Product Type: Hasbro board games
Newest Review: ... you have to have one. And don't get me started on the rip-offs that are Simpsons Monopoly, Manchester Monoploy, Australian Monopoly and... more
Member Name: doriee
Date: 11/12/12, updated on 11/12/12 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Fun game for everyone to enjoy, teaches life skills, competitive
Disadvantages: long game.
Board games are something that has been in my life for as long as I can remember and specifically I cannot remember a time in my life where Monopoly has not been in it. I remember playing with this as a child with my sister not really understanding the concept of the game but I learnt as I went along. I remember playing with the money in my toy shop and other various imaginary games. (No wonder all the money went missing eventually) This games was played often by my parents and my aunt and uncle when they all came round and I remember it lasting all night long, what they didn't know was while they played this for hours on end us 7 children played upstairs in our rooms hide and seek in the dark with wool stringed up all over the place to make it harder, they wasn't impressed when they noticed after they had finished their game.
This game is basically a trading game. Although that doesn't sound like family fun, it is. This is recommended for 8 years and above but if left to fool around with it I believe children younger have the capability to work this out like I did. The point of this game is to move around the board stopping on streets buying property and then investing in them by building houses and hotels, when another player lands on your property they have to pay you tax. This involves taking chances, the risk of jail and even a lottery. This game includes the board, 12 metal pieces which you choose to move around the board, the money in 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and £1 notes. 2 dice, community and chance cards and a selection of green houses and red hotels and the sets of property usually three in one colour set and these are the streets of London, the ones being of higher value actually are in real life for example whitechapel is £60, but mayfair is £450. 2 to 6 players can play this game and it can go on for a long time but about 4 hours I've found is even to either establish a winner or have someone completely thrash everyone and win.
I remember, I always choose to be the metal boot as my piece to move around the board, usually because I could stick my finger in the top and move it around like a leg because I'm immature, but it worked for me, the pieces I found were so random and irrelevant such as a dog, a boot, an iron, a statue and some other silly things. My sister was always the dog which still makes me laugh now. Before starting the game we always appoint a banker, someone who will issue the passing go money and handle the payments for properties. This was usually my dad when playing with family or the male of the group when playing with friends, it makes them feel alpha and important. The banker also issues all the start up money, I don't know by heart but you get one or a couple of each of the money for start up funds. In my groups we all usually role a dice each and who ever gets the highest amount gets to role the dice first and begin playing, it's never me.
For unknown reasons, I've always been brought up with "You never do anything on the first round." This always at the time seemed pointless to me, but then I started to realize that it means the ones that role less numbers and don't "pass go" as quick as everyone else are further behind in buying property and getting their £200 passing go money, this makes the game very competitive right from the first role. Another thing we did when we first started playing is put a nice pink crisp £500 note in the middle, this is the "kitty" when someone lands on the free parking, this means they get the money in the middle. To build up the money in the middle, this is where all the taxes are paid when you land on the chance and community chest cards, this pile grows quickly and often has to be moved to the side because it's over taking the board.
When playing it turns into a rushing frenzy of everyone buying everything and anything that they land on even if it's rubbish, my dad always got at least one purple card (Mayfair or Park lane, expensive!) After the made frenzy and we all look like crazy people we take a breather and realise, no one has a full set of colours, without a full set it means you cannot progress in the game and build houses or hotels. What we do is "wheel and deal" each player will ask to swap something of theirs for another card making everyone build up their sets, this can sometimes involve some bribery of fake money and these days, cigarettes, tea making and all sorts, but it works! At the end of it everyone has full sets, if you don't have any sets, it means you're going around the board paying taxes on everyones property with no income of money, meaning you're the player that will be out of the game in less than half an hour.
Once the sets are established everyone I know goes crazy for hotels and houses, these increase the value of the street, so when someone lands on it they have to pay you more tax and this is how people start losing, by no one landing on their items, getting no income, landing on everyone elses and having to pay them, and eventually pay by giving them hotels, and then the dreaded property. What starts as family fun becomes a round room of cavemen people fighting and laughing at the top of their voices, cheering or moaning because they're rubbish and losing. Aaaaand, four hours later, everone is tired, everything goes quiet and it's clear who has won because they have almost all the property and full contents of the bank sat in front of them, and we all just give up.
To this day I have never seen a single Monopoly game through, not because it isn't enjoyable (BECAUSE IT IS) but because the clear winner is such a smug little so and so you no longer want to play with them, just hit them around the smug face with the board. But keeping my cool I don't do that, I just give up with dignity. Actually saying that I've usually lost half way through the game. Without even realizing it this game teaches us so much, I learnt how to play this game not by being told or reading the instructions, but by playing it, the same way we do in life, we learn about buying houses, tax's and other things through life experiences and just going a head and doing them ourselves. This is great bonding time with the full family, it helps teach how to count because they have to use money, it teaches competitiveness and how to play nicely without losing the cool!
Overall, there has been so many variations of this game but at the end of it they're all still the same and the all still take hours of our lives to play something we're all already doing in real life, but this is the fun way. The downside is these days because I know how long it takes is getting everyone together who all have this spare time available, also, this game keeps for years, but the parts don't. They sell re fills of everything but if the just provided more in the game, it would be ok.
Summary: a great timeless game