Review: Monopoly Empire game

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Monopoly empire

From the makers of Monopoly, the Monopoly Empire game swaps the popular London locations, top hats and boot counters for the chance to own some of the biggest brands in the world. Players can fly around the board as a portion of McDonald’s fries, a fast car or Xbox handheld controller and compete to build an Empire of iconic brands.

Exciting and fast-paced so youngsters will stay interested

How it works

It has a maximum of four players and a minimum of two.

Each player has a tower that you need to stack to the top with plastic branded cubes (or billboards in this game), that represent what the original game had as cards for the streets you bought.

This game features big brand names in place of the streets. Gone are Bond Street and Mayfair and in are McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Xbox and others.

The more billboards you buy, the more money you can collect when other players land on the brand names you have bought.

This same value applies when you pass GO. How much you can collect is determined by how high your tower is stacked.

The youngest player starts then the game continues clockwise.

Who is it for?

It’s for anyone from ages eight and upwards. It’s a completely scaled back version of the original.

Key features of the product

monopoly_empireThe Monopoly Empire game allows you to own the world’s top brands, and ‘steal’ or ‘swap’ properties from other players using the Chance or Money cards.

You can stack your tower to the top with branded billboards for the chance to win the game. It’s a quick game that lasts 30 – 60 minutes.

Notes are different colours, much less than the original game.

Is it good value for money?

Yes I think so at £14.99 it’s overall a great family board game that will last for years.

What I liked about the product…

The original game of Monopoly could go on forever but the nice thing about this game is that it could be over in as quickly as 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a quick game it’s perfect (especially for kids).

I also liked the quick thinking and strategy that’s involved in landing the best deals for the billboards.

That made the game quite exciting and because it ended fairly quickly you wouldn’t mind playing another game.

What I didn’t like…

Setting up a board game with 22 billboards to put on the board, the office tiles and the money took quite a bit of time – which felt like a lot of effort for a quick game.

We also expected to see companies like Apple and Microsoft, but they’re surprisingly not part of the game.

It’s quite a different objective when compared to the original game which encourages entrepreneurship, and I felt this was more about quick wins to reach the top.

Would I recommend this product?

I would recommend this product as a fun and modern family game, however personally speaking I prefer the original game.

Where to purchase this product?

Get this game from ToysRUs for £14.99

Rating out of five?

3/5