What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn budgeting skills as well as basic concepts of money management as they buy and trade property, collect rent, and pay expenses in this adaptation of the classic board game. Since the app does most of the calculating automatically, kids don't do as much adding and subtracting as in the board game. However, they still must do calculations to determine which properties to mortgage or what to offer in trades. Additionally, kids can develop strategy skills as they try to amass more wealth than their opponents. MONOPOLY may not reflect the realities of today's economy, but it does give kids a fun simulation of real-world budgeting.

Ease of play

Mr. Monopoly provides a tutorial throughout the game with tips on gameplay and explanations of game controls. There is no audio support, so kids need strong reading skills or adult guidance. The game board is quite small on an iPhone or iPod, but the animations zoom in and out to help make viewing and reading easier. On the iPad, players can zoom 2x to fit the screen, which makes the game board more accessible.

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Upon opening the app, players see a pop-up ad for another app from the developers. Players have to tap "No Thanks" to enter the menu screen. On the menu screen, there is a small banner ad in the bottom right and a scrolling banner at the top -- both of which take kids to the App Store when tapped. In addition, a "More Games" option on the menu takes kids to ads for other apps from the developer. Once kids begin a game, there are no ads or external links.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MONOPOLY is identical to MONOPOLY for iPad, only without high definition or the high price tag. Though this version isn't optimized for iPad, it's compatible (tap 2x to fit to screen), making it an alternative to the pricey HD version. On the iPhone or iPod, the game board is quite small and could be challenging for players with less-than-perfect eyesight. The app is faithful to the original board game with the addition of colorful animations and computerized banking. This review is for the iPhone/iPod version; the app is also available for Android devices, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color for $4.99.

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What's it about?

Gameplay modes include solo play (against computer opponents), pass-and-play for up to four people, and a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth mode for two players on separate devices on the same network. Players tap Play Game to begin. On the Game Setup screen, players choose the number of players and whether they are human or computer (AI). They can also select the difficulty level and adjust the House Rules. Players tap icons at the bottom of the screen to roll dice, propose property trades, buy houses and hotels, and access the options menus.

Is it any good?


Fans of the classic board game will not be disappointed with MONOPOLY. The app is faithful to the original with the addition of quick animations and a computerized banker, which speed up gameplay. For players who like to get creative with the rules, there are numerous options for customizing the House Rules. The multiplayer mode gives families a space-saving and portable alternative to the physical board game.

Though the game controls are a little difficult to see on the iPhone or iPod, most players won't have trouble playing MONOPOLY on the small screen. And if players don't mind lower resolution, purchasing this version to play on the iPad feels like a real bargain.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids develop budgeting skills by taking them grocery shopping. Establish a budget for your trip and ask your kids to comparison shop by looking at the price differences between brands.

  • Consider giving your kids a small allowance and helping them develop a budget so they can practice managing their own money.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Subjects:Math: addition, money, subtraction
Social Studies: the economy
Hobbies: board games
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
Release date:September 2, 2011
Category:Board Games
Size:31.10 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013


I love this game.
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 10, 2011


Can learn money skills, as if they should keep there money or spend it trying to make more.
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