Price: CDN$ 39.93
Visually appealing but around here it fails to excite teens and/or adults
I grew up with Monopoly and it was one of the few board games we’d pull out regularly, something about taking over all the real estate seemed to work for me. I was looking forward to getting into this with a few old friends and didn’t bother to unpack it till they arrived. This was a mistake.
The game board looks great and appears to be well made like the original boards which have held together for decades, the characters are a welcome update from the buttons we used to use as a child. Here the board is very attractive with the bright colours and imagery used, a real contrast to the original. They are a goofy looking bunch just like the cartoon versions. It looks like a lot of fun but alas we were not to find out if this was true, upon unpacking we discovered that there were only French instructions and no one around the table know more than enough French to order a coffee.
No problem right, Hasbro has been around since the creation of board games, they’ll have something online. Nope, disappointment #2. They don’t recognise “Monopoly Gamer” as one of their items in the support section of their site. That being the case there was no way we were going to try it out that night. Next day I got online in the afternoon thinking I would just use the client chat in their contact page. Disappointment #3. They only operate this service as shown here:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM EDT
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM EDT
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM EDT
Thursday: 08:00 AM – 04:30 PM EDT
Friday: 08:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
After creating an account just (no option if you want service) to use their “Contact Us” site link they did, two days later, email the instructions and they did also follow up by mailing me hard copy instructions.
As far as playability, it seems you need to be of a younger generation than our household and that of our friends. We sat down numerous times and tried to get into it but this just didn’t excite anyone. Maybe it’s because we’ve played the original version for decades and just don’t like a change, I can’t say for sure but so far I’ve not found anyone, even younger kids in their teens, who found this stimulating enough to play it through. Just as with us older folks the young-uns only stuck with it for about 20 minutes.
I can only rate the game play based on our experience and that’s doesn’t result in very high marks. As for the game itself, board and pieces, its well-made and should last a long time even for people who would pull it out often.