Monopoly Family Fun Pack

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a lot about personal finances, buying and renting, investments, taxes, community obligations, utilities, and more. Although the game is more for entertainment than education, the presentation of real-world financial tasks and payments teaches players some of the basic responsibilities that people are faced with on a regular basis, including saving for emergencies. The addition of extra game modes adds a lot of replayability, and moving through the virtual game world is as engaging as moving around a classic game board. Monopoly Family Fun Pack brings dozens of hours of classic fun to the digital tabletop.

 

Positive Messages

Encourages strategy, negotiation, and entrepreneurship. Focuses on capitalism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't play as a specific character, so there are no role models.

Ease of Play

Easy to pick up, with lots of handy tutorials for additional game modes. Younger kids might have trouble buying and renting properties, but parents and siblings can help.

Consumerism

Based on the classic board game Monopoly.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monopoly Family Fun Pack is based on the classic Monopoly board game and has three additional modes. If you've played the board game, you know the rules. The game encourages players to think critically, especially when it comes to bartering and negotiating with players for property. There's no inappropriate content within the game itself, but online multiplayer mode is unmoderated, so it's possible to hear inappropriate comments from other players.

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What's it about?

This isn't the first time the iconic board game of Monopoly has been digitized -- for TV, smartphones, tablets, or computers -- but the disc or download of MONOPOLY FAMILY FUN PACK not only includes a version of the original game (with animation and sound), but it also "bundles" new twists on the old favorite. This includes a new "speed die" mode to accelerate gameplay, customizable rules, personalized game boards and property spaces, and bonus games like Monopoly Deal, a digital card game that lets players compete against their friends around the world by playing "Forced Deal," "Deal Breaker," and "Debt Collector" cards (the first gamer to gather three complete property sets of different colors is the winner).

Is it any good?

Ubisoft has done a great job bringing the board game experience to a big-screen television (most versions of Monopoly are for mobile or computers). The core gameplay remains the same as the original, but you can adjust the house rules easily, download new backgrounds, and enjoy the slick presentation. Also, not having to roll real dice, which fly off the board, or count money can speed up the game (though parents might want their kids counting money as a financial lesson). The gameplay might not appeal to everyone -- for example, some might prefer a more visceral action game, and younger kids might not understand what being a real estate mogul entails -- but it will appeal to fans of the classic board game.

The extra content includes bonus game modes like Monopoply Deal, which is based on Hasbro's popular card game of the same name. You can log onto an online community and challenge friends or strangers to a card duel, which is always fun for those who want to play without getting invested in a multiple-hour-long game. Monopoly Family Fun Pack is great for a lazy Sunday afternoon and something Mom and Dad can get in on, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that monopolies play in the economy. In the real world, are they harmful? What other types of economic models exist besides capitalism?

  • How much can you learn from the game about investment, civil and community responsibilities, and property management? Is Monopoly more fun to play as a board game or a video game?

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Game details

For kids who love board games

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