‘Monopoly for iPad’ Review Classic Board Game Enhanced With New Features

Rating: ★★★★½

Monopoly HDMonopoly for iPad was recently updated with some new features so we decided take a look at this popular board game again. This classic game manages to keep the games’ classic gameplay and feel while utilizing the technology that the iPad has to offer. The sleek interface and ease of browsing around the game sure beats having to set up the board game and especially having to keep track of all of those pieces. The game sports tons of features that make it a great game for many different styles of play.

The control system in Monopoly for iPad is dead simple. The game is largely prompt or menu based. Rolling the dice might be the most complex action you have to do and it’s as simple as touch and hold on the dice and flick your finger. You have all of the controls of the board game from trading property to auctioning property. All of the menus are extremely simple and allow you to do all of the actions found in the game in a nice clean and simple manner.

Monopoly HDYou can have a four player local game that allows four people to play using one device or you can play against three other AI players. You have the choice to link up via Bluetooth with three other players and play a four player game via Bluetooth. Finally, my favorite is the option to play a four player game over WiFi since this is the technology that we all use at this point and really adds something to this game. There is a tabletop mode that makes the game play like the board game. This really takes you back to the entire family gathering around the table to play. This might not be a full replacement to the board game due to size but let me tell you, it worked for my wife and her friend on a two hour drive we made lastnight. This game also features a “Teacher” mode which helps you by giving you hints and tips. You play along with a quirky AI player that helps you learn new strategies. These different modes help keep the game in its roots but at the technological boost it needed.Monopoly HD

The presentation of this game is great just as any EA game. The visual aspects are stunning and go hand in hand with the actual board game. The sound effects are great and have the added bonus of allowing you to choose from your own music that you have on your iPad which is always awesome. The ability to create your own house rules is also very intriguing for those of us who always dispute the original rules. Trust me if you played this game a lot growing up, there were some house rules involved whether you knew it or not. This game comes in at $9.99 but I can say that it is worth every penny as it gives you all of the options of the board game but also the added technology and options of a game made for Apple’s tablet. The latest update to the game also adds the all new Toyota Prius mover which gives you yet another reason to play this classic game once again.

Pros

  • Classic gameplay
  • House rules option
  • Play your own music
  • Multiplayer modes

Cons

$9.99 MONOPOLY for iPad - Electronic Arts
Category: Games
Updated: Apr 27, 2011
Current Version: 1.0.3
1.0.3
Size: 69.5 MB
Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Seller: Electronic Arts Inc.
© 1935, 2010 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Game code © 2009, 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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