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Monopoly the fantastic board game has been brought to the PC.
[ [ OBJECT OF THE GAME ] ]
You must travel around the board purchasing properties as you go. Each property is part of a set and each set has its own colour. The aim of the game is to bankrupt the rest of the players in the game.
[ [ WHAT YOU DO ] ]
You can purchase properties at a price. If any other player lands on these properties then they must pay you a fine. If you have a set of properties you can build houses and hotels on those properties. This allows you to receive more money when another player lands on them.
Monopoly is such a thrilling game right from the off. With the ability to trade with other players to make sets in your own collection and hazards such as chance and community chest (these either give you money, take it or move you round the board) there is a lot of strategy going into your play as well as a little luck.
The PC game features 3D sequences that move your playing piece around the board in a 3D Monopoly. The effects are simple but effective. You can of course disable the 3D effects to speed up the game.
All in all I prefer the board game but at least there is no setting up and clearing away to do if you play on your PC.
A board game on the PC seems to defeat the object of a "board" game but this world-wide classic is just as entertaining on your 15" screen as it is on your dining room table.
The games simplicity is not lost in the PC version with all the roads, stations and utilities on from the original. If you get bored of wiping out all your competitors with your hotel on Mayfair then you can always move your way to a possible 9 other european boards. the downside to this though is that the chance and community chest cards dont change and so you find yourself advancing to a non-existent parklane!
The beauty of harnessing new technology is the fact that you dont have to sit through hours of play with your annoying cousin who keeps screaming every time he gets sent to jail. Now the only people that can annoy you are Mr Money-bags and the voices of the pieces (and even these can be turned off). Another advantage of the pc version is the ability to play online and play people from burnley to hongkong without ever having to leave the house.
Overall the game is a classic of a classic, the gameplay is effortless and monopoly can finally be enjoyed with none of the tedious drawbacks!
Many years ago, while wandering around a shop in the US, I happened upon the CD-ROM version of the ever-popular board game of Monopoly. Always wary of knock-offs, I was pleased to see that this was produced by the owners of the original Monopoly game, Hasbro, and decided to pick up this PC version of the game. Remember, this was many years ago, and I believe it cost me all of US $5 and it came with no box at all just in a cellophane wrapper around the regular CD case.
The Installation Stuff:
Normally all you have to do these days is put the CD into the drive, close the door and the program will automatically begin to install itself. However, this being an old version, we had to do the run, setup bit but that didnt matter since it installed very quickly on our old computer and we also had no problem re-installing it onto our new computer (Windows XP Home Edition). From the requirements below in the Technical Stuff, youll see that this wont gobble up lots of disk space at all.
The Playing Stuff:
After the introduction, which you can quickly click through, youll get to a spot that asks you to add players. This is essentially the beginning of a new game. Here youll add your name (or use one of their computer players), or even if you can succeed in doing it, because my old program wont connect up with players on the internet. After each players name has been entered, you get to choose a token that will be your playing piece for the game. There are only 8 tokens so a maximum of 8 people can play this game. When all the players names have been entered and tokens chosen, you simply hit Go and the game will start. Note that the computer may not set up the list of the players in the exact same order that you put them into the game. Then you click on the dice and the play begins.
Now, if youve never played Monopoly before, then you have probably just arrived from Mars or have been in a coma or at least frozen for the past 70 years. In which case, for your benefit Ill tell you that the object of the game is to buy properties, develop them with houses and hotels and hope that the other players land on your properties so that you can take all their money away from them. Simple, isnt it? Actually, it is very simple. But there are a few things to remember. Such as, you can only improve on properties if you have a full set of them (meaning all the blue ones or all the yellow ones or whatever colour you like). Also, you can only buy a property when you land on it, so theres still some chance involved here. Moreover, if you have an opponent who likes to buy wildly, you might find yourself with two red properties while he has the third one. Thats when the fun begins with trading and making deals! The game ends, of course, when one player goes bankrupt because they cant pay their debt and cant trade out of the problem. Yes, just like the board game, its as simple, and fascinating as that!
The Nice Stuff:
First of all, there are lots of ways to customize the way you play this game. You can play against other human players on the computer, you can play against some built-in computer players or you can play on-line. Now, Ive never been able to work out how to connect so I can play on-line, but if someone wants to teach me how, Id love to hear it.
Moreover, you can do things that will make the playing go faster or slower. For instance, you can have all sorts of animations or you can turn them off. You can also turn off things like the sounds, music, and certain options like landing on Free Parking will or will not net you money.
I found that the simple animations and graphics here were very nicely done, with things like your token rotating when its your turn, or Uncle Moneybags pulling up the Chance and Community Chest cards for you. You can also determine how you look at the board either from above where the whole board is visible, or from an angle as if youre physically moving around the board with your token. Personally, I prefer the God view where I see everything. I also like to have the option on where all of the un-purchased properties are grayed out, so that you can see whats been bought and what has not. That also happens if you have to mortgage a property, so when youre going around the board you can see where the safe spots are.
As for the sounds, there is a midi-music option which plays loops of jazzy songs that you can turn off if you like, or you can even just turn off the ones you dont like. Ive found that on my computer the game stalls a tad when the music changes, so we mostly play without the music. There are also the sound effects like the noise of the dice when theyre being shaken and rolled, as well as other sounds like the ones used for each token, and sounds when certain things happen in the game. For instance, if you land on Go to Jail youll hear a police siren, or if you get the card that tells you that you have to pay for improved properties (those are the ones that youve built houses and hotels upon), youll hear construction noises of hammering and drilling. Pretty cute, and we usually leave these on.
There are also options that allow you to change the feel of the game. For instance, if you prefer the British Chance and Community Chest cards, you can have those, but if you like the American ones, you can keep those as well. In my old version (probably the first one they came out with), you can only have the US properties. However, Ive noticed that in newer versions you can not only choose what country version you play, you can even choose from some specific cities. (You might know that the properties on the original game are based on Atlantic City, New Jersey in the US.)
The other nice thing about this game is that you can save it in the middle if you wish. This means that you dont have to worry about finishing the game in one sitting, and trust me we all know that these games can potentially go on for hours, so this is a great option. And, regarding the options, once youve got the game playing the way you want it to, you can save the options as defaults so that you dont have to fix them all each time you start to play a new game. I always like that in a game. By the way, I see that the newer versions of this game have an on-line playing option, which might be a way to play on occasion (but parents, remember that playing any game on-line where a name is used can be dangerous always make sure your kids on-line names are as anonymous as possible).
The Not So Nice Stuff:
As I mentioned, I prefer to turn off the midi-music when we play this game. You see, in truth, they can get pretty tedious and annoying after a while. Also, I often turn off lots of the animations because this too slows the game down. But while the animation options can be saved, the music and sound options have to be adjusted for each game, and that is a tad disturbing, but hardly the worst thing youll have to do when you play.
But the biggest problem with this game is that it has a default where if you decide not to buy a property when you land on it, then that property automatically goes up for auction. This is a recipe for cheating when youre playing with only human players. I mean, if you get your opponent to agree that once either of you have purchased one of the properties in a certain colour, then the other one wont buy properties in that same colour, and you allow the auction, well, then you can buy through the auction some of the best properties for only one dollar (or pound, as the case may be). Thats really not fair, and so weve turned off the auction option altogether.
The Whole Stuffing:
In conclusion, this is an easy game to learn and play, its versatile enough so that you can customize it to the way you like to play, and it will give you hours of fun without any blood or guts on the screen. However, to tell the truth, it really isnt as much fun as playing with the whole family or a group of friends around the table. It is, however, a very good substitute, and one that you can pull out when just you or a couple of people want to play and you dont feel like setting it up and clearing it off when youre finished. But unless you have a very large computer room, I wouldnt suggest more than two people play on this computer game at one time, since it can get quite crowded and cramped. Ill give this one four stars recommended, but not 100% perfect.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © January 2004, updated July 2006
This game is rated 3+ to adults, as it has no offensive language, no nudity and no violence. (But this shouldnt stop you from swearing to high heaven when you land on someones property that has a hotel on it, or playing it as strip-Monopoly or beating your opponent to a pulp when you finally go bankrupt.) I believe they now rate this as E for everybody. If you ask me, as soon as a kid can read, theyll be able to play this game.
Monopoly is a Hasbro game and unfortunately, the official web site of the PC version of this game is no longer available. Hasbro gave over all the electronic rights of this game to Atari and today you can only buy this through Atari for the Nintendo platform which is in a 4 in 1 package together with Boggle, Yahtzee and Battleship at http://www.uk.atari.com/index.php?pg=product&id=163&showpack=1.
However, on Amazon.co.uk you can buy the newer version for £9.99, or through their marketplace from £0.01, as well as many of the other versions (Tycoon, Junior, etc.). Ive also seen this version as well as other PC versions on Ebay starting from £0.49 and there always seems to be some on sale there.
Monopoly CD-ROM Game System Requirements (from my old 1996 edition, so dont laugh, OK?) are as follows:
Computer IBM 486/33 MHz (or 100% compatible)
Memory Minimum 8mb
Windows 3.1; 3.1 or 3.11 for workgroups; 95
Display Minimum 640x480 display, 256 colours
Hard Disk Minimum 10mb non-compressed space
CD-ROM minimum double speed (quad-speed recommended)
Network TCP/IP network protocol stack with a Winsock.dll v1.1 or equivalent.
Reviewed on monopoly on the Snes
I remember when I use to play Monopoly with my family until late at night and had to carry it on the next day because it went on for ages one marathon of a game. The basic idea of this game is quite simple you have to try and buy buildings, When you had bought a group of buildings or a group of the same colour spaces on the board, this enables you to buy houses and hotel,. You want your opponents to land on the spaces/buildings you own so you can charge them, and make them pay you money want to try to make your opponents go bankrupt to win the game you do this buy owning the most buildings and monopolising the board. This is an American version of the game so the buildings are not the same as the board game I played but this doesnt really make a big difference to me. But will the SNES game compare well the board game read on to find out!!!
When you start the game a safe opens with options inside of it. You have a choice of playing with up to 8 human or computer opponents, For each of the humans characters you can put your name in this will stop confusion when you are playing so someone else does not take your turn. You also have to choose between one of eight pieces you want to be a dog, hat, Wheel-barrier, Iron, Horse, Car, Thin-ball, and a boot You use pieces on the board. Then you have a choice of between 8 characters, Jeeves, Betty Sue, Paulie, Amanda, Billy Bob, Mary Anne, Elizabeth, and Gary Cant, These are not the most of original names but the characters are an extra which I didnt expect. Once all of this has been done the safe closes and you start your game.
Playing the Game
Each player starts with 1500 dollar/pounds in monopoly money.
The players take it in turns to throw the dice then move there pieces around the board the number that was threw by the dice is the amount of spaces the player moves there piece, if a player throws a double they get to throw a again, getting three doubles in a row will send a player to jail. When you land on a space which Is a building you get three choices you either press A to buy the building, or press the B button to auction the building, the building will also be auction if you dont have enough money to buy it, You press the Y button to take a look at the deeds. Now you have brought a building you want your opponents to land on the building this is how you make money, once you own a group of buildings you can buy houses and a hotel this will increase the amount you get when an opponent lands on this one of your buildings, but you must have 4 houses on each spade/building before you can buy a hotel. There are a total of 40 spaces on a Monopoly board which comprise of 4 Train stations, 3 community chest and Chance spaces, Electrical plant, the buildings comprise of 4 groups of 3 and 2 groups of 2. There is also a go to jail space if you land on this you will be sent to join to get out of join you most either roll a double or have a get out of jail free card, a jail space if you land on this you will be just visiting, free car parking which does nothing, and a pass go sign you get 200 monopoly dollars when you pas this. This is good fun but like the normal game can go on for quite sometime even though it is quicker in general because I usually play against one computer opponent or I think I would become board. To win the game you want you opponent not to have any money or buildings left once you have done this you will win the game and be wearing the monopoly crown.
When you start a game you get the Monopoly board cover the whole screen the board looks like a basic Monopoly board apart from it has the players names with how much money they have. When you roll the dice a big hand comes and throws them, when your character moves around the board a little screen appears this shows your character moving and the monopoly bloke running also for some reason. The Pieces, which are moved around, the board look good also. Overall the graphics do there job well.
You get some dodgy music that does become quite annoying after a while. The sound effects are quite good when your pieces more around the car they make there noises the car revs its engine, you can hear the dogs feet and it barking. The dice sound realistic also but the sound wasnt really needed in this game but it does it job well and is not too annoying.
This is an easy game to play for beginners or experts, children or adults and the best bit is you dont have to have a board all over the floor with all the money everywhere!! But a negative this game is probably quite hard to find because I havent seen it in the shops much not even in the second hand sections so ordering it off the web is probably the best way of getting this game. I wouldnt say this game is for everyone but it is entertaining and is a very playable game even though the computer opponents can be very tough to beat. I would recommend this game to fans of Monopoly or people with families.
Cost: £1-10 I paid £5
*i asked dooyoo to move this opinion, and they did. But the next day its seems to have re-appeared in the original place. So dooyoo, you can remove this opinion, as i have re-writen it into the correct section!* Anyway.....¬ WARNING-*- The word nibbles has been used in this opinion, i hope this does not offend the younger generation,(if you dont know what it means, it means little items of snack food, such as peanuts or crips that you nibble on during say films or games). To begin... You might be asking why on Earth I am writing an opinion on Monopoly; after all most people know what it’s about and it’s hardly a new product. However these are opinions not reviews and I feel like expressing my views on the game we call Monopoly (and I am being honest when I say I’m not just writing an opinion on it for the sake of writing an opinion on something, if that makes any sense to you). In case you are unaware Monopoly is the classic property trading board game (I say “the” because I don’t know of any others) manufactured by Waddingtons (and now by Hasbro), probably the most well-known board games manufacturer of them all. The game has been around for over half a century (it was first produced in 1935) and the copy I own is at least 10 years old. The game is set on a square board, with everyone starting rather imaginatively at the square marked “Go”. Players move around the squares on the edge of the board landing on properties and a few other landmarks. If a property is already owned, the player who lands on it must pay up, if it isn’t then he/she has the option of purchasing it. Sounds simple eh? Well as most of you who have played it well know there is much more to it than that! The logical first step for prospective players is to choose a playing piece. These have varied immensely over the years, especially with “new” editions of the game such as “Fr
ance ’98 Monopoly” and “Star Wars Monopoly” but there are always (to my knowledge) six. In the set I own they are metal (although most modern ones are plastic) and are a tank, a train, a car, a sail ship, a motorbike and my favourite; the orange tractor (always remember that the tortoise defeated the hare). Then the money is dealt out (it’s not real, I’m afraid) and we all receive a whopping great £1500 (don’t worry houses and hotels are somehow quite affordable with this)! The various cards are shuffled and placed in the correct places and away we go, after a long debate about who starts. Eventually someone rolls the two dice and move the number of spaces corresponding with the total number of dots on the dice. Now’s when not having a copy of the rules becomes slightly awkward, but as far as I understand it nobody can purchase any property on the first go round (presumably to prevent the person starting first from gaining an advantage). On the plus side you don’t have to pay any taxes if you land on a square specifying that you must pay tax. Once the irritating first whiz (or crawl) around the board is complete then the game begins properly. Most of the 40 squares around the board are purchasable properties (28 of them in fact). Two others are “tax squares” where you have to pay the specified amount, one is jail, one is go to jail, one is free parking, one is “go” and the remainder (presumably 6) are either “chance” or “community chest”. The properties range from the cheapest (Old Kent Road at £60) to the most expensive (Mayfair at an extortionate- well not really- £400) and the rents gained reflect the value of the property. These are arranged into eight “sets”: Brown: Old Kent Road & Whitechapel Road Blue: The Angel Islington, Euston Road & Pentonville Road Pink: Pall Mall, Whitehall & Northumberland A
venue Orange: Bow Street, Marlborough Street & Vine Street Red: Strand, Fleet Street & Trafalgar Square. Yellow: Leicester Square, Coventry Street & Piccadilly. Green: Regent Street, Oxford Street & Bond Street. Purple: Park Lane & Mayfair. As you can see the majority of London’s more famous boulevards are included. These “sets” are incredibly important. Although any unowned property can be purchased when you “land” on it (after the first time round), they will, being undeveloped, earn just a measly few pennies rent (from £2 for Old Kent Road to £50 for Mayfair). If the remainder of the set is owned then this rent is doubled, but this still hardly a good return on your investment; to get lots of money you must invest in houses and even a hotel. Houses or hotels can only be built on properties when you own the whole set and cost £50-£200 depending on the property. Each house increases the rent to be paid by those who land on the property dramatically, and up to four houses can be built on each property (represented in my set by small green wooden blocks) and the fifth “house” turns them all into a single hotel (represented in by set by slightly larger red wooden blocks), only one of which can be built per property. The profits to be gained in rent range from £250 with a hotel on Old Kent Road to a devastating- for your opponents- £2000 for a Mayfair hotel. Oh just to let you know, the money in the game is not real! So dont try and buy stuff with it, i tried people dont get impressed. This might all sound a little complicated, but I assure you that is just my clumsiness in explaining it and in reality the game is very easy to pick up. The system leads to plenty of excitement and heated moments as each player attempts to stop his/her opponents gaining a set while he/she tries to get one for him/herself. Any property can change hands between players at any time with the price
set by the owner, and this can create a fortune for a player holding a much wanted property (represented by the property card that he/she gets when buying it). You might, or more likely may not, have noticed that the number of properties in the “sets” does not correspond to the 28 properties I mentioned earlier. This is because there are six more ownable properties, namely stations and utilities. There are for stations that can be bought for £200 each and the rent gained when someone lands on them is quite simple: £50 if you own just the one station, £100 if you own another, £150 if you own three and £200 if you own all four. Houses and hotels cannot be built on these but they are good investment early in the game. There are two utilities (“electric company” and “water works”) costing £150 each. If you own one then the rate owned is 4 times the number rolled by a player in the turn he/she lands on the property, and if you own two it is 10 times (so a max of 10 X 12). In my opinion these are not ever a great investment, only to be brought if you have ample money to spare! Community Chest and Chance cards are picked up when you land on the squares saying “Community Chest” or “Chance”. They can be good or bad, and involve such things as paying doctors fees, maintenance on houses and hotels, advancing to Mayfair, winning a crossword competition and even a bank error in your favour (of £200). Any fees are placed in the centre of the board (normal property fees are paid to the bank) and anybody luck enough to land on “free parking” gets all the money in the middle. Go to jail is pretty self-explanatory and once in jail you have three attempts to throw a double to get out or you have to use a “get out of jail free” card or pay £50 to the middle. If you land on the tax squares (why did they have to be included- I thought super-rich people avoided paying tax!) then you mus
t pay up the specified amount, to the middle. Every time you reach or pass “Go” you collect £200. That’s about it on playing the game- there are a couple more points such as mortgaging properties to get extra money, but these are fine details explained fully in the rules. Although it may appear complicated it is easy to pick up and yet difficult to master. Tactics are important despite the obvious element of luck (it is quite frustrating when people manage not to land on your Mayfair hotel!). I always find it best to buy as many properties as possible before they all go and then I trade with other players to get whole sets. Do not be lured into getting easy money from selling out to people though; it is properties (especially sets) that make you the money in the long-run! This game does get very tense and can be played by all ages bar young children (and there is a special “junior monopoly” for them which is exciting to kids but unbelievable boring to adults). It does take a long time though and can lead to arguments (especially if played with siblings). In fact now is perhaps time to mention just one more (sorry this is so long) important fact- rent need only be paid if the owner of the property asks for it before the next player rolls the dice- this in turn can cause bitter arguments. On the whole though the game concludes with each contestant still alive. The person with the most money when one goes bankrupt is declared the winner, or alternatively the last person to go bankrupt (this must be decided BEFORE the start of the game). It is best played with talkative friends, plenty of “nibbles” and of course drinks (but not too many!) and for the students yes they can be alcoholic beverages. The fewer other distractions (e.g. TV) the better, otherwise the game takes even longer and becomes not dissimilar to watching paint dry. For experience over the years i have found a few drinks does help liven up the
game a bit and adding a few of your own customised twists makes it never ending fun. But please dont get carried away and play past your bedtime, you have work in the morning!!!! Im not quite sure how much the game retails at, at the time i bought it, it was about £19.99, im quite sure what it is now, but come on, who hasnt got a copy of this game lying about in their loft or basement somewhere. So get hunting, get your "nibbles" out and your friends round and pass GO!!! Dave
This puzzler/god game was developed by Sculptured Software and published by Parker Brothers and can be played by up to eight people.