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When i first moved in with my partner, it was a bit strange without all the board games in the cupboard that i'd been used to so we went looking for some board games. I was actually shocked at most of the prices that were charged as we usually just pick games up at car boot sales. This is when i came across the Monopoly and Cluedo compendium in argos and i thought we'd give it a shot.
Why did i like the look of this one in particular? Well, unlike most board games, this one came in a fabulous wooden case and combines not only monopoly and Cluedo, but there are also areas to play chess, draughts, dominoes and various card games. Another appeal? The wooden case has a great drawer in which to keep all of the pieces so it's almost impossible to lose them.
I think everyone knows what these games are and i'd rather concentrate on the case but I'll give a quick overview for anyone that doesn't know.
Monopoly is the popular trading game that's been around for years. The object of the game is to buy properties, build hotels and make your opponents bankrupt. There are different chance and community chest cards that will throw obstacles your way and of course, the luck of the dice has a lot to do with it. I'd say this game is suitable from around 8+ but there is a new electronic version that would probably suit slightly younger children.
Cluedo is the classic "whodunnit" game where three cards are taken out of the main pack and placed separately. You then have to work out who committed the crime, what weapon was used and the room it occurred in. You do this by traveling around the board and asking other players if they have certain cards. This game is probably suitable for around 6+ as there is no counting involved and it's very easy to explain.
The smaller games in the box include dominoes, chess, draughts and playing cards. The dominoes are suitable from around 3+ so long as you watch your child and ensure they aren't eating them (which I'm sure you would do in a game anyway!). Chess and draughts are again suitable from around 8+ but in all honesty i've still never mastered these games so we don't spend much time playing them!
Back to the case. The case is solid wood with a drawer in the side to store the pieces. How do you work it so there is more than one game? Easy. The answer is the top of the board flips over from Monopoly on one side, to Cluedo on the other. If you lift this board off entirely, then you will find the board for playing chess or draughts underneath.
The good bits? You have a large amount of games and only one box to find somewhere to store! This means instead of having a wardrobe full and having to hunt out the game every time, it will be found a lot easier. (in our experience anyway!) The wooden cabinet that it comes with is extremely sturdy and i've no doubt i'll be handing it on to my kids when I'm old and no longer use it. There are so many games to play you won't know where to start first.
The bad bits? I'm still looking for them if I'm completely honest! It comes with everything you could hope for and more.
The boring bits.
The games are rated as being 8 years and over but younger children can be included in the card games and dominoes so it really is a family game that different people get involved in different games. The games are for 2-6 players but any number of people can play card games and dominoes depending on the rules you want to use. It's currently on sale for £39.19 in Argos but we got ours at around £30 which i felt was a complete bargain as some games of Monopoly and Cluedo sell for £20 each.
A must for everyone that loves board games and wants to keep them in the best condition possible. It might look expensive for a board game, but it works out as fantastic value for money and provides hours of fun on those rainy boring days.
Compendium of Monopoly, the world famous property trading board game, and Cluedo, the classic 'whodunit' game. Also features five classic games including chess, dominoes and playing cards. All beautifully presented in a solid wood cabinet box.