We got this game late in 2009. We got it because my wife used some coupon magic to get it for free. Walgreens or CVS (don't remember which) had a buy one get one free black Friday deal on the Hasbro card games. We also had a manufacturer coupon for buy one get one free. Apparently when two separate buy one get one free offers can be combined it makes both things free. Along with Monopoly Deal we made the very poor decision of getting the terrible Scrabble Slam!. So is Monopoly Deal an under appreciated Gem or did we overpay for it?
The goal in Monopoly Deal is to be the first player to get three complete sets of property. There are three types of cards in the game. Property cards can be played in front a player. The property cards are identical to the properties in Monopoly. There are also wild property cards that can count as one of two types of property Money cards are played to a player's bank. Action cards can be played for their action or played as money to a player's bank. Action cards do a lot of different things from charge rent to force players to trade property.
On a player's turn they will draw two cards and play up to three. The point of the money in the game is to protect property. For example, let's say I have boardwalk and parkplace as a set. The first card I play is an action card that adds a house to the set and raises the rent. My second card is a rent action card for boardwalk/ park place. This means that I will get 14 million in rent from another player. If they do not have 14 million in their bank, they must pay me with their property cards. If one of these property cards completes my third set I win the game. Once a player has three complete sets they win.
The Game We Played
This was a very quick game. I had plenty of money, but struggled to get property cards. My wife did not have this problem. By the second turn she had one complete set. A couple of turns later I completed a set. However, my wife had two half finished sets. She drew one the card she needed and wild that counts with any set. She was instantly able to complete two sets and win the game.
My Rating: 2.5 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: The game we played shows what I find wrong about this game. I lost by no fault of my own, just because I did not get the right cards. Their are a decent amount of options and possibilities but if the cards are not there, they are not there.
Her Rating: 2.5 (do not care for)
Her Thoughts: I like that this game is easy to teach and play, but I think it is too simple.
Combined Rating: 5
I guess free was about the right price. The game is not terrible, and it is a fairly noble attempt to make Monopoly a card game. However, this is not a game we will be playing much. Proof of this is before this most recent play the last time we played Monopoly Deal was two years ago. Despite that, it is not like we can trade this game. Plus, we both think the ease of play could make for a good family game. As an added bonus the box is small and will not take up much space.