A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
MONOPOLY brings the classic board game to life with this modern take. Kids can choose to play solo against up to three AI opponents, in person with friends, online with strangers/AI, or online with friends/AI. There are three game options: classic play, quick mode, and a custom mode with options that either shorten the game or add twists like requiring that all properties go to auction. Die-hard fans may appreciate the add-on token, board, and theme (combo token and board) packs that are available for in-app purchase.
Is it any good?
There's no need to tie up your dining room table for an epic real estate battle when you have this one installed. Monopoly brings all the fun of the classic game with a colorful board and some quick-play modes. There's sone interesting twists added like having all properties be auctioned so one player isn't guaranteed to collect every single space they land on. Unfortunately, you lose the tactile nature of moving your token around the board, and no one gets to lord their power as banker over the rest, but you also don't risk the cat eating one of your hotels. The app is handy for families on the go who spend lots of time in soccer fields, bleachers, or doctor's offices. The main drawback to this version is what feels like a lot of advertising for premium themes and their other apps. For a paid app, it's not ideal because you're constantly seeing promotions tossed at you during games or before you start a new match. And yet, it will be completely worthwhile for those who love the game, but can't convince anyone to go for another round.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about budgeting in the game. How can you decided when you should buy vs. when you should save your money?
What are your family rules for in-app purchases? Is there a reason to constantly charge for additional content, or should this be wrapped into the initial price of the app?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Self-Direction: set objectives
- Price: $3.99; In-app purchases
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 3, 2020
- Category: Board Games
- Size: 401.00 MB
- Publisher: Marmalade Game Studio
- Version: 1.1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: May 19, 2020
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