Thursday, July 19, 2012

Monopoly Zapped

C8B98E275056900B1005F98D63963932Monopoly Zapped
From Hasbro Canada

About the Game

Take an app-enhanced trip through the whirlwind world of property trading with MONOPOLY ZappED! Get the app free from the APP STORE and play your IPAD and gameboard together. (IPAD required, not included.) Use the app to buy and auction property, and transfer MONOPOLY dollars to your iPad with touch-banking cards. Are you raking in the cash? Own the most assets when a player goes bankrupt, and you win! Experience MONOPOLY mayhem with this IPAD edition! Requires IPAD, not included.

For 2 to 4 players.

Game Board comes with Rubber Pads, 6 tokens, 28 Property cards, 32 green houses, 12 red hotels, 2 dice, 4 MONOPOLY Touch-banking cards and instructions.

Download the free app –Adult Assistance Required.

Our Thoughts

For as long as I can remember the Monopoly game has been part of my life…   When I was younger, the game we had at home included wooden hotels and houses.    This game is long gone but Monopoly is an icon in many families still today.    We have numerous Monopoly games in our home – one based on Star Wars, one based on Marvel Comics, Junior Monopoly as well as one for the Wii.   We also have a version based on homeschool and the apps for the iPhone/iPad.    But earlier this year, I had the opportunity to review the Game of Life Zapped Edition and I C8B9859B5056900B10BD7A195610BD6BIMG_4960knew that it was a matter of months before the Monopoly Zapped Edition would be on the market.   So when I realized that it was available on the Hasbro website, I asked if I could review it.   They agreed and within a week or so I had received my copy of Monopoly Zapped. 

The app that you need for this game is free but  you definitively need an iPad or iPhone to play the game as it interacts with you through the game.

The game has been somewhat modified to allow you to manage your money via a bank card, deal with millions of dollars when purchasing as well as paying your opponents.   The app will interact with you when you land one a Chance, Community Chest, or Get Out of Prison.  You will have to present you bank card to add/deduct the money as well.  There are more features in this app to help you have a different experience with Monopoly.  

We gave the game to my oldest son for his birthday.    He was looking forward to try it out…  Unfortunately, we were in the midst of packing as we will be moving sometime later this summer and he had to wait a bit.   But just before I left for a week in Calgary in early July, we decided to make a Family Game Night and took the Monopoly Zapped out of the box. 

We had a blast discovering this new edition of a legendary game.   Only four players could play around the board so the adults teamed up with the younger kids.    I think it would make the game more fun if more people could play it. 



Throughout the game, you will encounter challenges to see who will have to pay the penalty.  Fun interactive games are included for you to pick an opponent and battle to see who will win.    Real dice are included in this game and it is somewhat disappointing that this functionality has not been included in the app.   It would have been fun to have a complete virtual game with the board I think.   The fact that the dice are not part of the app, makes it hard for the device to know exactly where you are located on the board.   You also have houses and hotels that are transparent making me think of a more 21st century style of building – all glass surrounding it.    Though this version of Monopoly is partly virtual with the help of the app, you still need to track your moves, pay your opponents, and manage your own money via the bank card. 

The game is definitively different than the regular Monopoly and will bring some fun interactions at the same time.   My daughter ended up in prison at some point  and in the possibilities in how to get out of jail, she could try to jump over the fence and get in the car.    With a flick of her little fingers, she was able to send Mr. Monopoly above the fence and he left the jail with a cloud of dust behind the car.   We had a good laugh when we saw what happened.   It is a great game to bring along while you go camping or to the cottage.    I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have a normal edition of Monopoly but is interested in the game.     

The new Monopoly Zapped can be purchased at your favourite toy store.


Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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