In our family Monopoly has always worked because it appealed to all ages, from adults competing fervently (and pretending it's all just in fun for the kids' benefit) to my youngest boy who always HAD TO BE the racing car. So my first thought was 'how can they improve on this?'. But they have.
There's a whole new load of fun to be had from just getting used to the new locations and 'movers'. Explaining to the kids the significance of The Sun (what can I say, I read the Guardian!), watching my son's eyes light up as he buys Wembley Stadium, the Oval and Wimbledon, and yes, the mobile phone, rollerblade, skateboard etc. are all good fun too (and yes, as other reviewers have pointed out, the double-decker bus is different from the other pieces - duller metal, heavier, different but not worse!).
But what gives the 'Here & Now' game a whole new lease of life is simply the fact that it's different. If you've got stuck in your ways, knowing exactly what property set you always plan to buy, a new version like this throws all that out of the window.
You really have to think again as you play - can I afford to buy apartments (previously houses) now they cost up to £2 million pounds each? Is it worth buying Stansted as well as Gatwick airports?
If you've ever wished there was a game as well thought through as Monopoly, but not quite so 'well-worn', then new versions like this are a god-send. If your family enjoys playing the original, I defy them not to enjoy this excellent variation.