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Just looking at the name makes you think this is just a cheap spin-off, profiting on Monopoly's good name, and this, in my opinion, is true.
Well the game is based in a small 3D city, with the usual board tiles now represented in a small plot of land, of which you can build shops on, to increase profits and reach your goal.
There is a wide variety of shops to build, from normal grocery shops, to clothes shops, and restaurants. These shops will open at different times during the day, and all shops will shut by midnight at the latest and open at 6AM at the earliest.
In order to build upon a plot, you will need to own it first, a player can place a bid on a plot of land, and the other players present will either allow him to buy the land at the current price, or try to outbid him.
The game itself is not very challenging, and is fairly boring and repetitive, the 3d graphics look quite nice, but other than that the game is quite dull, probably only worth playing with some friends on a network.
There are 16 missions in total, each with different objectives, although all of them focusing on making a thriving business. Missions become progressively harder the further through you get. You could view them as levels instead of missions, as they are all playable in multiplayer, however i don't believe progress is counted in multiplayer, so you can't really progress through the missions.
The game does support network play, both LAN and online through Gamespy, and AI players are supported in network games. However the game does seem to have difficulties connecting to players.
Overall i feel this game is a pretty bad game, the network games can be fun, but its fairly simple and the playing area is very small, and never changes.
My name is Tosha, and my opinion is that Monopoly Tycoon is Great. :) When I first started playing it and going throght the tutorials, I thought to myself that this is going to be a hard game to learn. Then once I got throgh them all, I was addicted to the game. I beat all the easy senarios in 2 weeks, then worked my way through the hard senarios in another week. I quickly got frustrated with how fast I went through the game. It was kind of a dissapointment. Then I was looking around on the internet, and found Gamespy.com. It's a place where people from all over the world go to get linked up to play online games together. So installed it and signed up for a new account. ( which is free ). My first thought of gamespy was that I was going to kick everyones behiend (cause it was so easy at home). Then I played my first game, and OMG I was crap! So after the game, I was asking for tips and people started helping me. Now at least I can keep up. :) My reasoning for the buying the game was that someone mentioned it to me. I love all the Tycoon Games and I LOVE MONOPOLY so it just had to be a great game. And it was !!!! You have lots of different levels of thinking, first you have to decide what property you want, then what stores your going to build, then you have to change the price of your stores and how many stock you order so that you can make the most profit. Also there are ways to change the outside of your buildings, you can make them look like a million dollars.. or make them look like the dump. Overall.. if you like Simcity (any version ), The Sims, and any of the other tycoon games, YOU WILL LOVE MONOPOLY TYCOON !!!!! Here are several places to get the game from.. first is ebay, most of the time you can get it for $5.00 on ebay, then from Amazon.com it generally costs aprox $8.00 then you can get the new cd at wal-mart for $10.00, I have heard of some people getting it
in cereal boxes in Canada too. If you have any questions or comments.. please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org which is also my msn messenger address :)
Picture the scene if you will........ It’s Sunday afternoon, it’s raining, there’s nothing on the telly, the children are all bored and either contemplating their navels or filling their faces with pick ’n mix on the settee. Husband is busy in the cupboard under the stairs cataloguing his collection of Formula One tapes. Time to suggest a period of good, old fashioned, wholesome family entertainment. Time to suggest a board game! The response? Mediocre to say the least. ‘Aw, mum, do we have to?’ ‘But I always lose!’ ‘Daddy always cheats!’ ‘We’ve lost all the pieces / hoovered up all the pieces / cat ate all the pieces’ ‘We’ve lost the dice / spinner / counters’ etc, etc, etc. Back to navel contemplating, chewing fizzy coke bottle sweets and more head bumping under the stairs....... Well, does it matter? Do I have to sacrifice an enjoyable afternoon just because no one else has the motivation to get involved? Not anymore. Not since getting hold of a copy of Monopoly Tycoon! Monopoly Tycoon is an excellent alternative to the more traditional board game, it gives you the opportunity to play against other computer generated players, each who display different tactics and ways of proceeding through the game. It makes good sense to investigate the rules of the game through the tutorials that are provided on the main menu, a guide to effective ‘Monopolying’, in other words, how to buy, sell, create and trade well enough to win further levels in the game. As in most tutorials it gives you the knowledge you need to be able to play the game properly and make sense of all the panels and symbols. When you have grasped the basic concepts it is time to create your profile, time to decide whether you see yourself as a boot, iron or something a little more exotic. There is room for quite a
few players so the rest of the family can become characters too. After creating your profile you are presented with a main menu which allows you to choose your type of gameplay - tutorials, single player or multiplayer. Obviously with my uninspired lot I have to opt for single player mode. Multiplayer is available on-line if that is your sort of thing. Initially you are only given one scenario at a time, when completed you are given more. The scenario may involve such things as selling a set number of objects or services, making the most profit in a set period of time or making your portfolio of businesses as valuable as possible. There are some really good ones concerning the collecting of votes and being made mayor as well. You play against a number of computer generated characters and the level of difficulty can be altered to make the game more challenging when you have mastered the easier levels, the rewards are bronze, silver and gold cups. The awards and levels completed appear on your profile which is a real incentive to complete the whole game. Incidentally, I have had this game since Christmas 2001 and I still have some elusive cups to get at gold level. Basically the aim of the game is to build businesses and residential accommodation, sell a good range of products and services at competitive prices, balance your finances, accumulate wealth, encourage people to shop, take over other peoples businesses, buy building rights and generally beat the other competitors. All this takes place on a virtual board, not the traditional board you would find in a Monopoly box, but more like a three dimensional map of London with blocks of coloured land. You will find a lot of the familiar names such as Mayfair, Bond Street and Euston Road as well as a few new faces such as Victoria Dock and Green Pier. As with the board game it is possible to purchase the utility companies and train stations with their financial incentives. I must warn you now th
ough.... leasing a block of land or a utility is not as simple as in the board version. You must select your plot, enter it into an auction, then after a short period of time the auction will take place, you must bid for the booty against your virtual team members. Early on in the game they will be happy to let you possess it for a small sum but as the game continues and the stakes get higher you will have a bigger fight (and bigger bill) on your hands. You can build your businesses on any plot, regardless of whether you have the lease or not, however, if you are not the leaseholder you will be liable for rent which can leave a big dent in your Monopoly purse. Building a business is quite straightforward, you first select your business type, whether retail or residential. If you opt for retail you are presented with a list of possible shops to build, this range increases as the game develops, the game travels through the decades from the 1930s to the future and the range of shops reflects the change in era. You start with the basics, bakery, butchers, fishmongers, bookshop, toyshop, bar, ballroom...... then progress to include ice-cream parlours, travel agents, delicatessens, sport shops, fast food joints and music shops. There is eventually an extensive list to choose from. The residential option will allow you to build apartments and hotels. Building is simple, clicking and dragging to form a box, then watching as a virtual building site springs up and your three dimensional building is created, great fun to watch. If you have the leasehold of the block you can even build little parks and seating areas to keep your little people happy. There are plenty of little things to consider when playing to win, for example, keeping an eye on stock levels and how much of each item you are selling, there is usually a bit of price changing to be done on a regular basis to keep those customers interested. Also it helps to keep your day time business
es separate from night time entertainments and eateries, makes it easier to keep an eye on them. Keeping within a few blocks also helps you to keep an eye on your investments. As with the traditional game, there are opportunities to take advantage of Chance cards, they flash up occasionally on the screen and it is your choice whether to reveal them or not. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are real stinkers! Some see you paying maintenance fees on any buildings of low quality, some allow you to perform a hostile takeover, some automatically restock one of your shops, others may see you sharing your wealth with a competitor on his birthday. Other important points to remember when playing are that it is important to not be in debt two midnights in a row or else you will be made bankrupt, also the nights can go rather slowly so it is wise to fast forward the game to get to the morning when your shops will be restocked at 6am and ready for business at 9am. The game can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be, it allows you to get involved with leasing, refurbishing and consumer polls if you so wish, or just sit back and watch the pennies roll in with your block of 10 ice-cream shops! Because of this, it is a brilliant game for kids as well, they may not understand the cut and thrust of building a million dollar metropolis but they will love building their toy shop next to their music shop next to their souvenir shop and selling the contents for a penny each! They will also enjoy changing the camera angle so that they can go down to the pavement level and look in all the shop windows! As a reward for completing all the scenarios at the basic bronze cup level you are given the ultimate Monopoly world to play in, all the money you want, all the land you want, all the shops you want, the opportunity to go forth and build skyscrapers and shopping centres, no worry about planning permission or costs. Great fun to play as there are no
restrictions and no goals to fulfil. Overall, an absorbing game for all ages, lots of variety, lots of different scenarios, different levels of difficulty, excellent graphics, complicated graphs of productivity for those who want them, great music that changes with the decades and a easy to navigate screen. Just as good as the board game yet with no danger of losing the pieces down the side of the settee! Time for the boring bits.... Needs Windows 95/98/Me Pentium II 233 MHz or more 64 MB RAM memory 90 MB Free hard disk space 4X cd-rom drive ........ do I need to go on ......... no, I didn’t think so!
I guess I should start off by saying that this game is really only very loosely based on the board game Monopoly which we all know and, er, well we all know of it! It really isn't a board type game at all; the Monopoly elements that remain are the names and quality of the places, the characters (although these have been given human form and even little character descriptions!), and the general make lots of money and take over principle! The game is made by infogrammes, and is suitable for children aged 3+. For those of you who are technically minded, I have put the specs required to run this game below; for those who aren't, just scroll past this bit! Operating System; Windows 95/98/Me Processor; Pentium II 233 MHz or higher Memory; 64MB RAM Hard Disk Space; 90MB Free CD-ROM Drive; 4x Speed Video; 8MB Windows 95/98/Me-compatible video card Sound; Windows 95/98/Me-compatible sound card DirectX; Version 8.0 or higher So there you go! I must admit that a lot of that makes absolutely no sense to me, but my other half always goes on about how important it is to know the specs of a game, so, er, there you have 'em! So, after you have checked that your PC has all the neccessaries, is this game worth having? I would say yes, firstly because of the great graphics. I must confess that a lot of the time I steer clear of 3D graphics, as I find them a bit confusing to control, but all you have here really is a view; no walking or steering of anything, so it is fine! The scenery has been worked on really well, with great attention to detail, as well as day/night sequences which fade properly, not like someone has turned off a light which so many games seem to do! Another huge plus is the amount of fun gameplay to be had in this game. There is a choice of single player or multiplayer (you vs PC/s or other people over a network), but the singleplayer sectio
n packs loads more options in too, from 'last man standing', in which a player is voted out by the citizens of the town every so many turns (you set this yourself), until there is only the winner left, to making a certain amount of profit in a certain time period, or having an empire worth a certain amount, or even first to be elected Mayor! As well as these and other options, there are also 3 levels of difficulty, which makes for a lot of ptotential amusement from this game! Because of the variety of options, the objective of the game changes frequently (a good thing to stop you getting bored!), but the basics of the game remain the same. This is to build businesses from a huge list of choices, providing day and night shopping and entertainment for the people of Monopoly Town! The list of businesses to choose from is huge, including bakeries, supermarkets, cinemas, pubs, nightclubs and theatres to name but a few. As time in the game goes on, even more options are added to the list to ensure that there is always something you haven't yet built! You control the price of goods in your businesses, and can keep an eye on the prices being charged by other players too, in an effort to undercut them. All the businesses are customisable too, with a choice of low, medium or high build levels and up to 18 building styles. A tip worth remembering though is that if you build a low quality building in a high quality area e.g. Mayfair, not many people tend to go there! Leasing the land is optional, but can be worth doing as it saves you land rent money on your own businesses and brings in rent from other players if you own the land their businesses are on. Land is leased by auction, which is another entertaining section of the game, fully animated and easy to use. If all this sounds a bit complicated, don't worry, as there is a comprehensive range of game tutorials also included on the CD to ensure that you know what yo
u are doing...if I can play this game from being taught by them then anyone can! Overall this is an entertaining, feature packed game, with loads to keep you occupied, great gameplay, fantastic graphics and plenty of customisability (if that is a word?!) What more do you want?! P.S. The price is based on what I paid for it, and I bought it in 'Game' so it should be about what you can get it for!
Do not be conned by the name of this game. It is not in fact another board game converted to pc but the use of monopoly in the title mearly indicates the use of certain elements and names from the board game. The game involves building buisness on blocks which sell different items all which are in different levels of demand which can be determined by opinion polls. One can also by the lease for the land build apartments and hotels. This on the face of it could end up being very boring but for the competion. The competion can also build busnesses and undercut you on price and location (some blocks are better than others) and vica versa. This makes for a much more fun game than other simulation games because of this. There are many different game types spread throughout the single and multiplayer. These include running as mayor (people vote for the person they think is most beneficial for there lives)elimination (similar but least popular ejected each day) daily profit (speaks for itself) empire wealth(again speaks for itself) and number of sales (yet again speaks for itself). After installing the patch (1.2) there is also a sandbox mode). Overall this game is great however the single player is quite short and once you have worked out a good strategy one can easily beat the computers however the multiplayer and sandbox increase the games life dramatically.
I have to start by saying this game is a bit of a let down. I have been waiting for this game for nearly a year. A Monopoly spin off that involves all the best elements of empire building, management sim and economic warfare. Sounds like just my sort of game. Ive been playing it for two weeks now and i finished the final scenario last night. It is nothing like monopoly but uses the monopoly theme to create a whole new game that is only really possible on a computer. I like this idea. Its how computers should be used. There is no use just copying what we have known for years. Unfortunately, Monopoly board game is fun and easy to play, hard to master and the main excitement comes from peoples personalities and chance. With Monopoly tycoon, most of these important ingredients are missing and a basic formula can be used to succeed. The game looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and the interface is a dream to play. The smooth 3D scrolling is sensational and it is great just to watch your newly created Book Store just spring up. Once you get used to this feast of eye candy and start looking for a game, it becomes more of a struggle. There is challenge here. You are taught a few lessons in your first few attempts but the game becomes more and more fiddly as time goes on and it stops being fun. I dont beleive some of the magazine reviews that raved about the economic war fare element because a couple of simple tactics will make all the single player scenarios a doddle. I will leave these to the end of the review so as not to spoil it for those who dont want to know. What does the game lack. For me the biggest is chance. Monopoly was about needing a 7 to land on Strand and complete the red set. Monoply was about getting sent to jail and seeing you worst enemy buy it and gloat. Then you had to kiss is behind and give him Park Lane plus Oxfod Street just to get a poxy red property. There's non
of that here. The game plays in real time. You can buy as many businesses as you like and hope they make a profit. With some experience you soon get to know what to build. You can lease propoerties on which these businesses are built but they are only yours for a short time and then you a have to lease them again. It gets very repetitive. Im sorry to be so negative. Its shame when so much time has gone into making such a polished product. This game does maintain very high standards in graphics and sound. I hope someone writes an alternative op telling me ive got it all wrong but after many hours and a couple of weeks, I just dont get it with this one. Winning Tactic - Warning, may spoil the fun. Buy the stations and the utilities to start with. dont waste money on anything else. This will generate a good cash flow. With this cash flow buy the leases on properties with lots of computer player businesses. Check what rent they generate and try to pay about double the rent. These will produce a steady cash flow. Finally , when you are flush with cash, lease an empty property, build a massive appartment, and then build businesses that people want there. Chose a location thats away from the other developed sites. Do this last stage a few times and you will win all the scenarios without too much trouble.