PlayStation

Monopoly Quick Review

Monopoly Title ScreenThe PlayStation minis version of Monopoly represents great value compared to others available. It can be played at home or on the go with up to four players through hot seat multiplayer mode. The game offers eight themed boards to unlock and play on and the ability to save your progress mid-game.

This version of Monopoly is fundamentally sound, but a slow pace and some odd performance issues detract from the fun. You begin by selecting a number of computer or human opponents to play with. You are then given the chance to customize house rules like starting cash and turns in jail before beginning play. Read Moreā€¦

Once the game begins, you can roll the dice, access the trading menu or view a property list to mortgage properties or improve them by building houses and hotels. Control is intuitive and should be easy to use for just about anybody.

The 3D Graphics Look Acceptable on a TVAfter rolling the dice your selected token will begin to move around the board. This process is needlessly slow and cannot be sped up during human or computer controlled turns.

The act of rolling the dice itself is also cumbersome because of floaty physics and odd collision detection. Sometimes the dice will get stuck on the edge of the play area and take 20 or 30 seconds to settle.

The 3D graphics are acceptable when the game is played on a TV and the PlayStation minis version of Monopoly is comparable to the 2008 Wii version in appearance. Distinctly themed boards include one made out of cardboard, a jungle themed board, as well as a futuristic one.

Each board also has its own music, though the songs loop very quickly and become tiresome during games that can last anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours.

There is only one mode of play and there are no player or profile customization options, however Monopoly represents excellent value at $4.99, considering a physical version will cost at least $20 and other console versions cost around $30.

Positives:

+ Four Player Hot Seat Multiplayer
+ Can be Played at Home or Portably
+ Budget-Friendly Pricing, Great Value for Families


Negatives:

- No Customization Options
- Slow Pace of Play
- Needless Performance Issues


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Game Forward Score: 3/5

Brian J. Papineau > Game Forward

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Monopoly (PlayStation Network minis) Quick Facts:


Genre: Board Game
Developer: Pipeworks Software
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: April 15, 2010
Price: $4.99
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)