C’mon it’s Monopoly, we don’t need to tell you how this classic family board game works. All you need to know is that it’s now available on Android and it hasn’t changed a bit.
For some reason, board game adaptations are extremely popular on the Android Market. Plenty of smartphone owners either want to relive their childhood memories or brush up on their strategy before thrashing their family at the dinner table later.
Whatever the case, EA have done an average job of bringing the iconic and much disseminated brand to your Android handset. Purists will be relieved to hear absolutely nothing has been done to change the general gameplay behind Monopoly. The closest you’ll get to messing with its hallowed formula is altering the rules so that you can collect tax after landing on Free Parking.
Both single-player and multiplayer modes are supported through a single handset but there’s no online mode, making for limited experience if you’re lacking in friends or bored with the computer AI. We’d be surprised if you didn’t get bored with the computer AI because, they’re far too soft to truly compete against.
As any longtime Monopoly player will tell you, the key to winning is acting like a ruthless bastard. Risk bankruptcy early on in the game while property and rent is cheap. Once you’ve built up a reasonable portfolio of London landmarks, preferably one with a complete set in a mid-priced colour category, refuse to trade with anyone (except at extortionate prices) and build up your houses and hotels.
In Monopoly’s Android app the AI do not understand the idea of being heartless. They’ll trade with other opponents to hand over a set, sell a £300 property for £350 and generally ruin the game through their ineptitude. All this won’t matter if you acquired Monopoly as an easy timewaster but we found it an extremely irritating trait of truly dull download.
It’s fine that EA decided not to mess with Monopoly but to offer up such an unchallenging app left us quickly exciting for the next chapter of Dead Space.
The Bottom Line
A no thrills smartphone adaptation of the classic board game.