Thursday, September 20, 2012

Zynga Games Team Up with Hasbro


Hasbro and Zynga Games have teamed up to bring to life some of the most popular online games that you can find on facebook.    Everyone have probably heard of CityVille, Farmville and Words with Friends.    These games have now many players from all around the world.     I will admit that I myself tried the Farmville one but I found it a bit too time demanding to pursue the growth of my farm so I decided to remove it.  

So imagine my surprise when I heard that the three most popular Zynga games have come to life with the help of Hasbro and some of their popular games.   So let’s look at Zynga Cityville Monopoly Game, Zynga Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd, and Zynga Words with Friends Game.

6E8893975056900B106C49DC74EE4080Zynga Cityville Monopoly Game

It looks like the classic fast-dealing property trading MONOPOLY game, but this CITYVILLE MONOPOLY game has been reimagined like the addictive online CITYVILLE game! Buy properties, build houses, community spaces and businesses on them, and raise cash when it’s your turn. You’ll pay when you land on zoning permit spaces and get paid when you pass Go! The first player to build 4 skyscrapers wins. Become a tycoon while you build your dream city with the CITYVILLE MONOPOLY game!

Includes gameboard, 4 movers, 66 buildings, 16 skyscraper tops, city money, zoning permit cards, mystery gift cards, visitor center cards and 2 dice.

For 2 to 4 players.


My Thoughts

I must admit that I am somewhat overwhelmed by all the different MONOPOLY games out there – whether they are a real Monopoly, a Monopoly based on popular movies or one of these Monopoly wanna-be like the Canadian one or the Homeschool version, it is easy to realize that this game has made quite an impact on people everywhere.

Hasbro has recently released a new version of a beloved game based on a popular online game via facebook.  CityVille is similar to the regular Monopoly version but at the same time different.   How’s so?  Well first of all when you build your buildings you can build skyscrapers and you will purchase building like a flower shop,a bakery, an ice cream stand or a toy store.    Beware as you might land on a zoning permit fee or the visitor center.   You will still have the famous jail, the Go and the Parking on the board game.  You will also have the opportunity to give your friends mystery gifts like a tiered fountain to decorate their neighbourhoods.

The game is definitively different and will allow a new challenge as you play with your friends.  However, the game only has four movers compared to the original game which contains six I believe.   Also included in the box you will get 85 city cash billets for use in Zynga’s CityVille online game. 

If you are looking for a new way to entertain friends over this fall/winter seasons, check out the CityVille Monopoly.


6E89D6795056900B10C0DABDE59D75DAZynga Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd

Head to the fields to play the HUNGRY HUNGRY HERD game! It’s the new version of the classic HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS game, but it’s based on FARMVILLE. When the game begins, move fast to make


your hungry farm animals munch as many marbles as they can. If your animal chomps the most, you win!

Game includes farm base, 4 animals, 4 marble flippers, 20 marbles, label sheet and game guide. For 2 to 4 players.

My Thoughts

I find this game totally adorable and even more fun that the Hungry Hungry Hippos.      Okay I will admit that the game itself is noisy because of the yell of the kids when playing and the little balls going crazy on the main part.  But having animals from the farm eating the little balls is very creative and perfect for the little ones.    I particularly love the fact that they are different animals and not the same in different colors.   The game is easy to play and will entertain your little ones for a certain period of time.   We have the original version of this game with hippos eating the balls.   But if I had a choice between the original edition and the Herd one, I will definitively pick the farm animals one just because when your kids are at the age of playing with this game, they are also in the process of learning the animals on the farm.    The game also come with 50 farm cash billets to spend on your online farm if you have one.      I applause the originality of this version of a game that has been known for many years now.    I great way to revive the popularity of it by introducing a new environment and new animals.


2AF89E415056900B100053CF7571B4C5Zynga Words with Friends Game

Have the wordiest fun right at home with the new WORDS WITH FRIENDS game, based on the addictive online game! Take 7 tiles and create words vertically or horizontally that connect to previous words when it’s your turn. If you use all your tiles first, you get to add the points from your friends’ remaining tiles to your own score. Do you have the words to win? Find out when you play the classic WORDS WITH FRIENDS game!

Includes gameboard, 104 tiles, 4 tile racks and tile bag.

For 2 to 4 players.


My Thoughts

Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousands.  That’s own many people are playing the online version of Words with Friends.   I will admit I never played but I have decided to try it out today and felt somewhat overwhelmed.  Though I find it similar to Scrabble, I wonder how it works with friends.  I know many people who love to play the game while on facebook but I must say that I don’t spend as much time as these people on the social media even though I own a Social Media Certificate.  Go figure!

Needless to say,I think this game as potential for an homeschooling family.   My kids are too young to be on facebook yet but eventually they will join and I can see myself challenging their vocabulary with the Words with Friends online version.   In the meantime, I think we will use the Hasbro board game to discover how this game works.    As much as social media is nice to stay in touch I personally find that there is nothing better than a face-to-face meeting with your friends.   And after a good meal and get interactions together,why no pulling a popular game and challenge each other in a good battle of the words.  

To top if off, you can download a word check and a score pad for your iPod/iPhone/iPad or android device.

Finally, you also get a code to redeem the Words with Friends Ultimate Play Pack which would enhance you game online.


I am very impressed with the creativity of Hasbro in modifying older games into a newer and enhanced version based on popular online games.   The idea of teaming up with Zynga is ingenious and I suspect that this new partnership will be fruitful in the future.   I think bringing online game to life via board games is a great way to encourage families to spend time together.

These three games are available at your favourite toy store in your city.

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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