Product Type: Hasbro board games
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Parker / Hasbro Monopoly
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Parker / Hasbro Monopoly
Advantages: Great pieces, rules, playability, a family compatible product!
Disadvantages: Causes a few non-cynical arguments.
Monopoly is a game enjoyed by millions for many years. The key to its success is its inherent simplicity and the heavy addictiveness it causes. It's a family game produced by Hasbro, a games company, and despite the introduction of digital versions, and new 'updated' ones - like Monopoly 'Millions', and 'City' - nothing could possibly beat the original I'm reviewing here.
The premise - You are a British property entrepreneur competing against several (2-6) other investors trying to buy property and gain rent, adding houses and hotels as you go (to increase income), and attempting to keep out of trouble and not spend too much on rent yourself. With your chosen piece / figurine (the dog, battleship, car, hat, iron, thimble, cannon, wheel-barrow, and boot) you must manoeuvre the board by roll of dice, moving from property to property (buying / paying rent / altering [adding and taking away houses]), until you either run out of the money or eliminate all others, forming a 'Monopoly'!. There are a few secondary initiatives thrown in to throw you off balance or give you an unexpected lift: Passing 'Go' gets your £200; Community Chest and Chance are two types of card that can be obtained by landing on the appropriate place - some cards give money, others fines, some place jumps, and some send you to jail; jail costs £50 to get out, if you stay in you cannot collect rent off of people and must await a double roll of the dice; 'income tax' means you owe money to the middle; free parking wins you the middle pot. There are a few other bits and bobs learnt along the way - but the basic concept of the game and some of its smaller parts have been explained above.
The start - You start with a bundle of cash (notes), amount disputable. What I do: 5 x 1, 2 x 5, 2 x 10, 2 x 20, 1 x 50, 4 x 100, 2 x 500. Everyone gets the same, that's the main thing. Once the cash and the pieces of sorted then away you go!
Interpreting the rules - Often, people can have differing, almost all of the time conflicting, interpretations of the rules. Classic examples include: the amount of hotels aloud, the amount of money received at 'Go', where tax money (and other funds related to 'Community Chest' and 'Chance') go's - bank or middle? and, if landing on FREE PARKING constitutes as an irrefutable claim for the money in the middle (if existent). Some of the these rules can be resolved if you look in the rule book which comes with the game, but often people cannot be bothered to look, or have decided against these rules anyway. Many openly admit to manipulation of the rules, claiming them to be 'family rules' which, quote: 'we always play with', so there!
Monopoly is a fun and enthralling game which can be played by 2 - 6 players (4 being the ideal) by the whole family, or a bunch of friends. The game tends to work best when everyone involved has played it previously, and understands / has agreed on the rules - whatever they are. Arguments are extremely common and should be wholly anticipated by all parties! Despite this, Monopoly is always a real laugh, and a real satisfier to win / obliterate all other opponents. Highly recommended for over the Christmas period - a fine gift!
AVAILABILITY: amazon.co.uk (for price above) FREE DELIVERY.
Summary: What fun!