Hasbro has added yet another version of the classic and well-loved game with the new electronic monopoly, which costs around £20. While it is true that the "electronic" monopoly has moved the game into the 21st century, complete with visa credit cards and properties costing millions, the new design of the game has lost some of the original charm. Nevertheless, there are a few nice changes.
The board is still in much the same format as before, however the properties have had an update. For example the two most expensive properties, classicly Mayfair and Park Lane, have become Kensington Palace Gardens and Knightsbridge. I personally don't mind the updated properties since they are more current, but this is perhaps the only update that I don't mind. Traditional paper money has been replaced by visa credit cards, with a variety of different colours to distinguish one player's card from another. Money transactions take place through an electronic banking device, which resembles a calculator. The cards simply slot in the side, one side for adding money and one side for subtracting money, and then the overall balance is displayed on the small screen. The device has a handy button with a green arrow on it, which when pressed automatically adds £2million to a player's balance, for when the player has passed Go. The player pieces have also had a bit of an update from the classic pieces. The likes of the top hat and little dog have been replaced by a burger, a mobile phone, a skateboard, a race car and a roller blade.
Positives and Negatives:
As a fan of the traditional monopoly, this version does very little for me. I do like the quirky new game pieces and I think they're a good reflection of how the times have changed, but that is where the positives stop. The rest of the changes, in my opinion, do nothing to improve the game. When the novelty of the credit cards wore off, they became annoying, with the plastic peeling off quite quickly, as a result of constantly inserting them into the electronic banking device. The device it's self started to become slow and not recognise some of the credit cards, with money being taken off without actually pressing any of the buttons. Furthermore, because of the fact that all banking is electronic, the money paid to supertax or chance cards can no longer be put aside and won when a player lands on free parking. For me this was one of the more negative aspects since I think the anticipation of being a dice role away from a wad of monopoly cash was fun, and now this element has been removed. As a child I loved to be named as 'banker' and carry out transactions for players, handing out money and properties. Although this is still possible with electronic banking, it's just not the same without the physical money.
I believe that this game is an unnecessary edition to the monopoly collection with many of the traditional and well-loved aspects changed for the worse. Monopoly is a classic game and I thin that part of its charm is the exchange of physical money and counting up how much you have, rather than checking your balance on an electronic screen. Yes, it is a very good reflection of today's technological society, but it just doesn't work for this game.
In a valiant effort to maintain a sense of relevance in a world where billions are traded every hour and the socio-economic map of London is redrawn with each passing decade, there's a flash new kid in town. The clever chaps behind the legendary and oh-so-British board game Monopoly have given it an electronic spit-and-polish and propelled it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. And hurrah and huzzah say all of us. Now, in the brash new version of Monopoly, a world of cashless transactions awaits, complete with splendid VISA branding. Rather than accumulating a fetching mound of cash, a completely computerised Chip & Pin Centre does all the banking, enabling competitors to make credits and debits to fund their spree across London. The capital, too, has had a makeover and alongside the familiar names of old money there are new entries in the geographical stakes. The new, flash, loadsamoney Monopoly is dangerously addictive, especially for a generation grown 'expert' on Property Ladder and Location, Location. Now, there are tens of millions to be made, but some faithful old rules apply. Don't imagine for a second that your grandmother is as sweet and grey haired as she seems. And do not, whatever you do, pass go.