Have you ever played the classic board game Monopoly? If so, you may have tried at least one or a few different varieties through the many progressing years. It has always been available in a digital form for the PC and many different game consoles, or the classic and always fun tabletop board game. No matter however it was played, Monopoly has always been a fun party-style game to play with friends or family.
Now what is even nicer is that Monopoly has recently come back with a whole new look and the gameplay has been changed completely! It went from the classic board game style where you go around in a square to buy buildings, to a 3D town where the game is filled with 6 characters at a time, 20 different ones to choose from, that are pushing and trying to get ahead of each other, to place bids and purchase as many buildings as possible. Let’s just say it’s a bit more crazy, so much more mayhem, and fully action-packed than what it used to be.
What You Need to Expect
Not only is this a very engaging game, which I so can find myself playing with family at parties and even friends during the holidays, but it’s just totally fun! The graphics are cute, with the 3D appearance of each character choice and 4 world environments. The sounds and music playing during the game is also perfect. Plus, the simplicity of how to actually play the game is also a reason I really find myself constantly playing. No way anyone can cheat, almost as if there are no real rules.
For me, Monopoly was a game I grew up playing, especially as a tradition during each holiday. Of course, I’ve always had that cousin who loved to cheat, pocketing some extra money whenever he could, or the one who loved being an entrepreneur buying as many places as possible while always adding buildings on top of them. Nevertheless, we would always play the game and my family would always have their own favorite character piece to be, including on the digital version. It was a no-brainer, when we had a game night, everyone knew what to expect.
So when I began to get my brain wrapped around the new concept of Monopoly Madness, I was actually super excited to try something different that Monopoly came out with. I mean the classic is fun, but sometimes I do prefer a change. Right away, I loved that the game still had some similarities that made it quite easy to understand how to play the game. First things first, don’t expect that classic square board, that is totally over with. Plus, with so many more characters to choose from, six players at a time, and the ability to personalize the appearance as you like, it’s a bit more exciting. Of course, the additional styling will require the player to purchase them, but I still love that there is something more to look forward to in this game.
Additionally, I love that the game gives you help on how to play, by playing through the tutorial level. It’s a perfect way to help anyone learn to play like an expert, giving the player full and complete guidance. Plus it’s short, so there is no hour learning, just 5-10mins, and the real game can be started. On the other hand, some games don’t give you the option to skip the tutorial stage, as this game does. Let’s say you might have played it already and just want to get right into the game once you turn it on, well go right ahead! No reason to hear any long introduction, which there isn’t any, or take the tutorial stage over and over.
The one thing I want to point out is that the way Mr. Monopoly was teaching the game and how he speaks through the tutorial stage was not bad. a bit more humorous and even cheerful. Reminded me of a gameshow host. I honestly couldn’t just help but smile as I played. In addition to the teaching, I must kindly comment again on how the graphics are quite amazing. Especially the original and new playable character options that move or just how they express different emotions. It’s just totally adorable and really feels like a cute family fun style game for all ages to play! Plus, with 6 other players, it can make for even more fun, and more madness as everyone is playing at the same time.
Oh and what else makes the madness even more difficult, maybe I should call it mayhem, is not just learning where an auction is taking place for a building, or what buttons to remember to purchase a place and the one to use to absorb objects into your inventory for use. It’s actually the obstacles that arrive during gameplay. You may end up being stopped or even hit, in a cartoony way by a train. Even the community chest includes a jail card that when the player moves the player to the jail tile for the moment. Afterward, you can go back to moving about. Plus, the weather, planes flying above and so many other obstacles that could come in the way of you and winning are all other things that make this game full of MADNESS!
The best part of a game is that there are plenty of game modes to choose from. Basically, there are 3 types, each that add something new and a more fun way to play. One option can allow you to play alone through the story mode, another is the free-for-all, and lastly as a team. Also the option of local play or worldwide is also an option too! Who knows, there could be challenges that are better and would help skill you up further than just those members you have at home or playing against the computer, but either option one makes to play this game, it will all be a bit different and still interesting and exciting!
My Gameplay Experience
There were a few things that I realized when it came to playing the game. I did focus more on playing story mode the most. So I can tell you that this part of the game is more like seeing who will come out on top, to be Mr. Monopoly’s top entrepreneur and tycoons. The statistics of each win can be seen at the end of the level, all timed too, which makes you want to be quick during gameplay. I think that is what also adds to the pressure and madness as stated in the title. Also could be by the amount of 6 players, which includes your character all playing in the game at the same time, trying to outdo one another.
This is about the same with the other game modes, just that they are played with more than one and changed slightly. Not too much, but just a tiny bit. Nevertheless, the game modes are all quite easy to get a hang of and just as fun! Oh yes, and in addition to all the gameplay, there is this list of objectives one can view and see what needs to be achieved, right in the main menu screen. So if you love to accomplish a game fully and get all the goals complete, you will love to add these goals to your gameplay as well! I know I do, as it pushes me to want to do my best and get all of them done, 100% completed.
Also, I must say that I’m very thankful that the buttons are very easy to use, making it simple to pick up the controller and learn the controllability way quicker than many games. So young or old, anyone could get a handle on playing this game! Reason to love it, even more, no difficult need to learn the controller as well as the game to play. Especially since need to move fast when playing against so many others and obstacles that go on during the game.
However, I did get confused in the beginning as, why I lost a few times. Yet, after a few times of practicing and remembering how to use the buttons correctly, I was the winner in no time! Basically, the buttons are to move either way you like, draw in like a vacuum the water, money, and bolts of electricity to buy the buildings before others, and even absorb some community chest boxes to get some whacky and special gizmos to help you get ahead of the other players. I actually think of the community chests as like those special things in a game of racing, where you are able to distract, disrupt or cause something to intervene with the other players. Making it easier for you to gain more buildings and win the game.
I really find myself loving the bulldozing capability. Someone buys a building, I bulldoze it to have it rebuilt and be able to buy it again. That is quite fun, but there are so many others, like the ghost and the birds. It just gets so interesting with these special treasures you can pull out of the chest. Every card is more just for blocking or distracting the components to get another building for you to buy during a bid.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that this has been such a unique and original game that I’ve played this year, especially for Monopoly. I honestly just love that it’s different and can be a fun party game with others or as a person to play on their own. It’s bright and colorful too! I don’t really feel there were many negative aspects that I could call out about the game, but it can probably be just a bit too crazy with so much going on and so many others playing with you. Also, knowing to find that house up for auction can get also be difficult, as not all homes are able to be purchased at a certain time. I guess it’s ok to say that those still keep me a bit confused and I sometimes still use the wrong button to blow cash into the house for a bid verse the other to absorb it. No wonder my chances of winning, even if I’m quick enough isn’t working out for me.
Nevertheless, this is still a fun game to play not too bad, and very much fun to get the entire family or a bunch of friends, local or online to play with! It is something I found enjoyable especially for the holidays and game night!