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More in depth Monopoly,
This review is from: Fortune Street (Video Game)
This game is (roughly speaking) Monopoly with some strategy.
You do buy properties in the game. It is best if you own multiple properties of the same color. You do go around a board. There are random events that happen.
But there is much more to this game. There is a stock market in the game that allows you to buy and sell stock in the various property districts. This gives you another way to make money in the game. And will make a player who has multiple properties of the same color think twice about improving them if you own a ton of stock in them because your stock will go up when they do improve the properties.
You can also buy out properties from players for multiples of the original price if you really need to break a hold they have on a district or if you want to get 3 or more properties of the same color. You can make trades with other players too. And there are plenty of random events that drive stock prices up or down or force you to sell your property or give you a chance to buy unowned property among other things. There are also boards with unique property spaces like a tax property that taxes players 10% of their net worth. And much more.
As an adult I got into this game and thought it was great. My kids didn't quite get all the strategy to the game. My 11 yr old did a pretty good job of "getting it" actually. My 5 yr old didn't get it. And the game can be trying when playing with him because wrong button presses can have him selling property accidentally not to mention he has a short attention span. But after a few games he got into it and got the basics. He knew you wanted as many of one color of property as possible. He knew it was desirable to improve properties. And he liked to buy stock. I helped him with the numbers in the stock market and took over the control when purchasing the stocks to help speed things up and prevent a mistake, but he liked it even if he fully didn't understand it. It helps that Dad and his brother were enjoying the game as well.
Now the game took a long time to play the first time around. But as you get a few games under your belt you can cut your time playing drastically downward by just being familiar with the gameplay and rules and boards. You can also speed up any computer players you play with and speed up the messages as well. Also the board you choose to play on determines the game length. Smaller boards take quite a bit less time to play as you will get paid quicker (sort of like passing go in Monopoly) which in turn gets you towards your goal quicker which is to accumulate x amount of money and make it to the bank first. Last you can choose the money goal in the game. The lower you set the goal the shorter the game will be.
I do think they should have let you save local multiplayer games. They do not. The graphics are serviceable. But won't win awards. The backgrounds to the boards though are a nice touch.
Oh and let me mention that I didn't play single player at all. Neither have my kids played it. WE also did not play over the wi-fi connection. I can't comment on those aspects of the game.
But for 3 players plus a computer player it was a blast. We played 10+games over a month or so.
It is a bit steep for $50. AT $37 it is more tempting. This game could be too much for many young kids. The game is more for older kids and adults or for young kids if you have a patient adult. Don't let the cartoony look of the game fool you.
I recently bought Mario Party 9 for my kids. But I have had way more fun with Fortune Street and I think my 11 yr old did too. Maybe my 5 yr old. It is more mentally stimulating to me than MP9. And it is something new compared to Mario Party. Note: MP9 and FS are completely different games other than both are board games.
Anyway take a chance on this game if you like board games. And if you want some mental stimulation and have family and friends to play with.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2012 6:49:07 PM PDT
Nice review and good accurate info.
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