Monopoly Review: Board Games On the Go

It’s a long and rainy day, and there’s really nothing to do outside.  That’s the time when you kick it old school and plop down a Monopoly board and play with your siblings, and maybe even your mother and father.  Of course, there are many different occasions for Monopoly including Thanksgiving get-togethers and Christmas parties.

Monopoly is a classic board game, arguably one of the most successful of all time.  It only makes sense to bring the original to the iPhone after releasing their Here & Now: World Edition.  Many people have been begging for the Park Place they remember, and the classic board game experience they absolutely loved.

Likes

Multiplayer: 3 player WiFi and pass-and-play multiplayer along with 2 player Bluetooth is exactly what everyone needs, and with a game such as Monopoly, multiplayer is a must.  I was very satisfied with the multiplayer experience, and the time I played with my brother was an enjoyable one.  We started to get competitive, just like the real Monopoly, and once you start becoming competitive you know that that is multiplayer done right.

Classic: I almost feel like I’m sitting down to a real, classic game of Monopoly.  Except, of course, this is on a phone instead of the real deal.  Either way, I thought EA did a good job of creating the classic experience and feel onto the iPhone.  The place names were accurate, and the game was overall very well made.  Fans and nostalgics of Monopoly will definitely feel at home with this new version of Monopoly.

Dislikes

AI Imbalances: The level 2 difficulty would be somewhat random at times, sometimes being difficult and other times being a breeze.  The level 1 difficulty also seemed to be like this, and while Monopoly is more of a random game, the AI was a little inaccurate.  There are some improvements needed to be made in this department, but most users may not notice the subtle balancing issues.

Nothing New: Everything you saw in the Here & Now Edition is back here in the Classic Edition.  There’s nothing really new except for maybe some few design changes here and there and the 2-player bluetooth multiplayer.  For more casual fans, the different place names may not be worth the $2.99 paid, and I would definitely have to agree.  There’s nothing really new brought to the table, and owners of the previous Monopoly won’t find anything new in this version.

Monopoly has always been one of my favorite board games, and the iPhone version has become my favorite iPhone board game.  There are some minor flaws that hold it back from being the greatest board game ever made, but with a few tweaks here and there, I can see this version going very far.  I just thought that casual players won’t find much difference between the Here & Now Edition and the Classic Edition, but otherwise it was a solid release by Electronic Arts.  If you’re dying for classic Monopoly experience, this is definitely the way to go.

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Monopoly was developed by EA Mobile, and I played through version 1.1.13 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $2.99.

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About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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