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So, now there's this computer version. You can play Monopoly (which is good), you can play Monopoly against other real people (which is good) or computer opponents (which is kinda good), you can customize the game (which is good), and it has computer-animated graphics and voiceovers (which are bad).
Is Monopoly worth the US$29.99 it sells for? That depends upon the buyer. This computerized version is very well done, but it doesn’t offer much more than the actual board game. For families, this is a title that might well be a nice addition to the home iMac’s library. For those who are not avid fans of the classic, though, there may be better buys to be found elsewhere.
If you’re a fan of Monopoly then there’s no doubt that you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of this game, and particularly if you’re used to the American board or you live in one of the ten cities for which a custom board is available. The computer plays a good game, there are lots of rules to tweak and the graphics are lovely. However, if you’re looking forward to creating your own board designs then you’re going to be sorely disappointed, and non-US residents are going to feel badly left out. If the board editor were sufficiently sophisticated that it could allow you to edit all the necessary attributes to produce proper regional or even themed games then there would be no problem at all, but all it lets you do is adjust (slightly) the appearance of the board itself. And it does even that job so poorly that it’s scarcely worth bothering. That’s a great pity because it badly lets down an otherwise nice implementation of a splendid game.