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Monopoly Tropical Tycoon Game
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- Tropical-themed game puts a new twist on classic Monopoly
- Players compete for property on scenic, beautiful island
- Board has island-themed utilities and properties, each player now gets "profession" at beginning of game
- Included DVD gives storyline and provides Community Chest and Chance cards
- The DVD adds a storyline and narrative to your game, immersing you completely in the tropical vibe
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Monopoly With a Tropical Twist
Monopoly Tropical Tycoon is played with classic Monopoly rules: each player must invest in property, develop housing, and compete with the other players for control of the map. This time around, however, everything's been renovated with a vibrant tropical theme. The utilities, for example, are now solar and water power. The properties are beaches, forests, casinos, piers and the like. The tokens have also changed, and now include a parrot, sail boat, parrot and other tropical items.
However, the changes aren't just cosmetic -- there have been some serious gameplay changes as well! The DVD adds a storyline and narrative to your game, immersing you completely in the tropical vibe. Community and chance cards are now given over the DVD, too. Each player is now given special abilities as well, depending on which "job" they have chosen at the beginning of the game. All these extra features makes the game even more fun and engaging than the original Monopoly.
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing you do is roll and the DVD will tell you which "job" you have (mayor, artist, surfer, developer, police chief)- each has their own bonus. Then you roll like you would normally- but if you look at one of the dies there is a TV picture on it. That means you choose the News Update on the DVD and stuff happen. There was a lot of decisions that the DVD asked of you that can effect the current player or somebody else. The game is much quicker due to some new rules (ie landing on Free Parking you can pick any unowned property and purchase it) and you can choose to develop tourist attractions(casino, pier,etc) instead of beach houses/resorts. These tourist properties can bring in some bucks too!
The bad news: The first kinda downer is that it is 3-5 players (which is hard on a couple like to play games together). Pieces looked a little cheap (plastic houses/hotels/piers etc and cardboard fortune pieces) hopefully they will last. Money tray still doesnt hold all the money options- not a big deal, just annoying. Some of the news update stuff is a little silly, but cute.
I felt like this was a fresh breath of air to a game that can feel pretty tedious after awhile. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys monopoly!
But what about the DVD, you ask? Well, the DVD introduces a number of new aspects to the game and re-invents a few of the old ones. For instance, instead of Chance and Community Chest cards being in hard-copy, one clicks the icon on the corresponding DVD icon to bring up the result. Further, new to the game is the introduction of a 'News Update', which is triggered by rolling an icon resembling a television on one of the two dice provided. These updates are nothing more than a Chance or Community Chest card in disguise, albeit prefaced with an irritating news update. Upon subsequent replays, these updates become tedious and repetitious. The result for the casino, pier, park and restaurant cards is also brought up on-screen through the DVD menu. The higher the value of your property with the expansion on it, the more you will be paid.
Against the backdrop of this panoply of expansions, you play Monopoly as per usual. Once again, the dice is king.Read more ›
The DVD option was nice because it was a new twist but at times can slow the game down while you wait for the outcome. You do have 'choices' on Chance which wasn't available on the original card versions.
I've played it twice since I purchased it and it has been a great time and seems to go faster than the original.
Because of the DVD, the game has an added amount of randomness that will drive strategists crazy. Those familiar with the traditional movement patterns in Monopoly will need to modify their strategies significantly. This was a very nice deviation from traditional Monopoly, as it really felt like we were learning the game all over again.
The new building types ("developments") that can be built on monopolies also was a really interesting addition to the game. The only development type that is truly random is the casino; the other developments definitely follow a pattern that is predictable. Two things that I really liked about developments: they offer a choice that is not available in traditional Monopoly, and I found that the board "built up" quicker, making the game go a bit faster. I am a big fan of this new addition to the game.
I also liked the different roles that each player is issued at the start of the game. Each player now has an added strength that really can have an impact on the game.
The end-game fortune tokens also is interesting. It basically is another way to measure wealth in the game, but the random tokens issued during the game and the choices that you are forced to make during gameplay (e.g. casinos devalue your property) means that the winner of the game may not be immediately obvious. Another advantage to the fortune token method is that you can set a time limit and make it relatively simple to determine a winner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome service. One of the best purchases I've made on amazon. I received it within days of my purchase. 5 starsPublished on July 14, 2012 by Brenda
The DVD adds a little extra fun to the game, the choice between houses, resorts, restaurants, piers, casinos or docks on your proerties is a fun twist. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Paul L. Hall
This is a beautifully executed Monopoly game. The houses and hotels have been physically changed to be piers, casinos,restaurants and parks as you develop your properties on a... Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Redjamie
I bought this for my 10yr old daughter who loves monoploly- thought the dvd version would add more excitement which it did. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by D. Kerro
This is a fun new twist on an old classic. I like the way it is designed to play faster thnan the original as well. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Kevin Morton
I'm a grandma and my 11 year old grandaughter really enjoyed playing Monoploly Tycoon on my computer so I ordered this for her thinking that it was a computer game. Yes. Read morePublished on June 22, 2008 by Carol I. Meeds