Earlier this year we
reviewed Monopoly HD on the iPad but EA have recently released a new edition
to the game called Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition which
includes a variety of the world's most coveted real-estate
properties from around the world. As opposed to the
iPhone/iPod version of this game, Monopoly Here & Now: the World
Edition it looks so much better on the
iPad and iPad 2 compared to the smaller Apple smart devices. The other most noticeable difference is
that multiplayer is so much more enjoyable as you can lay the iPad down flat
on a table and it's like playing the original board game, minus all
the peripherals. So no lost dice or Monopoly Avatars.
In essence, the game
is identical to the original board game (including the last 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) and your
various Monopoly avatars which are also different such as a windmill
or statue from Easter Island. 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 monopoly
money 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. If you are still a little unsure as to
what Monopoly here, there is a Teacher Mode that is a
glorified tutorial mode and is actually quite in-depth. You can even
customise the "House" rules in the game to further tweak the
gameplay such as giving better bonuses or even taking them away.
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: Here and Now the World Edition 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. If you don't own Monopoly on your iPad
yet than this is the one to get!