I've recently reviewed
Monopoly Here and now World Edition on
the iPhone 4 and it was a thoroughly enjoyable board game
experience. With crystal sharp graphics thanks to the Retina
display, the only issue with this release was that it was a little
Thankfully EA have
released a HD version of the game for the iPad that boasts 9.7
inches of gaming goodness. The other most noticeable difference is
multiplayer that is more enjoyable as you can lay the iPad down flat
on a table and it's like playing the original board game, minus all
In essence, the game
is identical to the original board game, however this version is
based on locations from around the world as opposed to select
countries like the UK or Australia. The premise is identical, you
pick the numbers of players (AI players are available also), your
Monopoly thimble avatar (e.g. ship or dog) and then start playing.
The idea is to
purchase as many properties as possible on the board and then
populate them with houses or hotels. If a player lands on your
property, they then need to pay you rent and basically, the person
who manages to become the biggest mogul... wins!
If you have no
money, you can mortgage your house or sell it off to make money but
generally this happens when you're on a losing streak.
There are other bonuses on the board as well such as being awarded
$200 monopoly dollars when you pass go or taking a risk with chance,
it's all classic monopoly fun.
The game makes good use of the touch
screen, especially when you throw your dice as you move your finger
over them and then rub the screen to shake. It's that easy. I must
admit that the touch screen works perfectly with Monopoly and
everything feels just right.
game looks far superior on the iPad thanks to the detailed graphics.
There is also some basic animations in the game such as your
Monopoly avatars moving from point A to B and this animation may be
the dog running or a ship moving through the water.
With sharp images, extremely clear text, Monopoly is a very
good looking title on the iPad. Match that with some board game type
sound effects and a Jazz like soundtrack and everything is bridged
perfectly from the board game to the virtual world. The only issue with Monopoly is the soundtrack
that does become repetitive unfortunately.
Monopoly for iPad is great with friends and even solo
if you want to be captivated by one of the world's classic board
games. I'm quite impressed at how well the developers have
transferred this premise to the iPad because it's just as good as
playing the real game... probably better because you don't have to
setup or clean up afterwards.