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The tag line goes: "Custom make your very own board game - With just some scissors, a PC & any simple colour printer" - the key words in this sentence are BOARD GAME, not monopoly game. For starters, there aren't as many squares on the board as proper Monopoly & there's no Jail square. They've also introduced a lottery square, where you bet to try & roll a certain number.
Besides not being the same board, inside the box is a board, a few sheets of printer paper, some printable stickers, a CD ROM, six plastic counters & two dice. The instruction book is vague & doesn't come with any rules for the game, so those unfamiliar with monopoly will be unsure of what do do.
You also don't have any option for houses & hotels or rent cards, so there isn't really anywhere for the game to progress once you've all bought the properties.
Overall, very disappointing.
On the plus side, the concept is really good - a totally unique board game - would make a great present, or family project. The software is very user friendly, it opens up with the basic board, then you enter your own street names, chance cards etc and then just follow the printing intructions, stick it all together and you're done. Pretty staightforward, easy and quite quick to do. The sample games on the CD-ROM have some good ideas for inspiration.
On the negative side, as other reviewers have said the quality of the materials is pretty poor - cheap card and plastic pieces. The lottery squares seem unnecessarily complicated especially for kids. The finished game is a bit limited - can't buy houses or anything for the properties. I resorted to buying a new complete game and ripping off the pieces, hotels etc, and designing my own title deeds.
If I wanted to ever do the same thing again I think I would buy an ordinary monopoly set, some card and sticky paper, a bit of imagination and give it a personal revamp.