Developed by Parker Brothers and Hasbro, and published by Westwood Studios Monopoly is a board game converted to the PC platform. Running in Windows 3.1 or DOS the game maintains the basic gameplay of the physical version while adding interactive menus.
The game offers a handful of 3D animations running at 640x480 resolution in VGA mode. The Interface and menu system aims to make navigation easy while the game offers tips. Monopoly also makes use of an eighteen-song soundtrack filled with toggleable music.
Players can compete against up to six friends or AI opponents via hotseat, LAN, or Internet connection, and Monopoly also includes adjustable rules that let competitors alter the amount of money, property, and houses or hotels available at the beginning of each match.
If I was asked to name my favorite board game, I would not hesitate a minute and would reply Monopoly. After all, it is one of the most popular games ever made, so in a way, I would be very out-of-fashion if I had said something else. In fact, I have played so many times with Monopoly that nobody at home wants to play with me as they are all persuaded that I will win whatsoever happens. As a result of this, I had not played Monopoly for a while and quite frankly, I missed it.
Fortunately, Parker Brothers & Westwood Studios worked together for a computer game version. Once you have installed Monopoly and started a new game, what you will see first is the board with all the properties. As there are several localized versions of the game, you will find the same streets and railroads as in the board games you can buy abroad. The graphics faithfully follow the original artwork of the 1936 version such as the Chance and Community Chest cards, and even the tokens are the same. The 3D movie window located in the game board's center is the place where animations are shown. As always, you will recognize Westwood's expertise in 3D rendered animated scenes. Each property has its own cinematic sequence that changes with the terrain's status. When it is mortgaged, for example, you will see a padlock on the door, and if there are houses on it you will see the green houses stacked together. Railroads and utilities also have sequences of their own, and every time you are sent to jail or just visiting someone, there will also be a movie.
These cinematic sequences are really nice to watch but they drastically reduce the speed of the game. Even when you advance on the board, you will see your token moving towards its destination and this takes some time, even if it is only a matter of seconds. I tried playing alone against five computer opponents and you quickly get bored of waiting for your turn to play. To avoid this disagreement, you can turn off all the movies and make a selection of the animations you want to keep such as when you draw a Chance or Community Chest card, when you go to jail, etc.
With Monopoly, you can play with up to six players. I personally think it is not fun playing with more than one human player per computer, as you always have to come back to the PC when it is your turn or let one player do all the actions for the others. The best is, of course, to play against several computer opponents or even better, to play with other human adversaries over the Internet. You can even customize computer players so that one is different than the other. The rules of the game can also be changed like the popular "Free Parking collects fines" or "Landing on Go doubles salary". These rules will be changed if all human players agree to do so.
Trading is another important element in Monopoly that you will use very frequently. The way it has been implemented in this version is really intuitive, and you can even trade the famous card that lets you out of jail!
Last but not least, Monopoly's soundtrack features over 15 different MIDI tunes that go along very well with the game play.
This is an adaptation of the Monopoly board game for home consoles and computers, completely reproducing all aspects of gameplay. Player movements can be presented as 3D animations, but those can be optionally turned off for those who don't want to see animations. There can be up to 6 players at once, and it can be played over the Internet on those platforms which support such connections. Some versions have music in MIDI format, with WAV sound effects. Roll dice, spin around the board, and don't forget to have fun as you pass GO!
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