What parents need to know
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
- the economy
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
Responsibility & Ethics
- fiscal responsibility
Engagement, Approach, Support
Game will entertain kids, but animations slow game play down a bit.
The computer takes over many of the basic functions such as counting spaces and adding and subtracting money.
Tutorial guides users through main features, but they may still find themselves confused while playing.
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.