomes bankrupt. I have read the longest game of Monopoly was 1680 hours (70 days). Personaly, we usually admit defeat at two or three as it is a bit tedious after a while.
The game is for ages eight and over and can have two to six players, but remember, the more players you have the less houses you can buy.
As I had it as a present I am not sure what it costs but it is a amazing game and worth paying for.
This fantastic game is perfect for any Disney lovers. The best Monopoly in my opinion so I give it 5 stars (it would have been ten but it's not an option).
Summary: Brilliant quality Disney themed Monopoly
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