Jun 28, 2015
We love Chromecast.
There really isn’t a reason to be bashful. Still, we’d be lying if we didn’t wish for more Chromecast-based games. there are a few, but Google Play can definitely use more.
Enter MONOPOLY Dash… the merge of the iconic game and Google’s streaming gadget.
Now, it deviates quite a bit from traditional Monopoly. The board retains the general form, with the same color-coded properties plus railroads and utilities along with luck cards and tax spots, jail, etc. all in their proper places. After that, we get a different playing mechanism. In this one, getting properties of the same color is still key, but there is less of an emphasis on property names, as there is almost no need. When playing as a single player against the game AI, the property cards are randomly dealt evenly to the 4 players, and the turns go in clockwise manner, and the general idea is to guess what the other players have so as to appropriate those cards, so that one get get all the cards in a color group.
To explain further, after the cards are dealt, one might find that they possess two light blue properties (for the Monopoly aficionados, that could correspond to any two of Oriental, Vermont and Connecticut Avenues). The idea would be to get the missing light blue card as quickly as possible to complete the set. To do this, one selects another of the players and guesses which one has it. If the guess is wrong, the next player goes; if the guess is correct the player would, in this case, complete the set, and earn one-time cash payments for the hotels that are automatically built on the owned properties.
From this, the entire game concept sprouts; there is some strategizing to be done: watching guesses to glean who has what cards, mentally chronicling the amount of cards left so as to maximize guessing probability, and so on. It isn’t monopoly, but has enough of it in its DNA to make it familiar. Jail and chance cards make an appearance. When all the sets have been matched, the player with the highest dollar value in total wins, which points to the underlying theme which is the same for “real” Monopoly: sometimes, going for the highest value properties makes the most sense.
As a Chromecast dependent game, the streaming aspect is probably the most favorable. Multiplayer via TV is a nice feature, and the bright coloration translates well. One the one hand, I think a non-Chromecast option would be nice, but it is hard to complain about about dongle-based options.