Fortune Street

Common Sense Media says

No frills Monopoly-like game is more complex than it is fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While this game is presented as a board game and thus should be treated with a spirit of good, fun competition, when players compete against computer opponents, there is a fair amount of trash-talking that occurs. Computer characters will gloat when something in the game goes their way, talk down to players when they're in the lead, and make egotistical comments about themselves. These comments appear every time a computer player rolls the die, which means that this bad sportsmanship becomes a large and unavoidable part of the game. Also, to win in this game, players need to buy, buy, buy. Players build shops in vacant spaces on the board and then collect money every time another player lands on one of those shops. There is no particular product or trademark that is promoted in the game, but there is a message of spending as much money as possible.

Positive role models

Although Mario and his jovial cast of characters appear in this game, the unsportsmanlike comments they make in between turns is uncharacteristic of most of them. None of the comments is especially harsh, but they are occasionally biting and go against what should be a good-natured competitive spirit.

Ease of play

This is a complex strategy game that will only appeal to a very niche group of players. The basic concept is the same as the classic board game Monopoly -- players buy unowned properties ("shops") and then collect 'rent' every time another player lands on one of their shops. In addition, if players own additional shops in the same color group, their shop value increases, in similar fashion to players collecting all the same-colored properties in Monopoly. However, this game goes much deeper, allowing players to buy 'stock' in each of the color groups, collect dividends on rent even when the rent is paid to someone else, steal shops from other players, invest money into individual shops to manipulate the stock price, and devise strategies on how to navigate the winding, twisting board. This results in an incredibly nuanced game with a very steep learning curve. All of that being said, there is also an "Easy" version of the game that nixes the stock mechanic and makes it slightly more accessible to players, though this version has its own unique set of nuances and strategies.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

Computer opponents sometimes talk down to players and use "trash talk" during the game, though there is no specific comment that is especially harsh or obscene.

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

Minor safety concerns. It is possible to play this game online with other players, but this interaction is limited to drop down menus of prepared chat to prevent players from being exposed to unfiltered chat or other inappropriate content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fortune Street is like a deeper, more complex version of Monopoly. In addition to collecting properties ("shops") and investing money to make the rent at each shop more expensive, players can buy and sell stock attributed to groups of properties, allowing them to also collect money when someone else is paid, or when someone else invests money into a shop. There are numerous strategies for players to develop. When playing against computer opponents, players are presented with an onslaught of comments that are usually arrogant or mean-spirited in nature, though not overtly harsh or obscene. Because of the complexity of the gameplay, this game skews older into the teen range.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The easiest way to describe FORTUNE STREET is to say it is like the classic board game Monopoly, just lots more complicated. Players roll a die to move around a board and purchase unowned shops. If players land on a shop that is already owned by someone else, they must pay the shop owner. The winner is the first player to reach a pre-determined monetary goal. There are numerous layers of strategy that include buying and selling stock within each group ("district") of shops, stealing other players' shops by forcing a buyout, and correctly navigating around game boards that have winding paths and non-linear progression. The game includes characters and themes from both the Mario franchise as well as the RPG series Dragon Quest.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fortune Street will appeal to an extremely select group of players. Its nuanced strategy requires brain-bending critical thinking and the ability to adapt to constantly changing circumstances. The game is captivating from a cerebral level only. The graphics seem outdated; and there is no other content to keep players entertained. There is one space on the board that lets players compete in a mini-game, but there are only four mini-games to cycle through. This is definitely a no-frills game. For those who appreciate the deep and complex gameplay style, it can be a fun and entertaining experience. For anyone else, which is probably a much larger audience, the game's hours-long, turn-based, complicated presentation will be off-putting and not worth their time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this game's emphasis on cunning and strategy. What are the best strategies to win in this game?

  • This game lets you steal other players' shops. Do you think this is fair?

  • What would happen if you tried to manipulate stock prices in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:December 5, 2011
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byApplepeach December 22, 2011
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Didn't like this game.

It wasn't inappropriate, it was just really boring. If you like monopoly then you will probably like this.
Kid, 10 years old December 27, 2011
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Monopoly lover loves Fortune Street

My 10 year old got this for Christmas. He's a monopoly nut, so he really likes it. I actually found it a little boring myself, but he was still engaged after playing with me against the computer for more than 2 hours. Only concern was the trash talking. We don't allow that in our family and my son has enough trouble refraining from trash talk without it being promoted by a game. We ended up muting it after awhile, which made the whole experience a lot more fun.
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