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Monopoly Party is a game for the Playstation II based on the traditional board game.
The graphics in the game aren't too bad and do the job well enough. However the display is quite quirky, and I didn't really feel that I had a good view of the board from the camera angle which the game plays from. It's difficult to see what you own, what other players own and which properties are left, and not having that easy overview can be quite frustrating.
The game comes in two different modes, the first is the traditional format, which is as you would play the board game, and the second mode is the party mode. In party mode all the players move at the same time, so it isn't turn based as the traditional game is. If more than one player lands on the same location at the same time, then there's an auction process to decide the winner. This party mode format is much quicker than playing the traditional version, and is quite fun.
The sound effects in the game are quite fun, certainly for the first few plays on the game at least. Helpful comments and remarks on your game are quite common, and there's musical background as well for those players that want music to listen along to.
In terms of game play, I wouldn't want to play this with other players as I feel that it lacks the atmosphere that the board game has. All being huddled around a television screen isn't as good as huddling around the game board in my view! However, as a single player it's a great way to practice your game or just play for entertainment. Although I would add that I personally found it just that bit easy to beat the computer.
One thing that can cause arguments between players who play the game is the multitude of rules and variations on the rules. Different players often argue about which is the correct way to play, but in this game there are lots of options so that you can set up the board and rules just as you want them, and you can agree in advance to prevent any arguments!
It's all fun for a while, but the strange camera angles and the soon irritating sound effects do tend to grate after several plays. But the fun of monopoly does mean that this game has lots of repeat visit power further down the line, just to play one more game.
As far as I am aware, unlike the PC version of the game, there is no facility to be able to play on-line against other competitors. This might have added some additional fun to the game, and is possibly a good reason to consider the PC version if you were wavering between which machine to buy the game for.
The game retailed at what I consider to be a ridiculous 39.99 pounds, but is now available on Amazon for just under fifteen pounds including postage. However, second hand copies are available for just a couple of pounds on both Amazon and on eBay at the time of writing.
Overall, the game isn't too bad, it has the fun of monopoly and at least it's quicker to set up and clean away! But there's quite a lot missing from the game in terms of atmosphere, so I would always rather play the traditional board game with friends. However, if you're playing on your own, it's fun and if you can pick up a second hand copy cheaply, definitely good value for money.
Unlike the other reviewers of this game, I really enjoy it!
For a start there's no laying the board out, sorting the cash, fighting over the race car. Just put your ps2 on and away you go!
The game is based on the board game with a few variations. For a start you can adjust the rules to whatever you prefer. Also there's a variety of different boards you can use, including prehistoric, outer space, medieval. They make it a bit different. The pieces, houses and hotels also change with each different version of the board game. My personal favourite is the outer space version of the board as the pieces are rockets and they fly around the board!
The main drawback for me, is that you can't adjust the rules slightly when you need to! For example if we're playing with the board game, if one of us runs low on money, sometime we borrow from the bank to tide us over. In the ps2 version, there's no leeway like that and once you're bankrupt, you're bankrupt!
Fun and ideal for all the family.
I think for this game you will fall into one of two camps, you will either love it to bits or dislike it intensely. Friends of mine rave about this game however it leaves me cold.
Fundamentally what you get is the famous old board game on your PS2 which at least means you will not find yourself kneeling on the hat while reaching for a chance card but also you lose out on the satisfaction of putting your hard earned money into nice neat piles and feeling superior against your poorer opponents.
There are a few variations to the original game, for a start you can choose your currency between pounds, dollars and euros and also you can choose to set it so that if you land on free parking you pick up any money paid in fines from the chance and community chest cards. As well as the standard set up you can also switch to a number of themed boards such as sci-fi however the novelty of playing these does not last long.
The disappointment for me with this game is that it really does not offer anything tangible that the board game does not provide, in the end it is nothing original and given that Im not a big fan of the board game in the first place then it is nothing to write home about.
Visually the game is fine but again nothing special and on the whole I would much rather play a game using a board and real dice than the virtual version created here. Dont waste your money on this offering.
Monopoly Party, based on the popular Hasbro board game, and Wheel of Fortune with new game rules and 3D graphics to make the classic MONOPOLY game faster, livelier, and more entertaining than ever.