Growing up, my family’s very favorite game to play was Monopoly. It was a good fit for our family, who valued healthy competition, wheeling and dealing, and seeing something through to the end, even if it took hours! A short monopoly game in my house would last 2-3 hours, and I even recall a few marathon games that lasted more than a day to finish (with breaks for eating and sleeping but not too much else!).
If you have an iPad and are a Monopoly fan, then you are in for a real treat, because this board game has officially been zAPPed! There’s now a version of Monopoly that incorporates your iPad for a more interactive version of the game.
Tim and I played a round together last week, and I’ve been itching to play again ever since! One of the features I really love and that feels very updated for the modern world is that there are no dollar bills to mess with. Every player gets a bank card that gets used for transferring funds. That actually makes the game go a bit faster, and nobody is burdened with the task of being the banker.
There are also fun additions to the classic game. For example, there is a fun little game you can play to try to get yourself out of jail when you land there. And some of the chance games involve all players so that everyone has a crack at a potential reward.
My only complaint about the game is that the bank cards are not quite as sensitive as I think they should be. Sometimes you have to scan the card multiple times before it takes. I think that’s a small problem in the grand scheme and isn’t so annoying that I wouldn’t recommend the game. I’m actually thinking about buying a copy for my brother and his family this Christmas. I know he loves the game, and I think he’d really enjoy this version as well.
Monopoly zAPPed is $29.99 and is best suited for those 8 and up. It is available at mass merchandise retailers.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.