MONOPOLY Dash for Chromecast Review

MONOPOLY Dash for Chromecast Review

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.

Talisman Review

Talisman Review

Sep 29, 2014

Games Workshop games are quite often a treat, even though they seem to outsorce the licenses to some entirely random developers, and always price them a couple of dollars more than they really cost, just because of those licenses. Talisman is a staple GW game, and it’s pretty fun, even though it requires some time to get acquainted with all the numbers that it throws at the player from the very start.

At its core, Talisman is a turn-based tabletop adventure, sprinkled with RPG elements here and there. It’s a mix between Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders, with a bit of Talisman 2DnD on top for good measure. The players need to go through three looped “layers” of the game, reach the tower and defeat whatever lurks inside, to beat the game. Of course, the closer to finish, the more challenging the game becomes. Add to it the fact that players can spoil each others’ progress, up to and including direct confrontations, and you get a pretty competitive place. A lot of its elements are decided by dice throwing, but just like in Monopoly, the game is not about random numbers generator, but how you can use it to your advantage. There can be up to four player characters, and the game can be played with humans just as well as with AI.

There’s lots of mechanics, but basically, the players need to draw cards almost every turn. These cards can be positive, giving the character a companion, an item, or boosting one of his stats; or they can be enemies that the player needs to defeat. There are five stats that each player has: strength, that is his basic attack power; Craft that is spiritual power, being used against special enemies, as well as allowing spellery (spells are separate cards that can even be used on the opponent’s turn); Lives that are basically character’s health – they lose one when defeated, and can be restored or added to, in various instances; Fate that allows the player to re-roll their dice; and Gold that can be traded for some useful boosts or items. Each character has different starting stats and abilities, and playing for and against different characters gives Talisman a lot of replayability.

In general, I think the game is fun. It has a great combination of randomness that makes you eager to see what adventure you will get on your next turn, and skill that lets you plan and foresee your next steps, based on the current situation. If you’re a fan of tabletop adventures, then it’s an easy pick, but Talisman can be somewhat overwhelming if you’re not a casual with this sort of games.

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

Jan 23, 2014

Ever since getting their hands on the Monopoly license, EA has punched out a good number of Monopoly licensed games on the mobile platform. Games like Monopoly Slots and Monopoly Hotels take the iconic board game and expand upon it or mash it up with other styles of games. As cool as that might sound, it isn’t all its cracked up to be sometimes. In the case of these titles, more often than not, they come off as cheap marketing gimmicks, using the popular Monopoly name to garner more players and possibly more money.

Monopoly Bingo, of course, is yet another one of those games, feeling more like a desperate attempt to push an otherwise freemium Bingo game, than putting out a quality product. EA has been so hot and cold this year with their free to play lineups; FIFA 14 and Plants vs Zombies 2 knocking it out of the park, while other titles floundering. Monopoly Bingo attempts to spin the age old game of Bingo with one of Hasbro’s most popular board games, hoping to create something new and interesting. However, this attempt faltered short, instead creating a Bingo game with achievements, leveling and a backdrop that is supposedly based around Monopoly.


If you’re one who fancies a Bingo game for your Android device, Monopoly Bingo isn’t a terrible choice. It has all of the things you’d expect in Bingo, except a Monopoly background, that feels super odd. The only real nod to the classic board game comes with certain levels named after the various properties within Monopoly. However, there are also other random levels thrown into Monopoly Bingo that don’t totally make sense.


Luckily the in-app purchases aren’t so terrible in Monopoly Bingo. Players have to pay tickets in order to play any card of Bingo. These same tickets can also be used to have automatic dabbers. Coins can also be used to purchase scratch offs and power ups to use within Bingo matches. The real world money conversion isn’t all that terrible either, so for those who are really in a Bingo fix, you won’t go for broke.

Monopoly Bingo is pretty much what it sounds like; Bingo with a Monopoly background. Neither part of this spells a wonderful experience.

Monopoly Millionaire

Monopoly Millionaire

Jun 3, 2013

Devastating news: you’ve probably been playing Monopoly all wrong. No need to fret though; Monopoly Millionaire is made for the rebel within us.

Monopoly is a generational landmark. The game that Parker Brothers immortalized embodies its own gameplay remarkably well: its humble beginnings and explosive popularity practically tell the story. In this modern day version (an electronic port of a physical reboot of the classic version), the story is tweaked a little, but the fable mostly remains recognizable.

One tweak I liked was that the dollar values were adjusted to better reflect current values, as anyone who has mono1ruefully dropped $2 in rent can attest to this. Also, there are new luck (fortune) cards, and the missing utilities and railroads contract the board a bit, so it took a little bit of adjustment to do dice roll counts in my head. Also of interest was the Pass Go upgrade mechanism, which allows tokens to be spruced up with cash.

The biggest difference is the format. Instead of a war of attrition, Monopoly Millionaire is a race to a financial goal, in this case $1 million. Thus, gambles and deals are highly encouraged.

The general look is remarkably similar to the original. Properties are laid out by color, and though the names are different, the colors followed the original setup with regards to placement. The jail exists in all its animated glory, and, like that, just about everything is similarly jazzed up. Every landing is an event, with an explosion of animated stars occurring at particular junctures.

The portion that I really like is the multiplayer functionality. With this, games can be played with opponents on different devices via local wi-fi. This is in addition to the pass and play option on the same device for multiple players.

As an added bonus, the bling-y Monopoly Millionaire Live Wallpaper is cool, though, like all live wallpapers, it taxes battery life.

As far as reboots to classics go, this is a compelling one. The option set makes it an enjoyable diversion.

Six New EA Games Come to Android

Six New EA Games Come to Android

Dec 23, 2011

EA is nothing if not dominating the mobile space, and to prove it once again, they’re launching six new gaming titles to the Android Marketplace. First up is Dead Space, named by Apple as iPad game of the year, and Real Racing 2, one of the best iOS Games of the year, according to Venture Beat. Real Racing 2 will be available for a free test drive, with an upgrade to the full version available for the first time on the marketplace. In addition, Plants Vs. Zombies, Peggleand Monopoly will also be on offer, so make sure you hit the Android Market in the coming days to fill up that sweet new device with EA gaming goodness.

EA Mobile is a leading mobile entertainment publisher witha ton of games like as Tetris, Bejeweled, The Sims, and Need For Speed, for starters. They also publish casual games based on the company’s alliance with Hasbro, Inc. including Monopoly, Yahtzee and Scrabble as well as sports games from the EA SPORTS brand, like Madden NFL Football and FIFA Soccer. EA Mobile develops games for multiple mobile platforms including feature phones, smartphones (Android & Windows Phone), the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For more information about EA Mobile, head on over to

AT&T To Buy T-Mobile for $39 billion – What Could It Mean for Android?

AT&T To Buy T-Mobile for $39 billion – What Could It Mean for Android?

Mar 23, 2011

AT&T recently announced its agreement to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion with the German company receiving $25 billion in cash and $14 billion in stock, giving it an 8% stake in AT&T, assuming all goes well and the merger happens.

It’s important to note that while the two companies have reached an agreement, it could take up to a year for the deal to go through, essentially creating a GSM monopoly within the United States. Obviously, the regulatory commission will be taking a special look at this situation and will have the final say in any proceedings.

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.