MONOPOLY

Common Sense Media says

Faithful adaptation of classic game.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money
  • subtraction

Social Studies

  • the economy

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Game will entertain kids, but animations slow game play down a bit.

Learning Approach

The computer takes over many of the basic functions such as counting spaces and adding and subtracting money.

Support

Tutorial guides users through main features, but they may still find themselves confused while playing.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money
  • subtraction

Social Studies

  • the economy

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:$.99
Release date:September 2, 2011
Category:Board Games
Size:31.10 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.2.9
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

This review of MONOPOLY was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Consumerism

I love this game.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 10, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Great

Can learn money skills, as if they should keep there money or spend it trying to make more.
What other families should know
Educational value

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Common Sense Kids Action