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For my views on the actual game of monopoly you can read my review of the main game. I bought this game before I had been enlightened by much better games and played a full game of monopoly with it a grand total of zero times.
The board consists of a tiny plastic box, with drawers that you fit the pieces, money and card in. Each square has a hole that means you can fix your playing piece to the board with the little peg attached to it. That is where its usefulness as a travel game ends. You couldn't play it in a car or any transport that moves too much as you still have to handle the teeny tiny cards and bank notes and throw the dice without them getting lost.
It would be difficult to play for those with dexterity or vision problems due to its small size and writing.
If you want to take monopoly away with you I would recommend taking all the pieces out the box (of the full sized game that you probably already own) and putting them in a small bag or box. I have managed to fit all the pieces in two floppy disk boxes (remember them?!). You can then either take the board separately or we made a board from four strips of paper with the properties written on in the right order, blue tacked to a table. We did it from memory as we know the game so well, but you could copy it out before you leave home!
Usefully for me they were selling this in a hospital shop during a boring stay. This is fiddly and you need to take extra care in packing it up.
Its hard to imagine when else someone would play this version, I definitely wouldn't recommend it for use in the car you'd be losing pieces everytime you moved your car even if you got it out for the kids during a traffic jam. You also couldn't play it on a plane as it wouldn't really fit on your little table. Being able to play it in the hospital is very useful though. Although if you've got a drip in it might be difficult to manuveur but thats what visitors are there for.
I would probably suggest that a different version of this such as a DS version would be more suitable for travel but in principle its a good idea. However it is much smaller so if you are travelling abroad you'll get the board game experience abroad without having to take a huge box.
The obvious bonus to taking travel monopoly anywhere with you is that it is small and less cumbersome than the whole set. The fact that all the pieces fit into the main board is also a bonus because it makes pieces harder to lose in transit.
Having noted the small pieces as an advantage, it's also true to say that because they are so small, playing becomes a bit fiddly and with one accident you can have all of the bits lost. As i discovered, It's definitely not one for the beach.... It might be worth taking a small bag to keep these in as it is a lot easier to just scoop all of the bits into one bag then trying to put them back into their proper place in the box.
It is also good for hospital visits as I discovered as the tables provided aren't really big enough for a whole set!
If you like monopoly then this is one to take, it's a cheaper version and easier to carry but the size in my opinion does effect the game play because the pieces are just so small. On the other hand it can turn a delay at the airport into a wonderful time to play games instead of one wandering around frustrated!
Travel Monopoly is very good for taking on holidays as it is compact and easy and light to pack, ideal for taking on self catering holidays when you are entertaining yourself in your accommodation.
It comes in a small red plastic case which opens out to the board. It has the exact same layout as the famous traditional board game. However the pieces are very small and can get lost easily. I would not let children play this in the car for this reason. The case is also a bit flimsy and you need to be careful parts don't break especially the hinges. Don't let this put you off though as Travel Monopoly is very good value for money. I brought mine a few years ago now it cost me 4.99 and the price is roughly the same now. It remains an affordable game that will keep you entertained for hours. (especially if you cheat!).
Monopoly - Travel Game
As I am recently travelling for Christmas I received Monopoly the travel game which has been very handy and gives us something to do in them boring days. I enjoy monopoly as it is constantly making you think ahead and you have to learn how to manage money. The game is all about buying, selling and renting properties and the only person to not go bankrupt wins.
**WHAT IS INCLUDED**
It has been cleverly designed with a fold out board which is plastic. You need to stick on a self-adhesive board onto the plastic base, making sure you line them up correctly and you are ready to play. Then all the pieces can be stored inside your box. Included is 6 plastic playing tokens (a hat, iron, dog, boat, car and boat), 6 plastic keys (which get you out of jail), monopoly money (in the form of 1, 5, 50, 100 and 500 pounds), 3 dice, 32 houses, 12 hotels, title deed cards and a list of chance and community chest tasks.
**BEFORE YOU START THE GAME**
You need to set it up, each player is given a certain amount of money as listed in the rules. Each person choses a token and will use this to move around the board. The bank never goes bankrupt and can issue as much money it needs in the form of IOU's. Each player throws the dice and the person with the highest number goes first and so on.
**RULES OF THE GAME**
For each turn you rill 2 dice and move clockwise around the board. If you land on a space you can buy the property. You have to pay rent if someone else owns it. On certain spaces you will have to pay taxes, go to jail, be 'just visiting' jail, roll for a chance or community chest task (using 3 dice), rest on free parking or collect 200 pounds if you pass go.
If you roll the dice and get doubles 3 times you do not need pass go and go directly to jail. The only way to get out of jail is if you pay 50 pounds, if you have won a get our of jail free key (you can also buy this from another player) or you roll doubles in one of your next 3 goes.
If you land on unowned property you have the chance to buy it. If you chose not to it is auctioned at the highest bidder. If the property is already owned by someone you will have to pay rent to the owner. The price will vary depending on the colour of the property, how many of that colour they own or if houses or hotels are owned on the property. If you have to mortgage a property as you are running out of money you will get less than what you paid for it (this amount is on the title deeds) and you have to pay 10% extra on top of that price to take it off from being mortgaged. You will have to turn your card upside down to show you have mortgaged it and you can't collect any rent from these sites.
If you land on a 'chance' or 'community chest' you have to roll 3 dice and add the numbers together, whatever this number is on the list for chance of community chest you must do. You have no other choice but to do as the card says.
Houses can be purchases for your properties, this increases your rent. You can put 4 houses on each property owned as long as you have a full set of that colour, if not you can not purchase houses. The next step is to buy a hotel. You have to put your houses up evenly, you can't just put 4 on the one property. If you run out of money, houses can be knocked down and you get half of what you paid for them.
** TRAVEL ASPECT **
The board could easily fit into your handbag so it is easy to take anywhere with you. Plus it's made of plastic so its durable and provided you don't totally soak the self-adhesive board it can be wiped clean if needed. They could have made it better by making the pieces magnetic so they would stick to the board as you could lose the small pieces easily. Plus it can be fiddly trying to move your pieces around the board and put houses up.
You have nowhere for the banker to store the money or the deed cards, we just use the box that it came in to store them which isn't very practical if you are on a bus, train or in the car. The dice are smaller but you still have to throw them so it causes the problem of the dice rolling off the board which can be a hugh problem if you are on public transport as you may never find them again. It means you can really only play the game if you have the adequate space.
The only aspect which is different than the original monopoly game is that the chance cards and community cards have been removed and replaced with one card with numbers on it. Instead you have to roll 3 dice and add the numbers up. Then go to the number on the card and this is your task to do. This doesn't really solve the problem it may reduce the space needed but you have to roll the dice which means you need to be careful not to drop it on the floor.
**MY OPINION ON THIS GAME**
I think it is a great family game as you constantly have to think and work with money. This could help children with their mental arithmetic and strategic planning skills. The aim of the game is to get a monopoly of properties and you will generally win. It does bring out a competitive streak in people which generally is a bit of fun. It means people have to work together and communicate to play the game. As this is a travel sized game it has been designed well with a re-sealable bag holding the tiny pieces, a compartment to hold the deed cards (which are small but still readable) and the money is tiny too. You need to stay alert while playing and always be thinking ahead.
Overall I would recommend this game for older children as small children could put the pieces in their mouth and swallow them easily. Plus younger children would not take care and lose the pieces very easily. Its not a game which you could play on the move say on a bus or train as the pieces would fall everywhere though you can play it if you have some space. If you want to play a game on public transport or on the move I would advise bringing cards.
The classic board game in a handy travel form, for 2 - 6 players. Build your property conglomeration anytime, anyplace. Age: 6+