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Thursday, June 5, 2008
 
iPod Monopoly Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

iLounge has released a review of Monopoly, now available for owners of iPod multimedia devices. The game features the classic play of the original board game along with new additions like adjustable difficulty levels and customizable rules. iLounge gave the game a grade of B+.

From the review:

By the standards of EA’s previous board game translations for the iPod, Monopoly is not only fun, but legitimately replayable and educational. Though the company hasn’t included some of the streamlined or expanded variants on Monopoly popularized in recent years, it does give the player an initial choice to use the Atlantic City (U.S.) version or London (U.K.) version of the board and currency, with Park Place replaced by Park Lane, Illinois Avenue by Trafalgar Square, and so on. For mostly historic reasons, the U.S. version teaches less about geography than it does the general benefits and consequences of real estate investment; the U.K. version is bettered by more famous locales.

Either city map is presented from two perspectives, simultaneously. For visual interest, you’re provided with a close-up forced isometric 3-D view of the current player’s location on the board, which is often framed by a zoomed-out view of the full 11-block grid. You can use a management screen to highlight any of the properties on the board, view its “deed” with development and mortgage expenses, as well as its current “for sale” status. There aren’t any fancy visual effects, but this dual view lets you understand where you are and what’s available at all times, should you want to focus on that; alternatively, you can just keep rolling the dice to move around and enjoy the animation in the forced 3-D part of the frame.
The full review is available at the link provided below.

iLounge: iPod Monopoly Review


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