Monopoly Streets

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  1. Paka Paka says:
    100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great game for non-traditional (older) gamers to play alone, November 22, 2010
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    This review is from: Monopoly Streets (Video Game)

    I write this review not from the perspective of the traditional gamer (whatever that is) but from an older grad student who apparently has time for this and not her work! I loved to play Monopoly before I bought this video game so I was excited to see my pieces moving around. There are things I like and don’t about this game.

    I was hoping that I would be able to immediately play as my Mii but this feeling was rectified on many levels. First, you can’t beat the original pieces, and now they’re hilarious! For example, I chose that little terrier dog piece, thinking I would be given a little silver terrier that moves around the board. What I was given was a very stylish young woman, asymmetrical hairstyle, sunglasses, dangerously high heels, and then her little doggie is your terrier piece. The wheelbarrow is a barefoot country girl named Natalie who pushes the wheelbarrow. Each piece you select is accompanied by a person (each person has a name except for the terrier-woman who is just called “dog” in the Streets Monopoly board. I don’t like that). You don’t have access to all the pieces, you have to win money and unlock them. The funniest thing is, the Miis you have created for your Wii are the city folk who walk around town. I attend school far from home, so my Mii people are members of my family. My stylish woman was walking the dog around the corner of Free Parking and there was my sister, waiting to cross the street. A few minutes later, there’s my mom walking down the sidewalk. Later, I found out that by winning games and thus earning money, you can “buy” your Mii so that you can play him or her in the game.

    The graphics are pretty cool. When you build on a property, a nice house or hotel goes right up. Naturally the hotel that gets built on Baltic Avenue is nothing compared to the ones built on Park Place or Broadway! Cars and trucks drive by on the street. The Banker reminds me of Lenny Briscoe from Law & Order because he always has these one-liners. If you have never played before, he walks you through the whole game, explaining every little detail. There are a lot more boards you can play, but most of them are locked. It only makes me want to play more, earn more money and unlock those boards. I can’t wait to see what they look like.

    What I don’t like is that it seems to be fast-moving, to the point where I think it may be buggy. Before I buy a property and especially before accepting or rejecting a trade, I like to get a bird’s eye view of the board to see who owns what first. This is not possible. You may see the entire board before you roll your dice, but once you land on a property this feature is unavailable. Also, in the corner are all the cards/colors of the properties I own, but they are so darn small that I can barely make sense of them. It would be nice if there were a button to temporarily amplify this view. When I played my first game, I would periodically be led to a screen that displayed the players’ net worth, but I the screen went by so fast I kept thinking, what was that? Then about 15 minutes into the game, Mr. Banker stops at that screen to explain it. Later when I declared bankruptcy and was taken back to that Net Worth scene, the screen just went black and stayed there until I pressed “2” to fast forward.

    I’ve only played the game a couple of times. I haven’t played online yet but I’m looking forward to it and will be sure to come back and update when I do. I love playing this game by myself with a cup of tea, curled up on the couch but playing online against a stranger seems fun!

    UPDATE: Although the above description says that you can play online, this is not possible with the Wii. I’ve looked and looked for it in my game, until a comment by a reader led me to the page. Online play is only available with the PS3 and Xbox. Yes, I feel duped.

    Another update: No mini-games either in the Wii version.

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  2. Alisha says:
    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Game!, November 14, 2010

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This is a great game for all monopoly lovers! You can play the game by the basic monopoly rules, or play by picking new fun ways to play. (such as speed die-my personal favorite.- you have 3 dice and the 3rd has “Mr. Monopoly” and a Bus on it. Roll Mr Monopoly and you move to the next unowned proporty. Roll the Bus, pick where you want to land within the amount that the first two dice read. Roll triples and go anywhere on the board.) You can even create your own custom way/rules to play by. You play for monopoly money and as it builds up, you can unlock new boards, pawns, and the ability to play with your mii. And even though I have much of it unlocked, it never gets old because of the many different ways to play the game!!

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