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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While one could argue that Monopoly rewards greed, it's obviously just a game. And the true lessons behind it are ones about strategy and money management.
Positive Role Models
The host, Mr. Monopoly, is a thorough explain-er of the rules. And while he jokes with players and jabs at them a bit verbally, he's also sympathetic -- even saying "sorry" when someone loses.
Ease of Play
The rules of Monopoly can be a bit complicated for young kids to remember, but they're all clearly explained, step-by-step, in this version. Plus, you can alter and modify the rules in so many different ways here, that if you don't like a certain rule, you probably don't have to follow it.
Products & Purchases
This is a video game version of the popular classic board game by Hasbro. The Hasbro logo appears prominently in the game and on its packaging. Ads for other Hasbro-based video games appear within the packaging as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monopoly Streets is a new 3-D video game version of the classic board game. There is nothing more problematic or objectionable here than there would be in the original board game, with the possible exception of short-shorts on one female avatar. Be aware, though, that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions offer live voice chat with their online play. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online communication features.
Is It Any Good?
If you're a fan of the board game, you will love Monopoly Streets. The three-dimensional graphics are a hoot (watching an avatar hop around in the giant shoe, say, or seeing one surf along on the iron); and Mr. Monopoly makes for a very charming and likable host. The many, many ways in which you can customize your game mean that pretty much anyone (even those people who've always hated Monopoly because it's too long) can find a way to play that's appealing to them. One highlight is the property auctions, during which all four players frantically raise and lower their bids until time is called and the highest bidder gets the deed. There's an entire strategy to those auctions alone, in which you may not actually want to spend your money on a property, but force your opponents to overspend instead. Monopoly, as a board game, always flirts with becoming dull or repetitive, but in this video game format, it feels fresh and exciting.
Online interaction: Online play is available on all three consoles. With PS3 or Xbox 360, unmoderated voice chat can be a part of that online experience, so that kids could hear things they shouldn't. Parents don't have to allow this option and can disable it by using parental controls on their consoles.
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