What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: The World Edition for iPad is a pretty direct adaptation of the newest version of the classic Monopoly board game. The properties available to purchase here are all based on global cities, like Madrid or London. And the monetary amounts are based on current values, so they're all in the hundred thousands or millions. The game has a thorough tutorial mode to help you learn the ropes, but this still feels like a Monopoly aimed at older audiences. It has a great pass-and-play mode that allows families to huddle around one iPad to play.
Is it any good?
When it comes to a classic board game like Monopoly, there will always be people who automatically dislike any tinkering or updating, which MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: THE WORLD EDITION does in spades. If you're among those, don't bother with this globally-themed version that prices its properties in the millions of dollars. The app also offers players "sleight of hand" powers that allow them to legally cheat for a turn, like skipping the dice and choosing how many spaces you want to move. Of course, these elements can bring renewed interest to players who have long ago grown tired of the same old Monopoly. The fun and beautifully rendered animations also help to breathe new life into an old standard. And let's face it: Monopoly is much more fun when you're playing live opponents rather than computer AI (Artificial Intelligence). This is why you'll appreciate not only the ability to play friends on other devices via WiFi, but also the great pass-and-play mode which lets four people play on one iPad.