Monopoly Tycoon - PC

3.1 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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  • Manage each business
  • Attract customers & generate cash
  • Build in real-time
  • Compete against up to 5 ruthless human or computer opponents
  • Outbid competitors at property auctions to assemble a business & real-estate juggernaut

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The All-American board game is now an in-depth and addictive strategy game in Infogrames' Monopoly Tycoon! Get down to street level and manipulate a living city by building businesses, attracting customers, & outwitting your opponents block by block! Unleash marketing & advertising campaigns with devastating effect Multiplayer LAN and competitive play offer fun and addictive action with limitless replayability Witness the passage of time move from the 30's to present day Open 24 hours - Check up on your businesses day or night Cut the cost of your operations - buy the electriTycoon and water utilities Build each building and business from the ground up to your exact specifications Zoom in or out as you keep an eye on new opportunities or to view your sprawling empire

Most of us have played the Monopoly board game. Have you ever wondered who lives in Marvin Gardens? According to Monopoly Tycoon, the answer is voters. All of the elements of the family-favorite board game have been turned into a 3-D city-building simulation. You start off, of course, as a real-estate developer who buys land and must decide what purpose each property must serve to bring about the greatest public good: commercial, residential, or industrial. As your wealth and power grow, you'll throw your hat into the race for mayor. Considering how the original board game made cutthroat competition fun, it should come as little surprise that Monopoly Tycoon allows up to four players to campaign against each other for the mayor's office over the Internet or a local area network.

Product Information

ASIN B00004T77P
Release date September 26, 2001
Customer Reviews
3.1 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #21,559 in videogames
#2,653 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 9.8 x 8 x 1.7 inches
Media: Video Game
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By C. Gomez on October 16, 2001
This isn't a bad game. I tend to use the full range of stars for reviews, so truly fantastic items get fives. Threes don't mean the game isn't worth your time, it just might not be your taste.
Positives: A well thought out spin on the classic monopoly game. All the elements are there. Railroads, properties, color groups, hotels, and of course, monopolies.
Looking for a competitive game that won't drain your whole afternoon? Want to know exactly how long the game will last? This game can be played with definite limits. A plus for those who have time windows to play in.
Differences: The game isn't so much about controlling the whole gameboard (in this case a city) or driving others to bankruptcy. Instead, you play against others in a race to complete the goals of the scenario. This might be overall sales, empire value, or election to mayor. Some scenarios do pick off players one at a time (in a Weakest Link style fashion), but this doesn't mean that player went bankrupt, just that they were in last place in some fashion when voting was conducted in the town by its "citizens".
Negatives: Marketing fluff - This isn't really a sim, but a complex game. To call this the world's first competitive sim isn't anywhere near the mark. Rollercoaster Tycoon is more of a traditional sim, and Simcity more so. This is definitely a souped up boardgame that is complex enough to require a computer to model it. Second complaint, this game has nothing to do with Rollercoaster Tycoon (Chris Sawyer). The folks at Deep Red have made a great game, but the association by the publisher ("brought to you by the folks who brought you") is plain irresponsible. That's like saying Activision "makes" Quake.
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Update: This will not play on Vista/Windows7 unless you disable the music/sound in the game menu. Which is disappointing because it's cool when the decade changes...the music changes to suit that decade. You may also have to right-click on the icon, choose properties, Compatibility and change to XP SP2.

Monopoly for the PC has been out for some time, so I don't know why the complaints about how this "isn't Monopoly". What's so exciting about regular Monopoly that take hours to play?

This game is fast pace and cut-throat. I can just imagine what the multi-player is like. Being that I haven't played that yet, I'll just stick to the single-player. It has the familiar game pieces (as their 3D representative character) and blocks. The premise is similar, but with a twist. Instead of hopping around a board via die roles, you pick a block and start building. The single player gives you progressive challenges each with 3 difficulty levels. You only need to complete the easiest level to progress to the next. You also have railroad and utilities that you can buy in some scenarios.

In single mode, you are pitted against 2 computer challengers and get scenarios such as "Be the first to make $2,000 in 1 day of business." This is where the "sim" comes in--you're not only building a wide array of shops, you're trying to build what will draw the consumers and shut out the competition. You poll the people in the neighborhoods near where you want to build to find their desires, which change over time. Fill a block with businesses and take it to auction--if you outbid the others, all of your stores get free rent/utilities for a period of time so that your bottom line grows.
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Monopoly Tycoon is significantly different from the Monopoly board game we've all played, so even if you liked the original game, you might not like this one. Monopoly Tycoon is a real-time strategy game where the object is to build up city blocks and satisfy the needs of the city's residents in order to win. The pace is fast, and the computer opponents know the rules and play hard even on the easy difficulty level.
Let me point out that you CAN play games against the computer without playing a scenario. I've read reviews that say this is impossible, but they are mistaken. The game allows you to host a multiplayer game with up to five computer opponents. You can also select various types of win conditions. Even though you are hosting a multiplayer game, if you want to play by yourself, simply start the game without any human opponents. Simple. But be warned; when playing multiplayer, you cannot pause the game nor speed up the clock.
There are a lot of positives to this game. I've had no problems installing or playing the game, and I only have a Pentium III/500 Mhz. The graphics are excellent -- true 3D with easy camera controls, wonderful lighting effects, night and day, cars and people that move about the streets, and more. The environment really makes the game -- it is well done and fun to look at.
Unfortunately, you don't spend much time looking at your creations. You're always on the lookout for new business opportunities, which typically means identifying a need for a given block (for example, your citizens might want a grocery store) and then building the appropriate store to service that need. Repeat indefinitely. You rarely have time to sit back and appreciate what you've built! The game does have some time-saving features that become easy to use with practice.
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