What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monopoly Millionaires is a Facebook game that is inspired by the popular Hasbro board game, but whose rules and gameplay are fundamentally different. Players can advance faster by purchasing the game's premium currency and by having a lot of Facebook friends. While this game would appeal to kids as young as 8 or 9, we can't recommend it to anyone that young since you must be 13 to play Facebook games.
What's it about?
Electronic Arts' MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES reinvents the popular board game from the ground up as a social game for Facebook. Instead of each player taking turns rolling a dice and moving around a single board, each player has his or her own board upon which to build houses, hotels, and other decorations. Friends can visit each other's boards to collect property cards and bonuses. Players make money from these visits as long as the power is on, which involves returning to the game regularly to top up the electricity meter.
Is it any good?
Monopoly Millionaires is more of a Monopoly-inspired experience rather than a direct recreation of the beloved board game, but it keeps the original game's capitalist spirit. The goal is simply to collect as much money as possible by having friends visit, but players can complete quests (like "buy a magenta property") too, which give the game additional direction. Money can be spent on a variety of buildings and decorations to customize one's board. Players only get a limited number of rolls per day, and certain items can only be purchased with Monopoly Gold, the game's premium currency, so there is definitely a temptation to spend real-world cash to advance more quickly.
Online interaction: Friends are an important part of the game and are needed to complete quests, construct certain buildings, and earn money. Friends visit each other's boards to collect property cards (which unlock better buildings) and other bonuses. Players collect rent if friends visit their board, as long as the utility bill has been paid.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the differences between the Facebook version of Monopoly and the board game. Which features do they like best about each?
Families can also talk about real estate and how the buying, selling, and renting of property works. What factors affect the property value of a house? Why are houses more expensive in some neighborhoods than others?
Why do you think this popular family board game was brought to a platform that is exclusively for teens and adults? Why are more and more Facebook games being produced?