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Monopoly is one of the worlds most fustrating yet strangely addictive game. The reason it is underplayed is often due to the difficulty setting up the game. With monopoly this is made easy. Custom rules are easy to make and the game can be tailor fit to your needs. Single player or multiplayer this amazing game is brought to you in the comfort of your own home. I do find this game freezes an incredible amount however (often when the computer is losing) and whilst this may just be me, i have not had the chance to compare, it is a feature of the game i find to be fustrating. The animations and voices can also be annoying to the extent i have to turn them off. This does not deduct from the score as the feature can be turned off, and for some it is infact a funny and endearing quality about the game.
Eather way it is a classic game made easy and playable for all ages.
“The world’s favourite game in live action 3D.” I loved Monopoly, well the bored game anyway. I played on for months on end when I was younger. Now, being in the 21st century, the all round loved game has come out for your P.C. Naturally I went straight out and bought it. What a disappointment! I loaded it into my P.C, which was simple enough, but then I had to play. I’m sure we all agree that the best part about the game is arguing who gets to be banker, rolling the dice, putting your money in little piles and arranging your properties for every one to see. Well, the computer did the lot! I didn’t even get move my own piece around the bored! And how boring was it when the little pieces spoke for about 30 seconds before each move. Ok, so it was quite funny to start with, but it can tire hearing the same thing again and again. The only task you are allowed to do is to click a button which roles the dice for you and when you decided weather you wish to purchase a property or not. Buying a property is even different, if you do not wish to buy the property, then it goes to auction, which take about half an hour with the amount of talking the little man does! This game was such a disappointment, I think I'm going to stick to the good old fashioned bored game. but don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself. Cheers for reading my opinion, sorry its so short.
I’m not a frequent player of computer games – in fact, I only possess three in total for my PC. It is the latest addition to this extensive collection that I wish to write about, Monopoly, which I acquired from streetsonline, where it is sold for only 17.99. However, since writing this op, I have discovered that QXL had it going for a pound - so I picked my little sis up a copy there. In this op, rather than explaining the rules of monopoly, since there are some excellent ops on the board game which do this, I want to show the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing the computer version as opposed to the regular board version. For as long as I can remember, I have loved playing monopoly. When I was small, I used to play it with my Dad who had one of the old fashioned boards, with the wooden houses, as opposed to the modern plastic versions, and my friends and I would spend many a happy hour round the board. I suppose that was in the days before kids had huge numbers of TV channels and video games to choose from. Living up here in my small flat however, I wouldn’t have the room for a monopoly board when it was all set up. Games can often take several hours and more than one sitting to complete, so it would be impractical. Furthermore, at the moment, finding a game partner, or partners, would be almost impossible – St Andrews has become a summer town of OAPs and tourists. So for me, the computer version was ideal since it needed neither space nor any human players. You can play against computer opponents, over the internet (more on that later), or, if you do have friends over who fancy a game, up to 6 human players can play on the PC. Installation of the game was simple – basically just insert the CD in the drive, and you will be presented with a menu. I clicked on full installation, and that was it. It also installed something called direct-x drivers, which it informed me were necessary for the game. I have no ide
a what these are or what they do however! System requirements were pretty basic, it needs windows 95 or higher, a Pentium 166 or higher, 32mb of ram, and 50mb of hard disk space, which my ‘puter was able to cope with easily. I’m not sure how fast it would be though if you had one a ‘puter with these minimum requirements – it was the perfect speed on mine, which is a Pentium III 550mhz so maybe it would be too slow on a basic machine. When I loaded the game up, there was a little animated introduction, which played a fairly catchy tune – “Come on let’s play monopoly, Cash, fun, and ritzy property, I’ll build a house and watch my fortunes grow, passing go” I then had the opportunity to choose what sort of game I wanted to play – with other humans, on the net, or against the puter. For my first few games, I played against the computer, which can be set to one of three levels. I usually play against either 2 or 3 computer opponents, but you can have up to 5 of them. As with the regular game, you get a choice of characters for your counter. I always choose the dog! Others include the battleship, racing car, money bag, old boot, thimble, iron, cannon, wheelbarrow, horse and rider, and hat. What I like about the computer game, is that through their animated movements on the 3D board, and through sound effects, each counter is given its own character – the wheelbarrow is a cockney, the battleship an upper class woman. It makes for an amusing game as these counters make comments when they land on squares, and buy property for example. I love it when the dog goes to jail and says “think I’ll dog it for a while”. (Ok I am easily amused I guess!). I suppose after a while these little comments might get on your nerves, after all, there are only so many times you can take the aristocratic female voice drawling “Do I own this? Of course I do! <high p
itched laugh>” You must also choose the board you wish to play on. The choice includes good old London town, France, Germany, Singapore(why?), plus various other European countries. Surprisingly there is no America. This is one of the main disadvantages of the game – not because I want to play on an American board, but because if you play over the internet, most of the other players will choose this board, and so it can get confusing when trading property etc if you can’t see the same places that they do. Normally if I play alone I choose London since I’m a traditional type of person! When you play the game, there’s a commentary given by “Mr Monopoly”, although as with the characters, you can turn this off if you so wish. I quite like it – he comments on the property you land on and reminds you when it’s your turn to “roll those ivories”, or “throw those bones dog”, in other words, click on the roll dice button. If you have the option selected, you can watch your counters move around an excellent picture of a 3D board, with animated movements. Quite fun to watch at first – especially when they go to jail and the police van comes up to cart them off, but can get tedious after a while since it obviously slows down the game. I like the graphics – they are clear and instantly recognisable, although I suppose if you are used to games with incredibly fancy special effects then you might find them a little boring. Playing the game is simple – the computer takes care of all the calculations so that’s one less thing to bother about! So if you land on a property which someone else has bought, the computer will automatically transfer the rent owed. I was also pleased to find out that the computer players didn’t seem to be any luckier with their dice rolls than human players. As in the real game, if you land on an unowned property and choose
not to buy, then it goes to auction, where you can bid against other players. Within the game, there is also the opportunity to trade with other players – by swapping properties, buying other properties, or offering a mixture of cash and property cards if there’s something you’re really desperate for. Sometimes however I find that the computer offers some really unrealistic deals! You can also mortgage properties if necessary, something you’ll probably need to do at some time or another. At the bottom of your screen, you will see pictures of all the properties you own, turned over if they are mortgaged. Chance and community chest also include everything that you’d find in the English version of monopoly, but also with a couple of additions which I don’t remember seeing in my old version of the game. For example, advance to the nearest utility and if owned, then pay twice the rent. There is one small problem with the Chance and CC cards however. If you play on a non-UK board, then, for example, a specific command such as “Move to Trafalgar Square” isn’t changed in accordance with the foreign board, so it can get a little confusing. This is a minor problem with the game that I would like to see ironed out in a future version. There is also a board designer included with the game – you can add pictures to the game squares and rename the streets. For example, I did one of St Andrews, with “The Scores” being the equivalent of Mayfair. This is easy to use, simply choose bitmap pictures to place on the squares, and type in new names, and save the board. Simple! However, as with the foreign boards, there are disadvantages when playing on one of these. The chance and community chest cards continue to refer to the UK board, and the voice of Mr Monopoly won’t say “The Scores” when you land on that square, but will continue to say “Mayfair” – again, co
nfusing. I would like to see a facility whereby you can record your own voice samples for home-designed boards, which would really make this a brilliant game. Another function of the game which increases its lastability, is the fact that you can customise the rules to suit yourself – increasing salary when you pass go, changing the income tax amount, the jail fee, free parking jackpot, futures and immunities. (I haven’t investigated this last option – sounds too complicated for the likes of me!) You can also choose to play a short game, which means that each player will be dealt a set number of properties at the start, and where it is necessary to buy only 3 houses before getting a hotel. Finally, one of the best bits about the computer version of Monopoly is the chance to play against other people on the net. There are two ways to do this – either by a modem connection, for direct play, where you have to ring the number of the person you wish to play, or by using the MSN Zone, which is the option I have used. For this, you need to be a member of the MSN zone, download a couple of small files, and then enter the monopoly room, where you will find a list of players, who are either playing, or looking to play. You ‘sit’ round virtual tables, and then, when you start the game, monopoly will load up on each person’s computer, and you will all be connected together. This is fun, and you can chat in a small window to the other players too. There are however a couple of disadvantages. Firstly, I find the monopoly room to often be fairly empty and it can take a while to get enough players together for a game, and secondly, once someone gets disconnected, there’s no way to rejoin. This irritates me, since I’m with Freeserve who have an automatic cut-off after 2 hours. But – luckily for the other players, if one person gets disconnected, a computer will step into their place, and for the disconnec
ted player, computer opponents will replace those humans that you were playing against, so your game can still continue. I had wanted to play this with my sister but unfortunately she can't get the Zone to work on her computer for any game - no idea why. Overall then, I am very addicted to this game. Because you can customise it, and change the ability level of the computer players, it has a long life ahead of it. It’s much easier to set up a ‘puter game than get out a board which could be upset by any household pets or children, and the save game facility means you can just play in half hour spells, if that’s all the time you have available to you. There are a few minor improvements that I would like to see, and hopefully the problems I have outlined above will be fixed in future versions. Yet even with these little quibbles of mine, I still find it a highly playable and enjoyable game, and enjoy it just as much as when I was younger. PS My tip for playing monopoly is to buy the Orange properties – statistically it has been shown that people land on these more than anywhere else on the board!
This is a very very addictive game. Everyone knows about monopoly, the general gameplay, rules and how to win. This version of the game brings it to life every aspect of the game is animated, to the sports car zoom of around the board, the ship rocks and goes up and down as if in the sea. You can play against your friends, people over the internet or simply against your computer. The key to winning this game is the transactions that you do between players, a tactic often used is when you have a got a set to mortage some of your other properties to allow you to put hotels on your set. This game can be very difficult, with players trying to trick others. This version has the added features of allowing players to customise the board this allowing a greater degree of individuality and personality to come across. I would recoomend this game to anyone who liked the board version, as now nobody can go in the huff when you keep winning.
I used to love playing Monopoly but found no one wanted to play with me so when I realised you could get it on CD-Rom I rushed out to buy it (sad I know) I think it is great as it is just like the traditional game but you can play against the computer or like normal against another apponent. It is in full 3D animation which brings the game to life you can play up to 5 players either with freinds or against the computer and I musn't forget over the internet, I havent tried this yet but apparently it also has a chat mode so you can send messages to other players. You have many options on the game either standard rules or make your own up whichever you think is best, it is so easy to play and I think better than the real thing with all the animations but I must admit I have loved this game for years and don't think I'll ever get fed up with it. I used to moan at my hubby to play with me before I bought it on CD Rom, and he would say no he couldn't be bothered, but I think since we've had it he's played it alot more times than me haha..........