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Monopoly. Nintendo Wii
Going back to the winter of 2010 I was having a bit of a phase of purchasing a lot of Wii games and during one evening browsing play.com I came across Monopoly for the Wii. Having played the board game a few times and reading the blurb on the website about the game I decided at just £9.99 it might be worth a go.
Monopoly comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, contained inside the box is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow if you need it.
Once set up the game is relatively easy to start you will start the game with only the classic Monopoly board available to play. To begin your game you must first choose which piece you would like to play as, my personal preference is the dog. At this stage in the game you can choose to enter your name or you can leave it as player 1. I usually leave my name as player 1 as the game doesn't remember your name from one game to the next so I didn't see the point of continually re-entering it each time I played.
The basics of Monopoly on the Wii is the same as a game of Monopoly with the board game, you roll the dice by shaking the wii remote, your playing piece will then automatically move around the board. When you land on property you can purchase it or if it has already been bought by another player then you will get a little message pop up on the screen telling you how much rent you owe them. Just like in the board game there are chance cards, jail and collecting money when you move past 'Go'.
I have only played the board game a few times so I might have missed some of the rules but there are a few options available on the Wii version which, to my knowledge, you cannot do in the board game, I may be wrong though so please don't quote me on these!
In the Wii version when you land on an un-owned property you are given the option of buying it or sending it to auction. In the auction the other players will bid up to the amount that they are willing to pay for the property and the highest bidder will then win that property.
If you are running low on money during the game you are given the option to mortgage any property that you own, this is great for a quick cash boost however I recommend trying not to mortgage anything as when a property is mortgaged you will not earn any rent if the other players land on it.
There is also an opportunity to trade properties with other players, this is quite good as you can often get away with ripping the computer controlled players off and gain extra property from them. Property which you gain through trades doesn't count towards stamps in your passport, but trading is a good way to own more property and be able to purchase houses and hotels to charge more rent.
When you purchase a property in Wii Monopoly you will collect stamps in your Monopoly passport. These stamps will unlock new boards for you to play on. Each unlockable board is themed and they include, the Cheese Board, Future Board, Art Deco Board and Jungle Board to name a few. On each board the properties are named accordingly to fit in with the theme of the board, for example in the cheese board you can purchase property that is named after different types of cheese and in the Jungle board you can purchase Jungle Vines. Each of the properties in the unlockable boards counts towards stamps in your passport and will unlock more boards.
According to the box a game of Wii Monopoly takes around 30 minutes to complete, so far I have never completed a game in less than 45 minutes, but some games have taken easily over an hour to finish. The good thing about Wii Monopoly is that is has an auto save feature so if you find that you don't have time to complete your game you can return to it at a later date without loosing your progress in both the game and stamps in your passport.
The game play itself is smooth on all of the boards except the Ice Board which seems to have a bit of a glitch loading and the lines on the board don't line up so it doesn't look as good as the others. During the game you will have a running commentary from the Monopoly man which can be quite irritating if you are playing the game a lot as he will repeat his catchphrases endlessly, to my knowledge there is no way of turning him off other than muting the sound on your TV, which you might want to do anyway as after an hour or so of the themed music for each board you might feel like your head is going to explode as the music for each board is very repetitive and after a while becomes irritating.
Up to 4 players can play a game of Monopoly on the Wii. The multiplayer mode works in exactly the same way as single player and it is a great way of earning stamps in your passport. Each player must have an individual remote to play and in every game there is a total of 4 players regardless of the number of human players the remainder will be made up of computer controlled players. You do have to wait for all players to take their turns, but really this doesn't take too long so isn't so bad.
** Richest Edition **
Another feature of Monopoly on the Wii is the Richest Edition. I have only played this once as I didn't enjoy it.
Richest edition is nothing like the original Monopoly, to play this version you need to forget everything you have ever known about Monopoly, other than moving around the board and buying property. For each turn you must compete in Monopoly Mini Games and depending on how well you do in the mini games will affect how well you do in the board part of the game. As you move around the board you will gain properties by simply landing on them, no money is needed or exchanged. If you land on a property that is owned by another player then you must pay them by giving them your property. At the end of the game the points are all added up by who owns which properties and the winner is declared.
I personally don't enjoy the Richest Edition of Monopoly at all as I think it takes away a lot of the original features of the game and makes it less enjoyable.
** Controls **
The controls of the game are easy, to roll the dice you simply shake the Wii remote and press the A button. For selecting items on the screen you use a simple Point and Click action.
** Price and Availability **
I purchased this game in the winter of 2010 from Play.com for £9.99, however it is now for sale on there at £11.95 so a bit of an increase but I would still say it is worth the price.
** My Experience and Opinion **
Apart from the Richest Edition part of the game I really enjoy playing Monopoly on the Wii and I do find myself getting quite competitive with the computer controlled players, especially if I am loosing! Unlike a lot of the Wii games that are in my collection Monopoly is one of the games I can sit on the sofa and simply point and click and not have to bounce around the room, so after a long day I do particularly enjoy this game. It does have an age of 3+, I realise this is because there is no offensive material contained in the game, however I doubt that young children will be able to get to grips with the concept of the game.
Thanks for reading :)
This game is based on the popular and loved board game, which is amazing. It can be picked up for around £15 but this video game version doesn't really do the board game any justice (and Mr Monopoly is actually quite annoying).
In the game you basically play like you would the board game although there are no real dice or playing pieces (it's all on screen), which kind of takes the fun out of Monopoly, especially because you don't get that feeling of achievement when you count your money and you realise you've won, Mr Monopoly takes care of all that.
I suppose one of the only plus points is that you can play by yourself on the Wii, which is quite hard to do with the board game. Although this could be a negative point as it would probably make you feel quite sad playing a virtual board game by yourself against a computer. Also, the music gets really annoying.
So, in summary, this game isn't really that good, although there is a variety of different themed boards and a mini-game (so maybe there is a little re-playability factor) but you'd be better off using your £15 to buy the real board game.
I am sure most people by now know what Monopoly is and how it works, it does seem to have been around forever and most people I know own a board game version.
You can now get a Monopoly game for the Nintendo Wii, which enables you to have up to 4 people playing at the same time, without the hassle of setting up the board, dishing out the money, electing a banker and trying to find all the pieces. Everything you need is on the disc, well apart from the people and the Wii remotes of course. If you can not find anyone else to play with, there is the option to have other players played by the computer.
The game is really simple to set up and play. Just select which piece you wish to use, how many players are human and how many are computer, and off you go. You roll the dice by shaking the Wii remote, and your piece will automatically move. Each property you land on that is not owned will be offered to you to buy, or if it is owned already, you will be notified and the amount of rent will be deducted from your money. When you land on chance, or community chest the card will be shown straight to you on the screen, and all necessary actions are sorted automatically for you, so you don't have to faff about at all, brilliant :D
The graphics are brilliant on this game, and everything is bought to life from the original Monopoly, making the classic game I grew up on seem so much cooler, as I only had my imagination as a kid, but now everything has its own sounds, and its own actions. Even the Monopoly man himself is bought to life, and he is quite funny too.
I found the cheapest place to buy this brand new is on Amazon, but you may find it cheaper elsewhere if you want to buy it second hand, take a look around and see what you can find. This really is a great game and you can have hours of fun either on your own, or with friends and family. It really can last for hours too, and you can save the game should you need to, and come back to the exact point where you left off.
I recommend this game to everyone, as it is easy and simple to play, fun and sociable too. Everyone knows and loves Monopoly, so welcome it to the modern age.
I have been a fan of monopoly for many many years. From junior monopoly to the thr original monopoly. I have also got the here and now version with the snazzy card machine. As i was shopping along with my girl getting a few bits of essentials for dinner in her local sainsburys i thought i'd quickly pop over to there little dvd and games section even though i never seem to find anything! As soon as i got there my eyes automatically saw the little white tasched suited man. Monopoly is a game!!!! and its on the WII!!!!! I ran to my girlfriend like a little kid high on sugar and said 'can we have this? please please please'. I didnt know why i asked as i was paying for it! lol. Anywoo at a good price of £24.99 i thought it was a good price and so bought it.
I have to admit as soon as i got it i held it in my hands until i got to her house. I'm sad i know! whilst she sorted the shopping out, i went straight to the wii and got it all ready.
Now i'm sure you all know what monopoly is all about (if you didnt i'd be very worried!) but in a nutshelll the aim of the game is to buy properties, build houses and hotels and try and bankrupt your mates and be the winner. This is just the games console version, so no money and no cards!
You can play up to 4 of you and your mates, if not they will generate computer players for you. You first start off by picking which board you want to play in. You start off with the original old skool board or the new here and now edition board. After that you pick your little board piece (i always go for the car) and then your off to play.
First thing that struck me that even though it was for the wii (which are the best for grapihics) the graphics of this game were truly amazing. It must of taken them a long time to get this done up. The colours are crisp and the grapihis are very smooth. You even have the monopoly guy with you all through the game!
In order to play you need some dice, which are provided but how do you roll it. Simple just shake you wii remote. As you shake you can hear and feel the dice as if it really is in your hands! (Before you start rolling listen carefully and you'll hear a noise depending on what board piece you have, the car makes an engine noise!) To roll simple press the A button and you can then see your dice roll on the board. Your board piece will then automatically move along with the suited man running to follow it. Again the rest is pretty much the way the usual game is played. If you want the buy the place simply press buy and its done. If you dont want to buy then it goes striaght to auction. To bid simply press the A button.
A nice thing they have put into the game is that they have loads more boards to play on BUT you have to unlock it. To unlock it you must play the games and get passport stamps. These are stamps for everytime you buy a place that you havent bought before. For example you land on kings cross, you buy it and then your PASSPORT is stamped. Get a certain amount to unlock another board. New boards are sweets, jungle, ice, future, deco, cheese and cardboard.
However as with even board games as you play more and more of it, it starts to get abit boring and abit repetitive which unfortunately happened with this. This may be entirely my fault as the high sugared child in me wanted to play more and more! Also when on your own the game likes to put you in some sort of false security. You seem to be getting all thses good places and getting paid when the computer has hardly nothing. Then BAM, your in jail and all of a sudden the computer has got most of the board and building houses and hotels on them. Your soon pretty much out of the game, so beating the computer is real hard.
Overall i would highly recommend this to add to your collection of wii games. Its a different type of interaction with the game and its a great family game or even if a couple of your mates come round. Prices from what i can see vary around the £15 so for that price i'd buy it!
Thanks and enjoy!
I bought this for christmas instead of a traditional board game, Everyone loves monopoly and its one of the view games i have never got bored off.
Over the years iv bought the board game and lost the pieces so when i saw this i had to get it, to be honest i wasnt sure if it would work the same playing it on the wii.
Me and my partner had a game of it on boxing day and really enjoyed it, i think i actually prefer it on the wii instead of the board game because there are no pieces to loose and also if working money out confuses you like it does me then its great because it does all that for you.
There are two diffrent sets of games to play normal and riches plus mini games, We played the riches game first it says its the game to play if you only have 30mins to spare and the aim of the game is to get rich quick, to be honest i didnt think much of this and found it boring.
Playing the normal game is alot of fun, you can choose between 2 or 3 boards to play to start with and as you play the game each propety you buy you get a stamp in the pass book and once you fill up that pass book for that borad it unlockes a new boards.
You can have up to 4 playes of you can play with the computer players, i think everyone has there own rules they play with when it comes to monopoly and there is a section you can go to and change the rules of the game to suit you, even tho you will have to do this at the begining of every game.
It is highly addictive and the graphics are very good, it does say for ages 3+ but i dont think children this young could really understand the game when it comes to trading ect, Adults and older children will have alot of fun with this game,
Prices varey from place to place i got mine at argos in a deal 2 games for £30 which i thought was a good deal as im sure buying it on its own from other shops would cost over £20
I cant wait to have poeple over to play this game
I would recomend this to anyone who wants a fun traditional game
There are very few board games that I can honestly say I've played and even fewer that I've played more than twice. One game that does fall into that category though is Monopoly, a game I played countless times when I was younger. So when I saw it was now available to buy for the Wii I thought it couldn't go wrong. A family classic played around the world should convert quite easily onto Nintendo's flagship console. I'd managed to pick up a copy cheap in Morrison's not long after its release but until recently I'd never actually sat down to play it.
If you've never played Monopoly before I'm guessing you've been on Mars or somewhere similar but the premise of the game is fairly simple. You choose a piece from those available and using 2 dice make your way around the board buying properties and building Monopoly's of certain areas in order to get as much rent as humanly possible out of your opponents. Once you've bought all of the matching properties you can build houses and hotels and the game continues until there is only one player left and the others are all bankrupt.
The first thing that struck me when I started a new game was the graphics. There has been a lot of detail put into creating the board, the pieces and even down to the realism with the dice. In order to take your turn you shake your Wii remote as you would the dice and hit A to role, while you are shaking there is the sound of shaking dice coming from the game. These are the nice little touches on a game that make it seem more realistic than it actually is. In fact from a graphical point of view this game really does work, it's got a crystal clear board that makes full use of the graphics. You've got Mr Monopoly on hand to wander around the board and explain things to you as you go. All in all from this point of view EA have got it spot on.
When it comes to the game play there are two different game options. The first of these is the classic version of Monopoly where you can have between 1 and 4 human players and the rest of the players made up of computer controlled players. Within this version there are a number of different boards available from the classic London board and the world board along with a few others to at least keep the modes of play a little different. You start with simply the classic board and the more you play the more boards you can have as sort of a reward for sticking with the game. The real boast on the boxes is being able to play the game in just 30 minutes.
For me though while the graphics are excellent the game play is hugely lacking. There are three game settings for the computer players but regardless of which of these you choose it still seems to stitch up the human players. We've played the game about 8 or 9 times now and whether it's just coincidence or not we seem to be the only player on any of the settings being sent to jail or landing on the squares that cost us far more. The game seems to favour the computer player and from our point of view this makes the game incredibly dull. We thought this might just be a coincidence that it just happened to be us, so we set up games with all four settings of player numbers and on all 4 our human controlled characters kept ending up with trips to jail and income tax while the computer player breezed around the board building houses and hotels.
This really ruined the enjoyment of the game and the boast of 30 minute games seems to be totally wide of the mark. The average games we've played have lasted about an hour and 20 minutes and needless to say this just made it even more frustrating. While EA have got the graphics right, they've completely failed when it comes to the game play.
Of course I did mention 2 game modes and the second one is a variation of the original game called the richest mode. The idea is rather than working your way around the board you play mini games to decide who takes the first turn and who gets the first choice of how many of their pieces land on the board. The four dice are rolled and depending on the order you finish the mini games you then have to choose how many turns you get, obviously those that win get more turns therefore than everyone else as they will choose the highest numbered dice. This is a totally different way to play Monopoly, but unfortunately while the graphics on the mini games and the board are as good as the main game; the game play seems to have the same glitch. As soon as the human player gets into the lead it starts to throw obstacles in your way.
I think it's fair to say that Monopoly could have become one of the classic Wii games but while the graphics and interaction are well designed and look impressive the game play lets it down majorly. I've never in almost 18 years of playing computer games come across one as one sided as this and that puts me off playing the game and would certainly put me off recommending it to anyone. There was a lot of potential in this game that EA have failed to realise. For £14.99 I have to say that it is still massively overpriced and while there are a few redeeming features within the game it's just not worth it and this doesn't come close to the original board games.
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Monopoly is one of my favourite board games of all time, so when I saw this game had come out on the Wii I just had to buy it!
The game allows up to 4 players to play against each other. It's not really the sort of game you would want to play on your own against a number of computer players, get some friends around though & you'll have a great laugh.
What I have found that makes this game even more entertaining is having three human players and one computer player, the sort of deals the computer offers you during the game defintely adds to the entertainment.
You start the game having access to the classic monopoly board as well as the world board. However there are a number of other themed boards such as a cheese board & a futuristic one, the more you play, the more boards you unlock over time. As well as the normal game, there are also a number of mini games to play as well which are quite fun.
So overall, if you're a monopoly fan, you'll love this game, all the fun without having to worry about the tidying up afterwards.
Just like the board game, but without all the fiddle little bits that do everyones head in!!! Move around the board with the dude using the Wii remote as a dice shaker, bid on properties and become a business tycoon. With a variety of baords to unlock and stamps to collect along to way to enable you to do this. Also has Tycoon Edition where you can steal property from your opponents, and minigames which are great fun and contain 'silly' little games such as getting a bankrobber back onto the van before the cops catch him.
Multiplayer function so you can compete against family and friends. Just like the board game it takes a long time to play, however there are advantages in that you dont have to count out money or fiddle with hotels etc, you just move around and buy properties for you plots and its all done for you. An excellent game with all the features we all know and love from Monopoly and so much more.
Like almost everyone I am a big big Monopoly fan and so wehn I found out that it was on the Nintendo Wii I just had to get it! I found the game to really live up to its expectations and I though rally enjoyed playing it! I really would recommend this game to everyone and I found that it has a universal appeal, especially so for monopoly fans! I bought the game for just £15 on Amazon which is a reasonable price for the game.
The graphics are as expected and are perfectly acceptable given the type of game. I thought the gameplay really was as good as ever and it really does have longevity as I have been playing on it for many hours now and am still not bored! The interface is great and combined with the gameplay and graphics helps to create another great addition to the series. What I found most appealing about the game was how the whole family can play because it really does create a great atmosphere. Overall I think this is a great product and is ideal for monopoly fans! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
We recently purchased this game after it was recommended by friends. We enjoy board games particularly monopoly but can't always be bothered, lazy I know! to get it out, set it up and then pack it all away again. This is why we opt more and more for the group/party wii games.
This game has 2 modes however we have only as yet played in classic mode, the game plays more or less just as it does in 'real life', but it's quicker (especially if you go bust, as you can't cheat!) When the two of us play we have the computer play aswell as this makes the game last a little longer, just makes it a bit more interesting I think.
The graphics are great, it really does bring the game to life, I also think the Wii version would be easier for younger children to join with.
The down side to this game is though the text is relatively small, not too much of a problem though.
I bought this game as I love Monopoly and I played with some friends at their house and really enjoyed it. It's really easy to use and you don't have the hassle of setting the board up and dealing with all the money - the game does it all for you. You can play with four players with just one remote. As you play on the game more and more, different style boards become available, for example a cheese board and an ice board which adds a good novelty aspect to the game.
The Richest addition of the game is good fun, however to play it you need one remote per person and we don't have four remotes. There are also mini-games based on the community chest / chance cards (such as get out of jail) which are used in the Richest edition, these are good fun at first but soon get boring I found.
It is possible to play against the computer on both versions which is great when nobody else wants to play with me!
The game has good graphics and is well thought out, however the constant commentary from the computer can get a bit annoying. Some aspects are also a bit tedious, for example trading with people and buying houses.
This game has two versions - Classic monopoly, and the Richest edition (which I havent played yet, looks far too confusing, will update this review when I've figured it out).
I bought this game purely because I'm sick of missing pieces and finding monopoly money all over the house for weeks after playing the board game! Expected it to be a simple computerised version of the board game, but its got lots of extras and novelty features, such as different board designs to play on and pieces to use, which is great if you like that sort of thing, but I personally found when playing with 4 kids all the fancy extras were more trouble than they were worth, it just gave them more to squabble over! Once game play starts though its very much like traditional monopoly. However I've always thought part of the fun with monopoly was nominating someone as banker and having them count the money. It was usually me so I miss this! It just seems to be a bit ruined by a computer taking over everything, I suppose I'm quite traditional but I love rolling an old fashioned dice, this shaking a wii remote isnt for me I've decided. Love the wii for other games, especially all the wii sports, but monopoly is best left to a board in my opinion! The quality of the game in general is good though, definitely no complaints with the graphics or sound. One thing I do love about it though, I have to admit, is that you can play against a computer, so you can actually play on your own if no one else wants to!
I bought this game for something to play with my cousins when they come round to visit as they are those hyper type who wont sit still unless they have something to do every second or they start bouncing around and smashing things and it is 4 players so everybody can play it at the same time. I have to say I love this game because it's so much fun to play and has a little bit extra than a normal board game of monopoly and you don't have to tidy up at the end its all in a disc.
Everybody will have played some form of monopoly in there life as it is such a popular game we have at least 4 in our house which shows just how popular the game is. The main thing is made up of four players and you can play against the computer so it doesn't matter if there is only one person to play. You can play with either a wii remote each or one wii remote between all players which means you don't have to own four wii remotes to play a four player game. Each player has to move around the board and buy property but if they land on property belonging to another player then they have to play rent to the player who owned the property. When a player has all properties from a colour scheme then they can build houses and then eventually build a hotel which increases the rent. The game continues until one player is left after all other players become bankrupt.
The Wii game has the classic version and as with normal monopoly you can buy many different boards and with the wii game you can earn different board games such as the classic board, the world board, cake board and ice board. Each has different pieces you can play with as well. You earn different boards by getting stamps in your passports which you earn by owning properties on the other boards.
On your turn you have to shake the wii remote to roll the dice and then press A to release them. As with the normal game a double means an extra roll and three doubles in a row means you have to go to jail. At the end of your turn you can pass play onto the next player or go into your account which allows you to buy house or hotels or make trades with other players.
The game can be fairly repetitive with Mr Monopoly constantly repeating the same thing. I love the board game but nobody ever wants to play with me because they are always to busy and therefore this is good and like I said you don't have to put all the money away correctly at the end and clear everything up.
There is also a different version of monopoly at the start called the richest edition to which Mr Monopoly says forget everything you know about playing Monopoly. I decided to try this version first as it was something different and loved it as it was so much fun. There are three different levels of this game which are developer, industrialist and tycoon. Developer is the quickest and is just six rounds and it takes about 30 minutes. Industrialist is played over nine rounds lasting about 45 minutes. Tycoon is the longest one lasting about an hour and played over 12 rounds. I started with tycoon as I believe it is best to start at the deep end and I wanted to play the game to its full.
Each player has to have there own wii remote and as with classic version you can play against the computer and you must have four players whether they be human or computer. At the beginning of each round four dice are rolled from one to six as with a classic dice. Before each player picks there dice they must play a mini game to decide who chooses their dice first. The mini games are quiet fun but are a bit repetitive and all you have to do is come first so that you can pick your dice first or you might end up with the worst dice. After each turn the dice are rolled again and you play another mini game. With this edition the most important decision you have to make is the dice you pick as early in the game you should generally pick higher numbers there are more unowned properties on the board whereas later in the game when more property is owned you are better choosing low numbers so you do not loose your property. The mini games are set up in favour of the losing player and therefore it is good if you are the losing player but not so much if you are on top.
After the mini game and the dice have been decided each player gets spaces on the board which equal the number on their chosen dice. The spaces they are given can be anything on the board and the reward or fine is allocated depending on what you land on. Then Mr Monopoly sets of around the board stopping at any space a player has a token on. No money is used in this version as you win by acquiring all property on the board. Rent is also paid using property for example landing on one property will cost you one property but landing on a set will cost you three properties and houses and hotels increase this even further. A player earns houses and hotels by landing on one of there own set and houses and hotels can be given as rent instead of property. If the property is unowned however the player automatically gets the property.
If a player lands on just visiting they are except from paying rent for the rest of the round. Free parking means that the player can move one of their remaining properties to another square which means that they could be saving themselves from paying rent. Landing on Go allows the player to occupy and unowned property. Landing on Go to Jail means you have to pay three properties to the bank. Landing on tax require you to return one property, or super tax means the player has to give back one property for each four they own. Community Chest and Chance allows different events.
I find with this game that you can be winner at the end of one round and then by the end of the next you could be in fourth place which I love as with the normal monopoly when you are losing you generally lose.
I love the game of monopoly and for the price which is £14.99 it is a bargain as most wii games are much more. I have played the classic edition more than the richest edition as I find the richest edition to repetitive but everybody is different so I would say play both to decide which is your favourite. I have always known my cousins and even me myself when I was younger wanted to play monopoly all the time and I never wanted to clean it up and my youngest cousin has a habit of putting the houses in his mouth and therefore with the wii edition you don't have to clean up or worry about the swallowing of the objects.
Monopoly on the Nintendo Wii is the Wii's adaptation of the popular board game. Obviously most people do know how the game of Monopoly works, so I will not go into any detail about the objective of the game.
The Wii version of Monopoly has the advantage of being electronic, so the game can be played on a variety of game boards, and the ease of automatic monetary calculations erases the arguments that normally arise when a family gets together for a game of Monopoly. Also, you can pit yourself against the computer if you have no one to play with, which means you can play the game whenever you like. You can set the level of skill at which the computer plays too, to give yourself more or less of a challenge.
The Wii remote and nunchuck make playing the game through a computer console very realistic and enjoyable. For example, shaking the Wii remote acts as rolling the dice, and to release the dice you have to press A. This really does bring the game to life.
The game has a number of additional mini games and varities of the classic game to play. These games add much more depth to the game and allow those who cannot carry on with the main game to continue playing.
Overall, this game is a really nice edition to the classic board game that many people love, so for any fans of the much loved board game it is well worth buying for the Wii. You won't be disappointed with anything in the game.
After the disaster that was my purchase of Wii Music, I was very sceptical about finding a good game on the Wii. From the very first moment that I saw this game in GAME however, I knew I wanted it. In our family it has been a tradition to get the monopoly board out a few times a year, however it usually runs into the middle of the night with us all getting bored, or usually arguments occur due to doubt about the other players cheating.
Still, I love the game, and I had wanted to see the electronic version of it, so I took my Wii Music into GAME, got a stupid amount back for it considering they're selling it pre-owned for £35 (I got £15, ridiculous). I managed in the end to buy the game pre-owned for £19, and so far, it seems to be a fantastic game.
What is Monopoly?
If you've never heard of monopoly before, get out your Argos book, and buy the original Monopoly box game before you even go anywhere near this Wii game. Not only have you been missing out from a whirl of fun, but I thought it was mandatory that you have to play or at least know about monopoly before the age of 10.
What is Monopoly for the Wii?
Forget all you know about monopoly, this game allows you to do a multitude of different things. There are two main types of games that it allows you to play, there is the Classic Game, this is pretty much all of what you know about monopoly put into an electronic format, with different boards available, but what is probably new to you is the Richest Edition Game, which is very unique and may not require a lot of skill, but it really is a lot of fun. Read below to find out more.
This is the version that I'm sure you all know, the Wii allows you to play this with a variety of different boards, from the classic board game that we all know and love to different ones like the future board.
With the classic board, you will find a return of all of the little playing pieces we all know and love, from the dog, iron and top hat but on all of the other different boards available, the playing pieces also change and become even more unique and brilliant. You will find playing pieces like a mobile phone, a kangaroo and even a doughnut.
The annoying thing about this particular game is you can only play with up to four people, and the problem we have found with this is the fact we actually only have two wii remotes, which means that we can only play with 2 players. I think they should have expanded it so you can play with a wider number of players, but maybe be able to share you remote between a certain number of players as well.
Not every player has to be human however though, if we play with just our two remotes then the other two places are taken by the computer. You have to name each player and then hey presto your off to play.
How to Play
To play the game, the first thing you'll need to do is roll the dice. To shake your dice you have to pick up your Wii remote and then just shake it, when you want to release, click the A button on the front of the remote. The dice then give you a number, and your piece will move along the board.
This game is pretty similar to how you play it on the board game, you have the option of buying the place, or in this game, you can auction off the property, this is very humorous, as the Monopoly master actually becomes an auctioneer and by moving your Wii Remote up, you can bid on the property. You have to be careful though as I paid a ridiculous amount for Old Kent Road, because I knocked the Wii Remote whilst reaching for my drink.
Like the board game, you are able to roll doubles, which again mean you are able to roll again and like the board game, 3 doubles means you go straight to jail.
At the end of each turn you'll be asked what you want to do next, this can get a bit annoying, as it's at the end of each turn, but it allows you to pass the play onto the next player or look at your accounts. Here you can buy houses and hotels, or offer trades with other players.
Opinion on This Game
The game is very good, and a lot of fun, but it does take a while to get around the board, and it can get a bit tedious, as there is a lot of monotonous questions asked as you go around the board, and it doesn't have the same feeling as you get when you play the proper board game.
It is very good though and we have played through the Classic Game quite a few times, it's quite nice not to have to count through your money and work out if you have enough money for properties, one of the things I really liked about the game was the auction process, I thought it was very well done and the idea behind it was just brilliant. It was annoying though, when I bid something like £500 for Old Kent Road.
It doesn't beat the original version, but it is a lot more high tech and it is nice to play on the different boards and be able to play with different pieces to what we are used to. I have only unlocked a few different boards, but they all seem to be very different and they all add a lot to the game play.
The Richest Edition
With this game forget everything you know about monopoly, they have completely thrown everything on the floor and muddled it all up, to create the best part of the Wii game in my opinion.
The only real connection to this and the classic game we all know and love is the board, the idea behind moving around the board and collecting property and the pieces you play with. Everything else is different and it adds so much more fun to the game.
You are first asked to choose between different levels at what you want to play. There are the following:
Developer- 6 rounds
Industrialist- 9 rounds
Tycoon- 12 rounds
Each of these games pretty much has the same principle but they all take a different amount of time, the developer level takes about 30 minutes where as the tycoon will take you about an hour to complete. They all allow you to do different things, but the main principle of the game is the same.
How to Play
At the start of each round, four dice are rolled, the computer does this and you have no control over rolling dices in this game. Then everyone who is playing must take part in a mini game.
A mini game I hear you ask? These are fantastic little games which are embedded into the game, and depending on which level you choose you will play, 6, 9 or even 12 different mini games. How you perform in these mini games will decide on how well you do in the actual game, as when you're done with the mini game, you then have to pick a number off the dice. These numbers correspond to an amount of pieces that will be placed on the board.
When everyone has chosen their number, Mr Monopoly sets off around the board; stopping as his comes to each piece on the board. There is no money exchanged in this version of the game, if you land on an un-owned property then you automatically acquire it. Rent is no longer paid with cash either, if you land on someone else's property you now pay with property. Say if you land on Mayfair and there's someone else already there, you will have to give up Park Lane if you have acquired it.
Like the classic game, you are also able to build houses on a monopoly when you gather one, this can be done by landing on your own set or using community chest/chance cards to do this. This monopoly is very hard to be taken away from you, however if someone lands on community chest and can take property from the richest players, which means your monopoly will probably be broken.
You play a mini game at the end of each round and everything begins to add up and the winner is shown at the end of the game.
Opinion of This Game
This for me is the highlight of the game, it is quick and easy to play and you have little mini games embedded which keep you involved within the game. These mini games are fantastic, they range from things like cutting your way out of prison, running away from cops, and even stopping at the train stations. They really are great, and as you get used to them you'll find yourself winning more and more of them.
Winning the mini games is quite important with the Richest Edition, as you get to pick the dice number first. At the beginning of the game it's best to pick higher numbers, when the board is empty, but as you go through the game, picking higher numbers becomes a risk because you will have more of a chance on landing on other people's properties which means giving up your properties as rent.
You may find when playing the mini games that if you are winning, that you will have a harder time to win the next mini game. This is because the game is in favour of the loser or the average players, for example if you are cutting your way out of prison, the loser will only have to cut through 4 bars, where you will have about 6/8 to cut through. Not fair but it's the game.
It's a fantastic idea and it is the highlight of the game, it really does keep you interested and it is a lot of fun to play.
The game is a mixed bag in my opinion, I think it's a pretty good game, but is it really worth the £19 that I paid for it? Probably not. I think I really should have shopped around before hand, but for about a tener or so, I'm sure it'll be a great game for anybody, especially people who love the original board game.
I think this game is very good, it's filled with a multitude of different things, from things we know and love about the game already to new things and new boards. The game provides some fantastically themed boards from the futuristic board to even the cheese board. To open up the new boards, you have to get a certain number of stamps in your passport; you get these by acquiring properties in the classic game. I think that most people will probably end up playing back on the classic board, as it is the one we all know and love.
For the Richest Edition game they have done a fantastic job, they have taken this classic game and have created hundreds of new variations. The Richest Edition is possibly the best bit about the whole game, I think the classic game can get a bit boring, as it doesn't have the charm that you get when you're all sitting around the board at home and rolling the dice yourself and sorting through your money yourself.
I do think however it loses the original charm that the board game has, I wouldn't recommend buying this for young children as it is quite tedious in places and you can keep their attention a lot more with the original board game rather than playing it in this electronic format.
I brought this game for £19.99 which is way more than the game is actually worth, if you can get it for under a tener then I would go for it, but other than that, it is not really worth that amount.
Is it better than the Board Game?
You can't beat the board game in my opinion, in this game there is no way of cheating and stealing other people's money, there is no way of playing drinking games with it (down a shot glass every time you go past go, doesn't sound like much, but after 4 hours of playing, boy does ending up in jail get you rolling around on the floor laughing)
If you like monopoly then this game is for you, I wouldn't go to GAME and buy it, I would check out EBay or something like that because it is not worth the £19 that I paid for it. It's a lovely nice little family game which will appeal to a lot of people even despite it's obvious negative points.
I think this game is a love it or hate it kind of game, if you prefer electronic versions of classic games then you'll probably like this game, however if you're like me and prefer playing board games, then you'll probably find that you believe that you've paid way too much for an ok game.
(C) Kirsty 2009
Celebrating over 70 years of family fun, the legendary property trading game Monopoly is hitting Wii in a whole new way!