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Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition
Member Name: lorrainek858
Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition
Date: 09/12/11, updated on 13/12/11 (38 review reads)
Advantages: great twist to monopoly, electronic cards
Disadvantages: none for me
I have quite a good collection of Monopolies as well, so when I saw this World themed Monopoly on the internet last year, I just had to add it to my cart and order it to add it to my Monopoly stash.
I think that everyone is familiar with the concept of Monopoly, it's one of the best and most well known traditional board games of our generation...
But for anyone who has been living under a rock for all their lives here a quick description of the Monopoly game:
Monopoly is a board game where each player takes their turn to roll a pair of dice and move around the board square by square, when you land on a property, you can either buy it or if it is already owned by another player you have to pay them 'rent' landing on it. Each property is a different price and carries a different rent, as you progress around the board properties increase in price and rent, to increase rent of your properties you can put houses and hotels on them. The general aim of the game is to own as many properties as you can so players will have to pay you lots of rent, the game is over when everyone but the overall winner is bankrupt.
There have been a few changes in the cosmetics of the game to make it look World themed, mainly the Monopoly board has been revamped, though it still holds the same format as the original, the properties on the board have been changed in the sense that instead of good old Mayfair and the other properties in the original, the properties are named after major cities around the world, here is a small list of some examples of properties you can expect to find on The World Monopolys board:
Hong Kong, China
New York, United States
There are some really well known cities featured on this board, most of which are popular tourist cities, which is what I like about this game, as I have done my fair share of traveling, when I am playing this game I almost always aim to own cities I have visited. The board in this version of Monopoly is really well set out and looks the part, it is also great quality and apart from the board theme is still pretty much the same quality as the Original Monopoly.
The houses and hotels are a little bit different than the original Monopolies houses and hotels, instead they are shaped like different kinds of styles of buildings from all around the world, there are models of pyramids and skyscrapers for hotels, I liked this about this game as it makes this version of Monopoly more unique, also as I have traveled quite a bit I like to pick buildings or hotels that I have actually seen before, like the pyramids are my favourite choice.
The community chests and chance cards are also World City Themed, though are still quite similar to the basic original Monopoly games, an example of what a card would say is:
'Orgainise St. Paddys Day festival in Dublin, collect £10 from each player'.
This gives the game a different feel to it compared to the, sometimes boring, Original Monopoly Community Chests and Chances and this makes it more interesting, when I was playing this game for the first time, I couldn't wait to get my next Community Chest or Chance card.
The play pieces that are in this game are all of course shaped like objects that you are likely to see in today's modern world, there is a plane, skateboard, racing car, roller blade mobile phone and strangely enough a hamburger as well, they are made quite similarly to the original game pieces, though are different shapes, I really like this versions pieces, and normally try and go for the skateboard piece, though everyone always has their favourite.
The Money is much different to the original Monopolies, instead of playing with paper money, instead you play electronically with the use of credit cards and your money is stored electronically, this is a nice change for Monopoly as the electronic devices are really easy to use and it means less tidying up after playing.
This game can be played from 2-6 players.
I bought this game £25 on amazon around a year ago, however I am sure that if you shopped around you could get it for much cheaper, it sometimes pops up in shops like Tesco or BnM bargains, where it mite be cheaper. I was really happy with my purchase and think that £25 was quite a good price to pay, however I collect Monopoly games and probably would spend more than the average person for a game.
I think that this is a great version of Monopoly and would be best suited to anyone who has an interest in traveling or the world cities in general, the electronic money playing feature was a nice change to the original money playing method and the board is also a good change and well set out. After playing on this board I would say that this was a good buy and would recommend it to any one who likes a good game of Monopoly.
Summary: great game for any Monopoly lover
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