Monopoly Millionaires Review (Hasbro)
The latest version of the classic board game has been released and Monopoly Millionaires looks like being a best seller this year. But does it have staying power? We compare it with the classic version to find out if it makes the grade.
* A new take on the classic board game.
* New board with different properties.
* New rules: first to $1 million wins.
* Chances to upgrade to a higher salary.
* Millionaire Lifestyle features.
* Age 8+.
What’s Good About Monopoly Millionaire
The big difference between the classic Monopoly game and Monopoly Millionaire is that in Millionaire, the game ends when the first player makes $1 million. In the old version, the winner had to wipe out every other player by bankrupting them. So Monopoly Millionaire is a shorter game – and that’s great news for a lot of parents as well as younger kids who have trouble concentrating through a full-length classic game.
Another good thing about these rules is that players do not have to be so aggressive. Since you’re not out to bankrupt everybody else, it’s not as vindictive and nasty as the classic game can be. I know one family where fights over Monopoly games have resulted in kids almost killing each other and the game being banned in the house. That is much less likely to happen with Monopoly Millionaire.
There are a few other new aspects. ‘Millionaire Lifestyle’ cards have replaced the community cards and there are new Fortune cards that are placed on each property before the game starts.
Players can be upgraded to a higher salary as they progress through the game, and when you do that you get a new version of your mover piece to represent your higher status. That’s pretty cool. Players can collect different amounts each time they ‘pass Go’, depending on their status.
The properties are different, although the basic idea of buying and selling properties and building houses and hotels is still there. But you don’t have to have a banker any more: this could be a bonus for people who don’t like being banker and prefer to concentrate on their own game.
Monopoly Millionaire is an easier game than the classic version, depending more on luck. People who like the traditional version probably won’t like this but if you find that the same person in your family always wins, you may prefer this version. Younger players have more chance to win.
As you saw if you watched the video that I posted at the top of the page, some people like Monopoly Millionaire a lot. But …
What’s Not So Great
If you are used to the classic version you may be annoyed by some of the changes, e.g. having 8 spaces per side instead of 10, making the money more solid or having a maximum of 4 players.
Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the traditional Monopoly game.
I do like the idea of making games shorter by having a ‘first to $x wins’ rule, but you can agree to do that at the beginning of a game of the classic version without buying a whole new board game. In fact the latest version of the regular Monopoly game includes optional rules for a shorter game.
This would be a good gift choice for people who like board games and enjoy exploring new ones and Monopoly addicts who want to collect every version. If you’re a parent you’ll like it if you prefer your kids to play by more peaceful, less aggressive rules where players have more of an equal chance.
For older players, I don’t think it has much to offer over the classic Monopoly game (which is around half the price) and that’s why I’m only giving it 2½ stars. I know a lot of people like it – but this is my review 😉
Published November 2nd, 2012