Forum Review: Monopoly - Here and Now Edition for the iPhone

Monopoly - Here and Now Edition Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum!

Monopoly is a classic game, and it was just a matter of time until it appeared on the iPhone. I remember playing this in the summers with my sister when we were out of school. We would get games that lasted months as we would finally run out of money in the bank!

So finally Monopoly comes to the iPhone! The game is visually appealing, and is based on the Monopoly: Here and Now version with updated locations, dollars amount, and random cards. There is a lot of animation in the game, including rolling the dice, moving the pieces, and various cut scenes while running the app. That graphics are nicely done, and there was only a little stutter now and then with the animation sequences.

The game can be played over wifi, but internet play is not yet available. You can, however, play with multiplayer on the same iPhone. When creating a new game, you can set various game options, including some standard variations on the rules like landing on Go gives you a double paycheck, or all tax money goes to free parking. You choose a token for yourself (new, updated tokens), the difficulty level, and the number of players, and go ahead and start.

The in-game controls are fairly easy to use, but they can get a little cumbersome. I prefer that the controls are easily laid out, however, instead of being hidden or confusing. It is relatively easy to scan the board, scroll through the various title deeds to see who owns what. You are presented with action "tiles" at the bottom of the screen that enable all your actions - including purchase property, manage properties, buy houses, and trade.

I was pleased to see that setting up a trade is pretty straighforward, as is building houses and hotels. You can also change the house rules during the game if you like.

The AI seemed pretty good, I was mostly testing it at the medium difficulty setting. When you start a game, there is a nice help section that leads you through the game the first few times you try something. I couldn't find any way to turn off the help, so I got the help tutorial each time I played a game. This got a little annoying. It would also be nice to be able to turn off animations in order to speed the game up a little bit.

One thing I wish they had was the ability to choose your game board. With all the variations of Monopoly out there (Simpsons, Star Wars, Classic, etc) it would be nice to have various "skins" that you could apply.

Also, the "auction" rules seem a little odd. You are presented with a turn by turn auction, with each player taking turns to place bids. I don't know why they didn't implement a real auction for unpurchased properties (or even better, have an potential in-house rule to disable the auction).

Pros:

  • Nice customization options with the "house rules",
  • easy to play

Cons:

-Only one "skin", - no ability to turn off help or animation

Conclusion

All in all, this is a nicely designed game, that is pretty straightforward and easy to play. The various options and settings are nice. It's fun to play as well, and is currently on sale for $4.99.

Forum Review Rating

TiPb Forums Review: 4.5 Star App

[Monopoly is available from the iTunes App Store.]

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Forum Review: Monopoly - Here and Now Edition for the iPhone

15 Comments

I love my Monopoly app. I play it at home with my son over our wifi. The only two problems I see are that (1) the wifi connection seems to drop frequently (not sure if this is the game's fault, the iphone's or my network's) and (2) the game really wears down the battery. Other than that, the game's a lot of fun.

Check if your data push is on, after I set it to an hour... my wifi connection only dropped once every hour or so... also, it'll help save that battery so you can finish the game.

I have played the game numerous times over wifi with 1,2 and 3 other players. Although a player may drop out due to a connection error once or twice during the game, resuming is quick, easy and painless.
If you have the time to play a game of monopoly on your phone, you are more than likely near an outlet to charge your phone. If not... hope it was a good game!

Although I only play this game by myself, I find the battery lasts plenty long enough. Most games only take an hour or two at most. I'm quite surprised how fun the game is!

Well, after reading this post; i went to the app store and got this app. i must say everything this post said about the game is 100% right. I also found the battery lasts long enough. I got 2 days out of it before it told me i only have 20% left. This game is a lot of fun!

LOVE the game. Bought it before it about a month ago and haven't regretted it. Even with the current price break.
A little help on the Tutorials problem.
You can turn off the Tutorials under the Options menu.
You need to "scroll" down to find the setting and turn it off.

Waste of money, terrible logic when playing a system opponent and totally predictable. Look elsewhere, this ain't worth it.

Too bad you can't play over the internet - that would be fun - multi-player with my relatives in Australia.