I have really enjoyed the new generation of games that are made to play with the iPad or iPhone. Not too long ago the kids and I received a copy of LIFE zAPPed from my Brandcation trip. This was our first taste of a classic board game making the leap to the newest electronic age. We really enjoyed the game and I personally loved that with these types of games it means less game pieces to lose or step on in the middle of the night.
Monopoly is definitely a “classic” and one my children love to play. I personally have a hard time sitting through an entire game so I was excited to see how it transferred to the iPad. The game came in and my oldest son was anxious to play so it got it all set up and began to plug in the four of us to play (the three kids and myself).
This is where we ran into our biggest problem and one that I really hope Hasbro and any other iPad/iPhone companies will take into consideration when making these type of games. In order to play this game it is very likely that you will need to take your iPad/iPhone cover off to get it to work correctly. The reason is each player receives a “credit card” to pay and accept money. While this feature is great and the game keeps track of your money the way that you need to get the game to recognize your card is the issue. Each card has some type of reader on half of the card. You have to tap that half onto the screen. In order to get it to read the credit card needs to lay flat. If you have a case that has any lip on it the card can not lay flat.
Unfortunately for me this is an issue that will cause me to play this game less often then I would have otherwise. We tried to play the game with the case on however it takes 5-10 times to get the card to read and when it does it doesn’t always recognize the correct card. I would love to see a second version of this game where the screen fits the entire card and will work with or without a case.
On to the rest of the game. Other then this main issue once we removed the case the game worked just fine. You can select up to four players (though I think it would be great to have more then just 4) and set up their profile selecting their color and pawn. You then spin to go first and the game begins. You roll dice (actual dice not virtual dice) and tell the iPad/iPhone what you landed on.
If you land on community chest or chance you often get a fun little mini game to play against another player to see who takes home the cash or pays out the cash.
Each time you pay money to the bank or another player or receive money from the same you will use your credit card to give/get your cash. The iPad/iPhone will keep track of the money you have. The rest of the game is played as the “classic” Monopoly. You will round the board buying property and collecting rent to end being the player with the most money.
Overall the game translated to iPad/iPhone very well. I love not having to deal with paper money and enjoyed the mini games.The credit cards (when working properly) were fun for the kids. I recommend this game if you do not use a cover on your iPad, if your cover is flush, or if you don’t mind removing your cover.
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