Oh my. I must have recommended this board game to SO many people over the past year. I've always 'liked' Monopoly, but like most people, I expect, can get a little fed up after 2 hours of playing! I have also through the years collected different versions of Monopoly, but the game play has never differed all that much. You don't really expect it to.
However, upon playing Tropical Tycoon Monopoly for the first time, I was astounded by the differences. Finally, a different version of the well loved game that truly IS different! This version is based on a Tropical Island that has been developed into a self contained community including hotels, golf courses, housing, etc.
Although there are 6 playing pieces, it's recommended that no more then 5 play, as at the beginning of the game, while watching the DVD that accompanies the board, you get allocated a character (of which there are only 5 of which is a shame!!). Throughout the game, keep an eye on the DVD. News reports will be played (depending on the roll of the dice) which may or may not effect your character directly - even if it isn't your turn! The news reports are well made, entertaining, and just a little bit silly (always a good thing!).
Also, as you travel around the board and purchase properties, you get much more of a choice when building. You can go with the traditional houses and hotels if you like, but you also get the opportunity to buy more unique buildings (restaurants, docks, parks and casinos!). When people land on your property containing one of the latter buildings, the amount they pay depends on a number of factors (for example, casino - depends on the roll of a dice, restaurants - depends on the neighbouring developments). Parks and docks, however, will depend on the DVD - keep a close eye on it!! If the cruise ship is in dock, and the sun is shining, you'll earn more (or have to pay out more if you're the unlucky lander!)!
Overall, a fantastic, and finally UNIQUE, variation of a classic. More of these please Hasbro!
As an avid fan of the original Monopoly - and in principle, quite against all of these other versions that have come out - I was slightly dubious about playing Monopoly Tropical Tycoon, but after much cajoling from my younger brother, he, myself and his girlfriend sat down to play one evening after one of those "what the hell are we going to do tonight" conversations.
And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I would say that the best thing to do is to not think of it too much in the shadow of original Monopoly but to think of it as a game in it's own right. The board is pretty much exactly the same, with Jail and Free Parking both making an appearance but of course, rather than places like Old Kent Road and Bond Street, you get Palm Shore and Pelican Beach.
The added extra of course, is the DVD which adds a different element to the game, making it far more unpredictable and to be honest, more exciting than original Monopoly. On this DVD there is Chance and Community Chest as well as instructions as to what to do when players land on your land when there are casinos, piers, restaurants or parks on them. Yes, this is the added dimension, in that not only can you purchase beach houses and resorts (read houses and hotels) but you also have the choice of buying four other buildings - casinos, piers, restaurants and parks. But beware - the amount of money you may gain from these added extras varies and depends very much on various factors. For instance, if the DVD says there is a cruise ship in port, a pier is in high demand - but if there's not, your takings can reduce dramatically. At the casino, you may win, but the player landing on your land may also win, meaning you have to shell out the money.
I know there will be as many different opinions on this added element as there are players of this game, but I'll be honest - if you don't think of it as traditional Monopoly, it does add to the game. It makes it more interesting and more unpredictable which for someone like myself with a minuscule attention span, is an added bonus.
I would never have advocated a Monopoly spin off like this in the past, deeming them unworthy and only a money spinner - which I am sure they still are. However, it was good fun to play this one Sunday evening and would definitely play it again. Not as good as the original but still excellent fun! Can be bought virtually everywhere including Woolworths, WH Smith, Amazon.com etc and I believe the one I played was bought for around £10 in the sale.
This game is taking monopoly to the next step...
The DVD that comes with the game, randomly allocates characters to the players, which give specific bonuses to each player. The currency used is updated from the old game, the smallest note is £1,000.
When in the old games you would have houses, they are beach huts, and hotels are now resorts. There are also new buildings to buy for your properties: casinos, piers, restaurants and parks. The DVD decided the rent for these, based around the weather on the program, how many people are around, i.e. if a cruise ship has pulled in, and what features are to the immediate left and right. So, you could either get off lightly, if there is a storm in progress on the DVD and no tourists around, you would not get much of a fine landing on a casino or restaurant! But it could go completely the other way...
Community chest and chance are also given by the DVD, and generally follow a storyline. However, when all the choices have been used up, they are not repeated and they just stop.
Personally, I liked this game! (Even though I didn't do well and ended up bankrupt after landing on a casino and getting a £2,000,000 fine...) I like that it can end quickly, instead of going on for hours as monopoly generally does.
I like monopoly. Who doesn't. I believe that it is one of those board games that just get better with age. When i was little it was the excitment of getting all the houses before everyone else. Now its the possibility of cutting deals all over the board to keep in the money.
When i saw this game i was sceptical first. I am not a fan of DVD games. However this game simply uses the DVD as an aid to get the board going. Its the original monopoly, collecting properities, building house (beach huts in this one) and hotels (resorts). However there is the introduction of 4 new building. Casinos, parks, piers and resturants. When you land on one of these you have to select it on the DVD to see who owes who what. It adds more excitement to the game i think. There is also telivised community chest and chance.
Another addition to the game is the new broadcast that you watch if it comes up on the dice. This is yet another treat to the game, giving more possibilities to the way the game will pan out.
There are some bad points however. First off the news. However fun it is, once you've seen them all, its just something to skip in the end. Its a clever idea, but if you play the game with the same people, it'll get annoying watching the same thing over and over. Another bad point is that you have to have at least 3 people to play. Its not major but the option of just 2 would be nice
Put a new twist on classic Monopoly! Compete for property on a scenic, beautiful island with island-themed utilities and properties. Includes DVD, storyline and provides Community Chest and Chance cards. Age: 8+