Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Monopoly Super Electronic Banking, by Hasbro - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          New electronic version of the classic "Monopoly" game  

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  

Recommended age:  8 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Probably adult players that hate counting / handling cash transactions 

Monopoly is a timeless game - never gets old nor out-of-style. We recently tested out this “Monopoly Super Electronic Banking” by Hasbro - there are things that we love, things I’m not too sure about, and things that we don’t quite like. 

Let’s start with why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Electronic Banking Unit - The most prominent feature in this game is the all-in-one banking unit that replaces all physical paper cash. The innovative banking unit keeps track of the money transactions, cash balances, and land title owners. For players that hate dealing with cash transactions and the hassle of paper cash, this technology version is an awesome improvement! However, if you are playing with young kids (like us), the digital reader takes away the counting and money-units learning elements, which are so essential in classic Monopoly! 

(2) Matching Bank Cards With "Special Rewards" - The game also incorporates some unique rules and excitements. Each of the 4 tokens is paired with a matching bank card associated with its “special rewards”: the Yellow Car token can earn $50 when the player rolls a “6”; Blue Airplane has “Frequent Flyer” privilege that allows the player to “travel” for free (saving $100 each time). The white Super Safer earns $50 each time when the player lands on “Chance”, and player with the Red Bag token receives $50 each time when it becomes the first buyer of a colour group. Our family loves this feature! 

(3) Other New Rules - I also love the “flight mode” rule of this game that allows players to travel (and purchase) any unowned property on the board. There is also a new “forced trade” mode where a player can compel another to exchange a title deed. Auction, get out of jail payment, and bonus rewards (when “Go” is passed) are all done using the digital unit. 

(4) Shorter Game - The board is much smaller (32 rather than 40 spaces), and the game ends when the last remaining lot is purchased - hence making this version a much quicker (under 30 minutes) game. 

Overall, this version has some good features but is probably more suitable for adult players. For family with young kids like ours, we prefer the original version with paper cash and physical “properties”. 

Where to buy this: 

https://shop.hasbro.com/en-au (Website) 

Enjoy the video! 

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