Do not pass go, go directly to jail! The grand-daddy of all board games is now available for the Nintendo. The official rules are incorporated into the program as are all the properties, cards, and even the dice. As you move, the screen zooms into a closeup of the street and your piece. With an option for multiplayer action, Monopoly for the NES offers simultaneous fun for the entire family without the record keeping problems.
There's not a lot to rate here, either you like the board game Monopoly or you don't. There are some nice visuals with movement on the board that spice up the appearance of the game, but for a few minor enhancements and loads of options, it's Monopoly - and I like that!
Nintendo games suitable for the entire family are few and far between. All the rules are built in and the character animations are well done. I still like the board game better as I can 'feel' my cash and inspect my properties any time. Can't cheat or lose any pieces on the NES!
It's Monopoly done on the NES. Big deal. It's a cool idea, but the game play is too awkward and playing with multiple players isn't as much fun as the good old board game. If you like Monopoly to play with then get it, if not then pass go without it and get the board for $10.
Some games just don't belong on the Nintendo, but at least they didn't make Monopoly for the Genesis or something, I suppose if you're too lazy to pull out the original board game, this cart is just for you. Nothing impressive here, so don't expect much.
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Uncle Pennybags was so successful with his NES version of Monopoly that he's decided to make a 16-bit investment -- Super Nintendo and Genesis style! Here's a look at the Parker Brother's version.
Go To Jail
Up to seven other human or computer opponents can join you on a stroll down Park Place or a ride on the Reading Railroad. Each of the eight computer opponents has a unique style of play. Unless you're a hermit, you know that the goal of Monopoly is to make the big bucks and drive your opponents into bankruptcy. To do this, you advance around the game board buying, selling, trading, and developing different properties.
The game is played by the traditional rules of Monopoly (see the manual) with a few tournament rules thrown in to make the game more challenging.
- You can cheat by using either controller to make a move for the human opponents. For example, make a high bid in the auction on behalf of your opponent and they may get stuck paying a premium for a property they don't even want.
- You can't customize the game or the rules. For example, you can't make landing on Free Parking net you all the money in the kitty found in the board's middle.
- Take advantage of Auctions. You can often purchase property cheaply if other players are short of cash. Even if your funds are low, bid the limit to push the price of auctioned properties as high as possible. After all, you don't want your opponents picking up Boardwalk for $50.
Take a Chance
Advanced entrepreneurs can wheel and deal their way through one of twelve different two- to four-player scenarios. For example, in Money Isn't Everything, each player begins the game with only $300! Use the Game Editor to return to an unfinished game, or design your own game scenario. You can even set time limits on a game and dole out properties in advance. And of course, the computer's motto is, "Leave the banking to us!"
Parker Brothers has added some charming graphic touches, such as a beautifully detailed board, animated playing pieces, and great-looking Community Chest Chance, and Property cards. Authentic game play ensures that any Monopoly fan will get a kick out of taking a walk on this video Boardwalk.
The object: to become the wealthiest real estate tycoon on the board. No, it's not the Donald Trump game. It's Monopoly for the SNES. Players can compete with friends or against as many as eight computer opponents. All playing pieces come to life with exquisite video animation. Better still, pass "GO" and you'll be showered with money, literally. Best of all, you don't have to worry about the politics of banking and real estate 'cause the computer takes care of that for you. Crack open those bank accounts. It's time to create a monopoly.
All of the features that made Monopoly a world-renowned, classic board game are packed into this game. Just in case you've been living in a cave for the last 50 years, the object of Monopoly is to make a lot of money and drive your opponents into bankruptcy court. You do this by buying, selling, and trading property, developing it by building houses and hotels, and then charging outrageous rents that your opponents can't afford. The NES version follows standard Monopoly rules (contained in a humongous manual) with a few special tournament rules thrown in for added challenge.
Monopoly regulars will recognize the board, the playing pieces, and, of course, rich Uncle Pennybags, who appears beautifully animated on Chance and Community Chest cards as well as in Jail!
ProTip: Take advantage of Auctions. You can often purchase property cheaply if other players are short of cash. Even if your funds are low, bid the limit to push the price of auctioned properties as high as possible - after all you don't want your opponents picking up Boardwalk for $50!
Ride the Reading Railroad
So why play this video version instead of the board game? Well, for starters how about animated playing pieces that hop (the Hat), walk (the Dog), and zoom (the Car) around the playing board? You also get eight different computer competitors.
The computer players play pretty much the same. Human players are a lot more fun and unpredictable!
NES Monopoly also features some slick enhancements. A special Wheel and Deal mode enables advanced entrepreneurs to step right into the middle of one of eight different advanced four-player game scenarios. Use the Game Editor to return to an unfinished game or design your own game scenario. You can even set time limits on a game and dole out property in advance. Of course, the computer manages all the banking, leaving your brain free to ponder ways to put your opponents out of business.
You can't customize the game or the rules. For example, you can't make landing on Free Parking net you all the money in the bank.
Take a Walk on Boardwalk
Great graphics and authentic game-play make this an excellent game, but the real thing has perks that can't be reproduced. Monopoly purists will miss the feel of a crisp role of bills in the palm of their hand and the sight of those gorgeous red hotels piling up on Park Place.
If you're into video board games by all means take a walk on the video Boardwalk. But just remember... one bad roll can still mean "go directly to Jail, do not pass Go, and do not collect $200!"
America's favorite board game, Monopoly, has at long last come to the NES. Now's your chance to wheel and deal for the big bucks against the computer or with up to seven friends. All playing pieces and the Chance and Community Chest cards are animated so don't be surprised when you're literally showered with money as you pass Go or when the coppers drag you to Jail! Digitized voice enhancement and sound effects give game-play an added touch of realism, and the computer even takes care of all the banking. A great round of Monopoly's never been so easy, yet so much fun!
It was only a matter of time before Monopoly found its way into the 32-bit arena. It has made a showing on almost every system prior to its PSX release, so you did not have to be a member of the Psychic Friends network to see it coming.
So what do 32 bits add to Monopoly? You get animated tokens, movies for properties, real-time board rotation, and it is Multi Tap compatible so you can play up to 8 players (why you would want to is beside me). Other than that, it is the same old game you remember since 1935.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
If you have never played Monopoly before, stop reading because I am not going to explain the game in this review. I assume that just about everyone has seen, played or heard of it before. If you do not know how to play, I guarantee you know somebody that does. Go ask them how to play and then come back to the review.
The absolute best part of this game was that it was not a board game. That means there is no mess to clean up after you finish. Just turn off the PlayStation and everything is clean. It was always an issue around my house about who was going to clean up the game after playing 4 hours of Monopoly. Hey dad, I will pick up after every PSX game we play.
Another good thing about this game is that you can customize the rules to your liking. You want Free Parking to collect all of the fines that have been paid? If you land on "GO" do you want to double the money? Do you want to make everyone go around the board once before buying property? These are only a few of the options available that you can toggle either on or off. If there is an option that you feel is not available to you, then it must not be an official rule of the game.
Finally, the last thing that I really liked about the game is that the computer was the banker. This means that there are no questions about how much money you will need to pay or you should receive. Everything is done for you automatically. Plus, you have your total amount of money on the screen so you will know how much money you actually have instead of just having a stack of fake money in front of you. Plus, you know you can actually get up and use the restroom without worrying about your little sister stealing from the bank when you are gone.
Now for the bad. There was one thing that really bothered me about this version. It was a real pain to figure out who owned what property. The game is basically broken up into two distinctive sections. One section is the game board and the other is the trading screens. Well, if you want to see who owns which property, you have to remember to leave the board screen and look at the trading screen to see what is ahead of you. Since you do not know where you will land, you have to remember who owns the next 12 spaces to decide if you want to purchase the property or not. It would have been so easy to fix this. All that was really required was a small symbol on the property on the board that signified who owned it. That way, you would not have even had to leave the board screen and everything that you needed would be right there. This would have helped speed the games tremendously.
The second thing that bothered me was when you landed on a property. If the property was not owned, you have the option of purchasing it. The only thing is you can't see how much money you have in your account! You can see how much the property sells for but unless you looked at your account total before you rolled, you will not know how much cash you have. Another easy thing to fix but I guess it was an oversight.
Finally, the last thing that stood out was the computer AI. You have up to 10 different computer controlled opponents to play against. Each of the opponents are ranked in order of intelligence level and caution level. I picked a player that was middle of the road in intelligence and caution. The problem was that he wanted to trade on every turn. He actually would try and buy your property every time he got the chance. That was fine the first few times he tried to buy it, but it got really old after he kept doing it the entire game. The other thing was that there was no method to his madness. For example, he would try and buy a piece of property for $151 only to be rejected. His next turn he would offer $136 for the same property. What?!?! I don't know what kind of logic he was using, but it was anything but intelligent.
This is Monopoly. What do you want? The graphics are acceptable. The board will rotate to face the player that is currently rolling and your token animates the walking off of the dice roll. Each property has a 2-5 second movie that shows pretty much nothing. This was thankfully an option you can turn off. I whole heartedly recommend doing so. The game speeds up drastically without the worthless little movies. Other than that, the graphics are pretty standard fare.
If you like Monopoly but not the mess of a board game, then you should be adequately satisfied with this title. The game has enough options to allow you to play the way you always played at home. I think with a little improvement this could have been a better game that was a bit easier to play. It was really frustrating having to go to a totally different screen just to see who owns what property. On the whole, once you learn to work around the shortcomings, you will get a few nights of family enjoyment out of the game.