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I think that everyone is familiar with the concept of Monopoly, it's one of the best and most well known traditional board games of our generation... But for anyone who has been living under a rock for all their lives here a quick description of the Monopoly game: Monopoly is a board game where each player takes their turn to roll a pair of dice and move around the board square by square, when you land on a property, you can either buy it or if it is already owned by another player you have to pay them 'rent' landing on it. Each property is a different price and carries a different rent, as you progress around the board properties increase in price and rent, to increase rent of your properties you can put houses and hotels on them. The general aim of the game is to own as many properties as you can so players will have to pay you lots of rent, the game is over when everyone but the overall winner is bankrupt. (There are different variations of the game rules but this is the general idea). I bought Monopoly for the DS as it was a good way to play Monopoly on the go, I use the buses a lot and get bored really easily so I try to have either a good book or a game handy for my journey. I really like playing this game, it stays true to the Monopoly concept. You play against up to 3 other computers or multiplayer with your friends, I haven't really used the multiplayer much on this game however as I normally just play it on the bus. Some good features about this game are that you can save your game of Monopoly and play it at a later time, this is good as you don't have to play one full game in one sitting. You can also speed up the computers moves using the stylus which makes the game less boring when you are felling impatient. The computer's difficulty can be set to Novice, Intermediate or Expert, there is definitely a difference from the Novice to the Expert standard as the Expert will spend its money more carefully and buys properties that could actually harm your game plan. This is a good point for me as it would be boring if the computer wasn't a challenge to beat. The interface on this game is really easy to understand and navigate through, you simply touch where you want to go with the DS stylus. The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo DS, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, they could be described as quite child-like compared to games available on the Xbox or Playstation, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at. The music on this game is a bit like elevator music, rather relaxing and laid back, though it isn't exactly necessary it does help to have something playing in the background. You should be able to pick up this game in any Game, HMV or Gamestop locally, or if you can also purchase it on the internet. I bought this game about a year and a half ago for around £15 in HMV as this was the best deal at the time, I think that this is a great price for a game. I would also say it has decreased in price as it has been out for a while. Overall I think this is a great game for any Monopoly fans, it is a much more portable way to play Monopoly and I have spent many a boring bus journey playing it and it has kept me entertained. It was priced well and has gave me lots of entertainment, great buy. *also on ciao under lorrainek90*
I've always been a Monopoly fan, but some of the computer game versions over the years have been a bit annoying. They draw the gameplay out, they include fancy graphic demonstrations that annoy me, they make me wait at times when I shouldn't have to wait and they change the rules without the options available for me to change them back! Before I owned this, I previously had only liked the PS2 release of this game. I was hoping that this would be similar to the PS2 version and was pleased to discover that in some respects it was better. The good points with this game are that the options are easy to work with, and you can change the settings to suit you easily. You can adjust the rules one-by-one so you can play with any combination (eg properties dealt at the start, double money for landing on go etc). You can change through the token icons and number of players with a quick click of the icons, and you can start your game in under a minute from turning your console on. Game play can be sped up by holding your stylus on the touch screen, though you do have to hold it there the whole time you want to fast forward - you can't just tap once to start it off unfortunately. I like that I can speed it up as I'm not one for waiting idly while my computer opponent taps out a full twelve square move. I can see the whole board easily on one screen, while I'm shown a close up of where my token is and the options I might need to access on the other. I like being able to see the whole board easily, and know at any time who owns what property from the little colour mark to show ownership. I can easily see what colour band each property belongs to, but because this has been shrunk to fit on a DS screen, I can't read the property names of course unless I go and click on the property to zoom in. This won't be a problem for those who have played the game a lot in the past as they'll know what the names are. Even if you don't know them off by heart, you can just give a little tap and easily find out. The icon options include buying a property (only appears when this is an option), managing my properties (mortgaging, buying houses etc), trading with my opponent, rolling the dice and ending my turn (again, these show up only when they are needed). The icons are easy to use once you've remembered what each icon represents. There's a big drawback with them for me though, because they are all on the left hand side of the touch screen. Great for lefties I'm sure! But I'm right-handed, and there's no option for me to change this to suit. So whenever I want to select an icon, I have to move my hand across the screen. This is uncomfortable when using a DSi XL and it means blocking the screen with my hand too. On the plus side, the graphics are good (not great, but good) and the gameplay moves quickly enough to hold my interest. The music is annoying but I always have it turned off, and the same goes for the sound effects! There's no irritating auction man in this game as there have been in other versions of Monopoly. For £15 I feel I've got my money's worth, and I like this as a little twenty minute time-filler game. It's nothing particularly special but I do enjoy a game every now and again and I feel it was worth the release. If you're looking to buy this game, Amazon have it for sale for £14.99 which I think is reasonable for what you get. Note that the pictures on the Amazon site are not for this Monopoly game (this is a game board graphic package - none of that 3D streets stuff) as some of the reviewers on there have also pointed out.