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Monopoly Deal Review by Dad's Gaming Addiction
on October 7, 2013
Monopoly Deal: 2-5 Players, Ages 8+, Average Play Time = 15-45 Minutes
It's fast, I'll give it that. My eleven year old son and I played a game and it was over before I knew what hit me. Setting up the game was easy and figuring out the rules took me less time than it normally takes for me to set up a game of Agricola...always a plus. The cards are both easy to read and easy on the eyes, making it possible to recognize what they do at a glance after playing the game a few times.
I liked the idea of a bank pile being your "defense" against your opponent taking your property cards when charging rent. The problem that I ran into was that I didn't feel there were enough rent cards in the game to thoroughly deplete a person's bank pile. My son and I had a sizable stash saved up about five minutes into the game and it simply became a rush to see who drew the property cards they needed to win. The rent cards we played on each other barely dented our bank piles. I have been playing around with ideas in my head to balance this: one being to remove some of the money cards from the game or to buy a second game and put all of the rent cards from the second game into the first game. I have yet to test out these ideas, if I find something that works then I'll leave a comment below.
There is a little bit of luck involved with drawing the right cards you need, but since this game doesn't take long to play, I can overlook it. Some games, the cards will be your best friend and other games, they'll pull you into a bathroom stall and give you nonstop swirlies until you're gasping for air. The sooner players accept that they won't always win because of this mechanic, the less frustrated that they'll be while playing.
Both Vinnie Jr and I liked playing this game and I believe it'll be well received when I introduce it to the rest of the family. Monopoly Deal succeeds at being exactly what is sets out to be: a light, fun card game. This would make an excellent addition to family game night as well as serve as a good filler in between longer games.