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A New Twist On An Old Game

Reviewing: Parker Brothers/Hasbro Monopoly America Edition  |  Rating:
april By april on
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I love to play Monopoly. In fact, my husband will tell you that I would sell my mother for a monopoly of orange or red properties. They are the monopolies that win the game, after all. Anyway, when this America version came out a few years back, I receivied it as a Christms gift from my brother. This version has a few twists-mainly new rules for the corners. On the "Go" space for instance, you can choose to forgo your salary to move your token to any space on the board. That has some strategic value to it. Say you own Tennessee and New York. You only need St. James to complete your monopoly. Your next roll you land on Go, and voila! You get to move to St. James and buy your property. Your move costs you $380, but in the long run you have residual income from rent. If you look at the Jail corner, you will get the opportunity to show off your knowledge of American history. If you answer one of the questions correct, you can advance to any unowned property with the opportunity to buy. That has the same ramifications as the Go spot. If no unowned properties remain, this option is removed. Moving to the Free Parking space, you will be able to show your knowledge again. But this time, instead of having to buy the unowned property, you will get it for free. With one correct answer, you can pick an unowned property on the first side of the board. With two correct answers, the second side of the board and so on. If there are no unowned properties, the option has been removed and you play like normal on this spot. Now for the despicable Go To Jail corner. If you land on this, you have the option to hire an attorney for $20 to fight your sentence. With a simple roll of the dice, your fate is determined. Roll an even amount, you stay free; roll odd and you are in jail. You have a 50/50 chance of rolling even, but if you don't get the even roll, you end up paying $70 total for bail and lawyer fees. The tokens are new, also. They are pieces of American culture. You will see a film reel, an apple pie and a train among others. The money looks all the same-it is white with the dollar amounts on it. That does make it harder to tell if you are holding ten dollars or one hundred dollars. And the properties are all named something different, such as Baseball, Television and others among American history. The rest of the rules remain the same. All in all, the game is fun with the changes, as the outcome can be very different than the original version. It also teaches a little bit about American history, which educators should be happy to hear. I give the game a thumbs up.