After the disaster that was my purchase of Wii Music, I was very sceptical about finding a good game on the Wii. From the very first moment that I saw this game in GAME however, I knew I wanted it. In our family it has been a tradition to get the monopoly board out a few times a year, however it usually runs into the middle of the night with us all getting bored, or usually arguments occur due to doubt about the other players cheating.
Still, I love the game, and I had wanted to see the electronic version of it, so I took my Wii Music into GAME, got a stupid amount back for it considering they're selling it pre-owned for £35 (I got £15, ridiculous). I managed in the end to buy the game pre-owned for £19, and so far, it seems to be a fantastic game.
What is Monopoly?
If you've never heard of monopoly before, get out your Argos book, and buy the original Monopoly box game before you even go anywhere near this Wii game. Not only have you been missing out from a whirl of fun, but I thought it was mandatory that you have to play or at least know about monopoly before the age of 10.
What is Monopoly for the Wii?
Forget all you know about monopoly, this game allows you to do a multitude of different things. There are two main types of games that it allows you to play, there is the Classic Game, this is pretty much all of what you know about monopoly put into an electronic format, with different boards available, but what is probably new to you is the Richest Edition Game, which is very unique and may not require a lot of skill, but it really is a lot of fun. Read below to find out more.
This is the version that I'm sure you all know, the Wii allows you to play this with a variety of different boards, from the classic board game that we all know and love to different ones like the future board.
With the classic board, you will find a return of all of the little playing pieces we all know and love, from the dog, iron and top hat but on all of the other different boards available, the playing pieces also change and become even more unique and brilliant. You will find playing pieces like a mobile phone, a kangaroo and even a doughnut.
The annoying thing about this particular game is you can only play with up to four people, and the problem we have found with this is the fact we actually only have two wii remotes, which means that we can only play with 2 players. I think they should have expanded it so you can play with a wider number of players, but maybe be able to share you remote between a certain number of players as well.
Not every player has to be human however though, if we play with just our two remotes then the other two places are taken by the computer. You have to name each player and then hey presto your off to play.
How to Play
To play the game, the first thing you'll need to do is roll the dice. To shake your dice you have to pick up your Wii remote and then just shake it, when you want to release, click the A button on the front of the remote. The dice then give you a number, and your piece will move along the board.
This game is pretty similar to how you play it on the board game, you have the option of buying the place, or in this game, you can auction off the property, this is very humorous, as the Monopoly master actually becomes an auctioneer and by moving your Wii Remote up, you can bid on the property. You have to be careful though as I paid a ridiculous amount for Old Kent Road, because I knocked the Wii Remote whilst reaching for my drink.
Like the board game, you are able to roll doubles, which again mean you are able to roll again and like the board game, 3 doubles means you go straight to jail.
At the end of each turn you'll be asked what you want to do next, this can get a bit annoying, as it's at the end of each turn, but it allows you to pass the play onto the next player or look at your accounts. Here you can buy houses and hotels, or offer trades with other players.
Opinion on This Game
The game is very good, and a lot of fun, but it does take a while to get around the board, and it can get a bit tedious, as there is a lot of monotonous questions asked as you go around the board, and it doesn't have the same feeling as you get when you play the proper board game.
It is very good though and we have played through the Classic Game quite a few times, it's quite nice not to have to count through your money and work out if you have enough money for properties, one of the things I really liked about the game was the auction process, I thought it was very well done and the idea behind it was just brilliant. It was annoying though, when I bid something like £500 for Old Kent Road.
It doesn't beat the original version, but it is a lot more high tech and it is nice to play on the different boards and be able to play with different pieces to what we are used to. I have only unlocked a few different boards, but they all seem to be very different and they all add a lot to the game play.
The Richest Edition
With this game forget everything you know about monopoly, they have completely thrown everything on the floor and muddled it all up, to create the best part of the Wii game in my opinion.
The only real connection to this and the classic game we all know and love is the board, the idea behind moving around the board and collecting property and the pieces you play with. Everything else is different and it adds so much more fun to the game.
You are first asked to choose between different levels at what you want to play. There are the following:
Developer- 6 rounds
Industrialist- 9 rounds
Tycoon- 12 rounds
Each of these games pretty much has the same principle but they all take a different amount of time, the developer level takes about 30 minutes where as the tycoon will take you about an hour to complete. They all allow you to do different things, but the main principle of the game is the same.
How to Play
At the start of each round, four dice are rolled, the computer does this and you have no control over rolling dices in this game. Then everyone who is playing must take part in a mini game.
A mini game I hear you ask? These are fantastic little games which are embedded into the game, and depending on which level you choose you will play, 6, 9 or even 12 different mini games. How you perform in these mini games will decide on how well you do in the actual game, as when you're done with the mini game, you then have to pick a number off the dice. These numbers correspond to an amount of pieces that will be placed on the board.
When everyone has chosen their number, Mr Monopoly sets off around the board; stopping as his comes to each piece on the board. There is no money exchanged in this version of the game, if you land on an un-owned property then you automatically acquire it. Rent is no longer paid with cash either, if you land on someone else's property you now pay with property. Say if you land on Mayfair and there's someone else already there, you will have to give up Park Lane if you have acquired it.
Like the classic game, you are also able to build houses on a monopoly when you gather one, this can be done by landing on your own set or using community chest/chance cards to do this. This monopoly is very hard to be taken away from you, however if someone lands on community chest and can take property from the richest players, which means your monopoly will probably be broken.
You play a mini game at the end of each round and everything begins to add up and the winner is shown at the end of the game.
Opinion of This Game
This for me is the highlight of the game, it is quick and easy to play and you have little mini games embedded which keep you involved within the game. These mini games are fantastic, they range from things like cutting your way out of prison, running away from cops, and even stopping at the train stations. They really are great, and as you get used to them you'll find yourself winning more and more of them.
Winning the mini games is quite important with the Richest Edition, as you get to pick the dice number first. At the beginning of the game it's best to pick higher numbers, when the board is empty, but as you go through the game, picking higher numbers becomes a risk because you will have more of a chance on landing on other people's properties which means giving up your properties as rent.
You may find when playing the mini games that if you are winning, that you will have a harder time to win the next mini game. This is because the game is in favour of the loser or the average players, for example if you are cutting your way out of prison, the loser will only have to cut through 4 bars, where you will have about 6/8 to cut through. Not fair but it's the game.
It's a fantastic idea and it is the highlight of the game, it really does keep you interested and it is a lot of fun to play.
The game is a mixed bag in my opinion, I think it's a pretty good game, but is it really worth the £19 that I paid for it? Probably not. I think I really should have shopped around before hand, but for about a tener or so, I'm sure it'll be a great game for anybody, especially people who love the original board game.
I think this game is very good, it's filled with a multitude of different things, from things we know and love about the game already to new things and new boards. The game provides some fantastically themed boards from the futuristic board to even the cheese board. To open up the new boards, you have to get a certain number of stamps in your passport; you get these by acquiring properties in the classic game. I think that most people will probably end up playing back on the classic board, as it is the one we all know and love.
For the Richest Edition game they have done a fantastic job, they have taken this classic game and have created hundreds of new variations. The Richest Edition is possibly the best bit about the whole game, I think the classic game can get a bit boring, as it doesn't have the charm that you get when you're all sitting around the board at home and rolling the dice yourself and sorting through your money yourself.
I do think however it loses the original charm that the board game has, I wouldn't recommend buying this for young children as it is quite tedious in places and you can keep their attention a lot more with the original board game rather than playing it in this electronic format.
I brought this game for £19.99 which is way more than the game is actually worth, if you can get it for under a tener then I would go for it, but other than that, it is not really worth that amount.
Is it better than the Board Game?
You can't beat the board game in my opinion, in this game there is no way of cheating and stealing other people's money, there is no way of playing drinking games with it (down a shot glass every time you go past go, doesn't sound like much, but after 4 hours of playing, boy does ending up in jail get you rolling around on the floor laughing)
If you like monopoly then this game is for you, I wouldn't go to GAME and buy it, I would check out EBay or something like that because it is not worth the £19 that I paid for it. It's a lovely nice little family game which will appeal to a lot of people even despite it's obvious negative points.
I think this game is a love it or hate it kind of game, if you prefer electronic versions of classic games then you'll probably like this game, however if you're like me and prefer playing board games, then you'll probably find that you believe that you've paid way too much for an ok game.
(C) Kirsty 2009