Friday, November 4, 2011

#Monopoly: Electronic Banking - Review and #Giveaway @FamilyGameNight (11/20)

Monopoly: Electronic Banking

Monopoly®: Electronic Banking Edition

  • 2-6 Players
  • Ages 8 and Up
  • Requires (2) AAA Batteries (not included)
  • MSRP $24.99
  • Available at Mass Merchandise Retail Locations Nationwide or Online
  • A Modern Twist on a Classic Favorite
Monopoly: Electronic Banking

I've recently received Monopoly: The Electronic Banking Edition® for review.  In this recent edition, you will find a lot of what makes Monopoly a perennial favorite, along with some updates, that make it more compatible with our modern economy.

When you set up the board, you will see the same properties, utilities, railroads, chance, community chest etc.  The first big difference is the new price tags.  Passing GO now scores you a cool 2 million.  The property values have grown exponentially as well.  The currency is no longer in dollars, but in Monopoly cash, signified by an M rather than a $.  The new player pieces are also more reflective of this century.  The thimble and iron have been replaced by a rollerblade and cellphone, along with other more modern items.

Remember the fights over who would be the banker?  That's solved, too.  Each player has a debit card.  When they have to pay or add money, they swipe their card and punch in the amount.  This is a little tricky when paying rent.  First the player who owes swipes his card, and the amount is deducted, then the player who is being paid swipes their cards, and the amount is added.

You'll also note a significant overhaul in the Chance and Community Chest cards.  No more beauty pageants, poor tax or Christmas clubs.  Now there are reality TV shows, disaster relief aid, lottery winnings, trust funds, and class action suits.

Game play follows the traditional rules.  When a player goes bankrupt the player with the most cash and property wins.
Monopoly: Electronic Banking

Included with each game:
  • The Game Board
  • A Pair of Dice
  • 6 Tokens
  • Title Deed Cards
  • Chance and Community Chest Cards
  • 6 Bank Cards
  • One Electronic Banking Unit (Requires 2 AAA Batteries)
  • 32 Houses
  • 12 Hotels
  • Instructions
Besides family fun, this game also shows kids that debit cards do not provide an endless supply of money.  That they can only be swiped so many times before the money runs out.  There is also an opportunity to discuss investing, unexpected bills, repairs, etc.

Family Game Night - Hasbro

Thanks to Hasbro® and Family Game Night, I am able to host a giveaway, too.  One of my lucky readers will win their own Monopoly: Electronic Banking Edition game.
[Giveaway Closed]

I was given a copy of this game in order to provide an informed, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post, and my opinions are genuine.