Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition

by MonopolyHQ on October 5, 2009 · 4 comments

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While we wait on possible updates from the official Monopoly City Streets Team I thought I’d review Monopoly for iPhone / iPod Touch.  Any other hardcore monopoly fans try this yet?

The game is nearly identical to the original board game you know and love.  The new street names and valuations take a bit of getting use to, but I’ve got to say the gameplay is phenomenal.  You can play with multiple players on the same device, or over wifi, or with the computer.

It’s a bit lame, but I’ve mostly played with against the computer, and I’ve got to say it’s still quite fun.  The AI for strategy and negotiations is quite intelligent, especially on hard mode.

(Quick tip after months of playing – like the original board game – get an early monopoly on one of the first two lower end streets and kill your competition early – some of the pricier property can often take too long to build up towards something substantial, though it really depends)

The game also really takes advantage of the iphone/ipod touch’s unique interface.  It uses the accelerometer to roll the dice and the touch interface for sliding through streets and cards.  The rules are customizable too (the rules you bickered over as a kid – starting cash, tax options, what happens when you land on free parking and go).  The animation is slick, the graphics are crisp, and overall this game is rock solid and well worth the $4.99 price tag.

All this to say (as hard as it may be to believe for those of you who’ve been hanging in through city streets)… Hasbro is fully capable of building and operating a team of game developers for a new era of Monopoly… although EA‘s involvement with the apple app may have a huge factor in the game’s excellence.

Your thoughts?

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1 Brian October 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

I have had this app for a while now and I still enjoy it to kill time on a train etc. My only gripe is that there is no easy way to speed up the play. The animations of the pieces moving gets old and I am an impatient person. Otherwise, a fun alternative when I don’t have a net connection and access to Pogo.

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2 tim October 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I like this app.. I use it to kill time on my commute, and I must say it is addicting to play.

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3 MonopolyHQ October 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

yup great for commutes – and Brian – totally forgot, that’s my one issue with it as well… there’s a speedup button for your own turn, but not the computer…

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4 Jerry August 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’m playing iPod monopoly also on the iPad, but where can one play against others online?

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