Monday, December 20, 2010

Review: Monopoly Streets for Wii

Daniel and I keep saying that we need to spend more time together in the evening- we're usually in the same room, but one of us generally is doing something on the computer while the other watches TV or reads.  So it's not quality couple time.  We keep talking about playing a board game or doing a puzzle, but that involves finding the games and setting them up, so it never happens. So we were so glad to receive a new game for our Wii- Monopoly Streets. Perfect- a board game with extra fun and less work!

If your family loves Monopoly or if you're looking for a fun, family-friendly game, Monopoly Streets is the perfect addition to your video game library. It is available for the Wii, XBox 360 and PS3.  Here's a bit about the game, from its website:
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the world of Monopoly comes to life through a living, breathing city that you can build, own, and monopolize. MONOPOLY STREETS has everything you love about the board game, presented as a street level tour of Mr. Monopoly’s fully animated world.
Engage in a head-to-head race to evolve the surrounding city, accumulate the most wealth, and own it all! Play against your friends live and online on Xbox 360 and PS3! Fresh takes on classic features such as property auctions, add new excitement to the classic play. From the cheap motels on Baltic Avenue to the luxurious Boardwalk suites, there is excitement around every corner in this remade classic.
Since I got this game, I have spent way too much time playing it- it's highly addictive! I love the feeling of being inside my game- the graphics are really amazing. The controls are easy to figure out, so there's not really a learning curve on this game.  I really like all the choices for Monopoly Streets- you can choose characters, game modes, the type of board that you play on- and your choices expand as you earn points and can "purchase" new options with those points.

Monopoly often can get a little boring, especially in the middle part of the game, but Monopoly Streets keeps the energy up with things like changes to corporate headquarters. Each player has a building on Monopoly Plaza, and it grows or shrinks as net worth changes.   Another fun addition to the game is that as you build houses and hotels, you can actually see what they look like on your property!

One little note- on the Wii at least, if you have more than one human player, you will need a separate controller for each person.  Here's a trailer for the game, and check out the EA Games website for even more information.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this game to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.