Game Review: Monopoly Streets
Release: October 25, 2010
Genre: Board Game
Developer: Electronic Arts
Available Platforms: Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
Players: 1 – 4
MSRP: $39.99 (US)
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
If you have ever played a game of Monopoly, specifically the board game version, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect when playing Monopoly Streets. You collect properties trying to gain the monopoly on the game board and force the other players into bankruptcy. This game offers many of the same thrills that have been around since the late 30’s. Monopoly Streets brings this experience to your home console in the form of animated characters using the all too familiar board game pieces to navigate the virtual game board, such as a boat captain that rides a boat around the board or a girl that jumps in an oversized shoe and bounces around. To add to the ambiance of the game you not only have the option of playing on the original game board you have the choice of playing on multiple other boards including a city block with landmarks that happen to correspond to the original game board (hence the name Monopoly Streets). Each one with a different theme to add to the flavor and fun of the game.
From the beginning of the game you have the option of playing with up to four people, or if you are so inclined you can play by yourself and have the computer be your competition. Though playing Monopoly by yourself just doesn’t seem all that fun to me. I think most of the fun comes from beating your friends and family into the ground and making sure they go bankrupt before you do. The game does offer a couple of different modes to play through to add to the variety. For example there is “Speed Die” mode where you get a third die, or “Short Game” where everyone starts with three random properties and it only takes three houses before you can built a hotel, and “Bull Market” where all the properties are auctioned off at the beginning of the game and the game ends after 20 turns. There are other modes but those three were my favorite. Also, if you happen to be a traditionalist you can play with the original rules and if you can’t find a rule set to fit your needs you have the option to set up your own.
The true bread and butter of the game is its multiplayer. It does a really good job of integrating a much more interactive experience than can be offered in the actual board game and makes for a much for enjoyable experience. Most notably in the auction feature where you can actually have a live auction for a piece of property with your friends where you may be able to get it for cheaper or force someone else to pay more for it. Also with the ability to actually see things being built on your property makes for some good bragging rights. All together it really makes for some great family fun.
One of most apparent features of the game is it’s family friendly atmosphere, which is what I think may be one of the points on this game that would give it widespread appeal. For most adults who would want to play Monopoly I think they would probably want to play the actual board game. As much as this game has to offer I think it is much more geared to families with kids. Which is fine, but for me at least, I find that I got bored of the “kiddie” visuals pretty quickly and was ready to move on.
That all being said I really don’t think it is a bad game. Quite the opposite, I think it does a really good job of doing what it sets out to do. It is a solid Monopoly game. It may be directed towards a more family atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. If you really like Monopoly games or are ready to introduce it your kids I don’t think you will be disappointed.
- Classic Monopoly feel with a modern touch
- Good wholesome family fun
- Easy to pick up
- Geared more for kids than adults
Final Score: 6 out of 10