Product Type: Hasbro board games
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Monopoly: It's classic!
Parker / Hasbro Monopoly
Member Name: louisechackett
Parker / Hasbro Monopoly
Advantages: fun for the family, classic and will last
Disadvantages: takes a long time to play usually!
My son loved the monopoly crazy cash game that I bought him last Christmas but we kept having issues with the cash machine sticking and this affected play and so this year I decided to buy him the normal version of monopoly for Christmas as I felt he would be able to cope with the game now that he was that bit older. This is my review of the game.
==What is it?==
I'm sure most people are aware of what monopoly is because it is one of those classic games which seem to have been around forever! It was in fact devised in 1934 and so it really has stood the test of time. I certainly remember playing it when I was a child and whilst back then the only version of the game was the original one it has evolved so there are many versions of the monopoly game now including football ones, television show ones and electronic versions too. It was the classic version that I bought for my son though for Christmas.
Monopoly is basically a property trading game in which you travel around a board purchasing property in London if you think it is worth the investment and you can then look to buy a full set of properties and build houses and hotels on them. When your opponent lands on your properties they should pay rent and the aim of the game is basically to be the player with the most money and so to bankrupt your opponents.
The game is made by Hasbro and Parker games and on the box we have the game name as well as the familiar monopoly man in a top hat and a segment of the game board. We are told that this is a family game and this is something I totally agree with. I know that adults would quite happily play this game with other adults as much as children and adults would play together and so I do think it is a game for all of the family. The game is advised for those aged eight years and above but I do think you can be sensible with this guideline and judge it on how you think your own child would cope with the rules and things. My son is seven but I knew he would be able to tackle the game this year where as last year I feel it would have been a bit much for him really.
==Playing the game==
When you open up the game box adults who have played this game as children themselves will be hit with a feeling of nostalgia I think. I know I certainly was! Inside the box there are the following:
Community chest cards
Plenty of small green houses
Plenty of large red hotels
Bank notes ranging from one pound up to five hundred pounds
Silver die cast playing pieces
Instructions on how to play the game
What is great with this box is that there is a plastic insert which is designed to hold the bank notes when separated and the property cards too as well as any unused playing pieces. Whilst it does take a few minutes to set up the game once you have got the pieces in to the slots in the plastic section of the box it looks much more organised and ready for play. I would advise getting some elastic bands to hold the property cards together and also one to hold the bank notes together because they cannot stay separated in the plastic section once the lid is on the box and so if you don't secure them they will fly all around the box and set up time will be dramatically increased.
The whole quality of the game is apparent really as you open the box. The game board is colourful and glossy but feels really well made. The notes are colour coordinated for ease of reference and all of the cards included are glossy and good quality. The metal playing pieces whilst don't feel quite as heavy as back in the days when I played the game as a child are really good quality and great to look at.
I did take a few minutes on Christmas day just to reacquaint myself with how many of each note people were given to start the game because I hadn't played the game for many years but for the most part we all knew the basics of the rules in which we play. Actually it does mention in the rules that people are known to create their own rules and whilst this is fine it may mean that the game is extended and will take a long time to play. In my experience monopoly has always been a long winded game and not something that you would start to play if you only wanted to be at it for half an hour anyway. A rule that we always played by but which is not an actual rule is that "fees" should be paid to the middle of the game board and whenever anyone lands on free parking they collect the loot.
I was amused by the fact that there was the familiar arguing over who was what playing piece in the game we played on Christmas day with my mum finally resigning herself to being an old boot! When I play with my son we don't argue about who will be what obviously! The little playing pieces really are classic though and they are nice to look at. I like that they haven't changed them over the years.
We always allow my son to start play because he is the youngest player and he is quite happy to move himself around the board and make decisions on what properties to purchase. What is great is because my son had the crazy cash version of the game which is much simpler and child like he is aware of which of the coloured properties are the ones most sought after and so he isn't going to rush out and waste money buying Old Kent Road for example! I think really monopoly is quite an educational game really because it teaches children not only about addition as they move around the board but it also teaches them about money handling as they have to pay rent or for properties. Another factor is that they learn a little about budgeting knowing when and when they can't afford a property but this is something that I think will develop more and more the older you get and the more experienced player you become.
My son is able to keep up with us adults for the most part when playing the game but he will sometimes become distracted and forget to ask someone for rent when they land on one of his properties for example. I think to a certain extent we can all be guilty of this though especially as the game can go on for an hour, two hours or sometimes even longer depending on which properties people manage to get their hands on! There are instructions included which tell you how to play a fast version of the game but this isn't something that we have bothered doing yet because we do enjoy the long haul game.
I think monopoly is such a great family game. Sometimes there is a bit of reluctance to get the game out because you know you can be in for a bit of an epic night as the game isn't a quick one at all but when you do get it out it is one of those games that children and adults will enjoy playing and I think it is probably the most classic board game ever. There isn't really any massive amount of skill to the game and it is literally luck of the dice really because once you have played the game once you are aware of which properties are going to bring the money rolling in, or at least should do. Again though the luck of the dice may mean that you own Mayfair and Park Lane with hotels but that your opponents keep skipping their way past them and so it becomes a bit of a dud investment!
Our only real confusion with this game comes down to what actually happens when a player is struggling for money and has properties that can be mortgaged. We don't really understand what happens from then on with those properties and if they are then free to be purchased by other players and if they are then for how much. We all read the instructions included with the game and were still quite confused so made up our own rules but I would love it if someone could enlighten me on that actually!
Monopoly is one of those games that I think every family unit should have. I have vivid memories as a child playing my brother at monopoly when we were both covered in chicken pox and off school and I can only have been my son's age if that. I think you can build memories of family time if you have this game in your home and it is one of those games that if looked after well will be played for many years and possibly even by grandchildren when your own children are grown up.
The game costs just over £10 on amazon and I think this is an excellent price to pay for a quality game.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: One which is always going to be a classic family game!