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My daughter recently got the monopoly party game as a present from one of her school friends. As a family we love Monopoly and have quite a few of the games already.
This version is aimed at younger children and is a bit simpler than the other monopoly games whilst still looking and feeling like a monopoly game.
When we play the game both myself and my children loved it. It has a real 'feel good' factor to it and because it is about parties my daughter thought it was great.
The game pretty much works like normal monopoly everyone is given money and instead of buying the usual properties you buy parties.
My daughter in particular found this very amusing, you'd have thought she was actually going to attend the parties she was buying the way she reacted!
The best thing about this version is that it doesn't take all day to complete you can easily finish a game within an hour so its definitely more child friendly.
There are no hotels to buy in this game . You are given a set of presents in the same color as your mover and every time you buy a party you put one of the presents on that space so that everyone knows its yours.
When someone lands on the players party they have to pay you a set amount. As with the normal game it ends when someone runs out of money.
With a recent set of Amazon vouchers one of my purchases was a new board game for my daughter as she seems to be fast outgrowing others that I have bought over the years. I have always been a big fan of Monopoly but in recent months we have tried playing the credit card version with her and its fair to say for a 6 year old she told me it was boring and the game went on too long... I came across the Monopoly Junior Party game on Amazon and thought she would enjoy this better...Thankfully she loves it!
Aim of the game
So we all know in the original Monopoly you simply buy streets, have to purchase a full set before being able to place houses and hotels whilst trading and attempting to bankrupt other players. The makers have changed the aim slightly in this version which is more child friendly - all kids love anything party related and the game isn't supposed to last forever.
When you land on a party (which has replaced the street names) you have to buy it in this game, you don't have the choice like the original Monopoly... There is also no houses or hotels in this version... Instead you get little Presents (which have replaced the houses and hotels) in the colour of your icon (which are little birthday cakes) and you simply place on each party you buy so the other players know who they are to pay money to. If you land on the players party you pay them the set amount - which is anything up to £5.
Differences between Junior Party and Original Monopoly
Ok, to start off this Junior Party version of Monopoly is suitable for persons aged 5+ - it is better for younger children to play as the game doesn't take as long as the original I know from experiance can take hours or even days to complete depending on how competitive the other players are!
On the original Monopoly the game can be played between 2-8 players at once but this version has enough movers for 4.
The game board on this one is smaller to the original Monopoly - so it doesn't take as long to get around and collect your money for passing go. The total spaces on the Junior board is just 24 compared to 40 spaces on the original.
The streets which you can buy in the original Monopoly have been changed in this junior version to different party types. For example - Pool Party.
In this Monopoly version you get £1 notes instead of the varied money amount in the original monopoly. Depending on the number of players in the game you only get up to £18 when the banker deals the money in the beginning of the game.
The "free parking" rule still comes into force in the party version however it is done a bit differently which is more fun for kids. In the game you get a flat packed piece of cardboard and when slotted together makes a little 3d present box which can be opened and closed. If you land on a chance card and you need to pay money, this goes straight into the present box which sits in the middle of the board. There is then 2 x present box spaces that you can land on the board, and if you happen to land on it you win all the money inside the box - my daughter absolutly loves it this way, and in my opinion a bit more fun for kids than simply scooping all the money off the middle of the board!
Similarities to the original
One thing I found a bit strange on this version is that there is a go to jail space... don't see how this fits in with kids birthday parties but I suppose they have to keep some things like the original Monopoly!
You also get party card for each space you buy like the original where you buy the individual streets...
Contents of this game
In this game of Monopoly you get your gameboard, 16 party cards, a wad of money, 4 cake movers, 1 party box, 32 present tokens (to place on top of your parties) and 1 dice.
Would I recommend?
I initially purchased this game to play with my daughter as I have always been a huge Monopoly fan and I was dissapointed that she got bored of the original. If I am honest I just wanted a more child friendly Monopoly that she can sink her teeth into and hopefully when she is older she will apprieciate the original. This version is bright, fun, exciting, not complicated, no negotiating, no long boring hours... And in a way its almost like a learning tool, they learn to count and deal with their money and to them its just a game! Its absolutly perfect for a young child! Would highly recommend to all!
I purchased this game from Amazon for £10.18 with super saver delivery but at the time of writing this review the price has dropped slightly to £9.49.