Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Gaming Corner: Monopoly DEAL

Have you ever wanted to play a game of Monopoly but only have a few minutes? Well, with this version of the game, you can. Monopoly DEAL is a card game released by HASBRO in 2008 and is based on the board game.

Your goal in this card game is to accumulate enough properties to have three monopolies. Play is quick, easy to understand, and stays interesting past the second game (which many card games don't). There are only three different types of cards in the whole game: money, properties, and actions.

Money cards come in 6 different values. They are used to pay other players when they play certain action cards. They are also color coded like the money of the board game.

Action cards represent the different actions that happen in the game. Passing Go, collecting debts or rent, celebrating your birthday, placing houses and hotels, or making deals (deals pertain to taking/trading properties from other players). The interesting thing about action cards is that if you choose, you can use them as money cards instead of an action card.

There are 3 types of property cards. Basic property cards, simple wild cards (which can only be used as the 2 colors pictured on it), or finally the Property Wild Card (which can be used as any color).

The game takes for granted that you have a basic knowledge of the board game, but that isn't a big deal, because just about everyone does.

Here is a picture of a game in progress.

This game normally costs about $5 at Target or Walmart, but if you printed the $4/1 any Monopoly coupon that was circulating a week or so ago, you could score this game for about $1. This would make a great stocking stuffer or a great travel item for vacations.

Please enjoy!

-Gamer Jason


Michelle T. said...

We have been playing this card game for over a year now and just love it! We really like that the card version is really anyone's game since you never know what cards you can draw. If we go on a road trip, the game goes right along with us.

Jess and Jason said...

We just took a vacation, too, and played it so much! It's so much fun. Our whole family enjoys the game.