Monopoly for the Playstation 3 is an amazingly addicting video game. Even better than the original version of the popular board game, Monopoly for the PS3 was released in 2008 by Electronic Arts. The game is also available for the Wii, Xbox 360, and iPhone.
It doesn’t require any real video game skill, just a basic knowledge of how to use the controller and of the Monopoly game itself. This makes Monopoly for the PS3 an ideal game for players of various levels of gaming experience. All of the rules are the same as the board game, although you can change the basics, such a rewarding a higher payout to players who land on the Free Parking space. The graphics are bright and appealing, and the music provides perfect accompaniment. The Monopoly man, who serves as narrator and guide, helps players along by explaining and describing steps that can be taken at various points during the game. Up to four people can play the game at one time, but you can also compete against the computer. Setting the computer at Expert level will give you a true challenge!
There are several different stylized boards to choose from, including the Classic Board containing properties such as Boardwalk and Park Place. Once players earn enough stamps in their “passports” (simply by purchasing properties), new boards will automatically open. The boards carry through their respective themes brilliantly. Shadows of wild birds can be seen flying overhead on the Jungle Board, and hills of snow are visible in the distance on the Ice Board. My favorite board is the Cheese Board with such property names as Cheddar and Mozzarella. It looks like a wooden cutting board, perfect for slicing cheese. Even the playing pieces are unique. For example, the Sweets Board offers a Gingerbread Man as a choice, and the Future Board allows you to play as a space ship.
The best part of the game is that the computer does all of the math for you. When playing the standard board game, you might be tempted to pull out a calculator to figure out exactly how much money should be changing hands at any given time. In the video game, however, all of the money is automatically transferred from one player to another or to and from the bank.
The mini-games are fun too, all with concepts related in some way to the board game. Saw through jail-cell bars to “Get Out of Jail Free” or steer your truck loaded with money to “Advance to Go.” Players compete against each other in these quick-moving games, which can be unlocked during regular gameplay. There are twelve mini-games to choose from, and once you’ve tried one, you’ll want to master all the others as well.
Monopoly for the PS3 is an extremely well-produced video game. You could spend hours trying out different boards just to get enough passport stamps to open up new boards. It is recommended for both die-hard fans of the original board game and to newer players as well. You can find Monopoly for all platforms anywhere that video games are sold, including in online stores. The average cost for the Playstation 3 version is $25.99.
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