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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new twist, 1 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Monopoly City Board Game (Toy)
Monopoly is my all-time favourite board game but even I'll admit after probably playing hundreds of games now it can get a bit 'samey'. I got this not long after it was released and have played it numerous times now.

It's best summed up by saying it's similar to Monopoly but different too. The board is arranged in a similar way and the aim of the game is again to move around the board, collect rent and buy properties and the richest player wins. However, the difference is the way you go about winning (or losing!)

Instead of houses and hotels there are various buildings that can be built, any time on your turn, on any of your properties. You don't have to have all of the colours in a group to build and your buildings now go in the middle of the board (you build a city) and collect increasing values of rent as in Monopoly. Community Chest cards have gone, new Chance cards are in and there is an interesting "rent dodge" card under Free Parking. Stations have been replaced with build a hazard/attraction spaces which stop another player collecting rent/block another player stopping you collecting rent. Electricity Company and Water Works have also gone. I promise you these aren't missed, after the initial "oh, where have they gone?", because of all of the new features. The money has also been revamped, it's not pounds sterling anymore but Monopoly money. It doesn't really make much difference, just more zeros on the end of the notes!

However, the biggest difference for me is that the game forces you to auction properties if you don't buy them on your turn (or you can't afford to buy a property you land on). There are also a few 'auction' spaces on the board. I know Monopoly, if played according to the house rules, made you auction but few people I know did in fact auction. It's good because it speeds the game up and you only have 50 seconds to auction a property off (there's a timer that beeps!) and makes it more exciting.

There are skyscrapers that double your rent if you own all properties in a colour group and the Monopoly Tower doubles the rent of all of your properties!

Overall, a brilliant game that has kept the core features in that made the original Monopoly great but altered a few things to make the game arguably more fun and exciting than the original.

If you loved the original Monopoly but want a different twist to the game; buy this.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2009 21:16:10 BDT
Chris says:
Thank you. An excellent review.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2009 13:32:42 BDT
D. Cole says:
I'm glad you appreciated it. Enjoy the game ;)

Posted on 28 Oct 2009 18:35:08 GMT
Iona Ming says:
Great review... really helpful. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2009 11:38:32 GMT
sara.h says:
Thank you for an excellent review; I think Santa will definitely be getting this item for my (grown up!) daughter from her Xmas wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2009 12:25:32 GMT
D. Cole says:
Hope review helped. Haha. She's very lucky ;)

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 22:34:22 GMT
I must concur, excellent review. Thank you.

Posted on 14 Nov 2009 22:12:09 GMT
M. McCaughey says:
The original monopoly has the rule about auctioning too.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2009 10:58:31 GMT
D. Cole says:
I know, as I said, "I know [original] Monopoly, if played according to the house rules, made you auction but few people I know did in fact auction." Maybe I should have said that with Monopoly City it is more of a fundamental/inherent part of the game that properties are to be auctioned.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2009 14:36:46 GMT
I have a very bright 8-year old who is a whizz at the original game - the rest of us are bored stupid by it now! Would you recommend this, or the world one with the credit card, as a different twist? I can't afford both!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 12:40:15 GMT
D. Cole says:
I'll admit I have never played the world addition but have heard that the only real difference is that there's no money involved and the credit card just speeds up play. Personally, I like having a wad of money in my hand but I can't really comment because I haven't played it. As for Monopoly City, I would say that the twist is significant enough to enable you to not be bored stupid but at the same time your 8-year-old will feel right at home after they have grasped the slight twist on the original. Hope that helps!
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