Monopoly Review

Monopoly Review

Jan 27, 2011

Note: Game is currently not available from the Android Market, only through the EA Mobile Club, currently for $2.99.

Monopoly is one of the legends of board gaming – millions have played the game in the decades since its inception, and now the game is available on Android phones. In case you’re unaware of how the game actually plays, you and several other players roll dice and travel around the board, landing on various properties. When you land on a property, if it’s unowned, you can buy it, and if it’s owned by someone then you pay rent to them depending on what developments are on the property. You can develop properties if you own all of the properties in a specific color section. You can negotiate deals with other players to acquire their properties, so strategy gets involved in the deals you try to make with other people. Your goal is to be the last player standing by making people go bankrupt – and when a player bankrupts, the player who bankrupted them acquires all of their properties. There’s a lot of randomness based on the squares you land on, but strategy involved in how you manage your money and properties.

The game is well represented here, which is to say that it is Monopoly – the thrill of making shrewd deals with your opponents that improves your standing, the thrill of watching your opponent helplessly land on Park Place where you built 4 houses and now they have to pay exorbitant rent, and the thrill of just knocking out your opponents one by one. All of that is here, in a form that you can easily stick in your pocket and carry with you. There’s also the ability to play in a variety of environments; if you’ve wanted to play Monopoly on the deck of a spaceship, this is the closest you’ll get without going through the rigors of space travel and floating paper money all over the place.

One of the downsides to Monopoly on Android is that there’s no multiplayer besides single device hotseat multiplayer; no wireless multiplayer is present, neither online nor local. The AI also appears to be absolutely unwilling to negotiate deals with you; if you reject an offer from them, they have never submitted a counter-offer to me. Machines can be so stubborn. The interface feels like it could be more intuitive; the action buttons to roll, end turn, and initiate trades are very small and hard to press, and it’s apparently very easy to randomly just wind up looking around the board’s properties when you didn’t mean to. The game also has some visual quirks that look like the game wasn’t optimized for some phone resolutions.

There’s a reason Monopoly is a classic – it’s fun, addictive, and easy to pick up. This is a great preservation of the classic game’s experience here on your Android phone. If you’re a fan of Monopoly or of digital versions of board games, definitely check this out.

Monopoly Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Game is rendered entirely in 3D, sounds are minimal, some graphics are unoptimized for the Galaxy S' resolution.
Controls - Largely functional, but occasionally the interface can be convoluted and confusing.
Gameplay - It's the Monopoly you know and love with up to 3 other humans or computer opponents, with a fair selection of house rules. The transition to Android hasn't taken away any of its fun.
Replay Value - This is a great game to pull out and play for a couple minutes, or when you want to play something with friends on your phone.
Overall - The game is a classic, and while the port isn't perfect, this is still a fun game.
Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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  • tsuchan

    I’m stunningly underwhelmed. I paid for the app on Google Play app store, it downloaded and installed itself on my device (an incredible 275MB!) and then when I opened it, it said “Checking license” and then “You are not authorised to use this program” (or words to that effect). So of course I requested an immediate refund. If they think I’m going to pay for nothing, they can think again.

  • Esther Gate

    New MONOPOLY Beta! Version for developers. Full Beta. Push ->