If you’ve ever had a hankering to be in touch with your inner child, look no further than Monopoly by EA Games. This blast from the past expertly brings all the fun from the original board game into your Android device. No detail has been overlooked. The game has kept me from taking out the trash or washing the dishes on more than one occasion (shhh, don’t tell my husband!). The developer has done such a great job that I guarantee you will become totally engrossed in your quest for real estate domination. The only thing missing is some colorful cash. You can choose to play with others on the same device, or against the computer’s artificial intelligence. The classic game pieces are animated with their own little quirks and movements. All your favorite properties are there, too – from Boardwalk to Pennsylvania Railroad. The developer didn’t miss any customizable detail. You can turn on shake-to-roll, change your Pass Go salary or decide whether to own any properties from the start. There are nine languages to choose from, and each language brings different property names from the respective countries.
A possible future addition that I would like to see is the capability to play opponents online. This would open up a whole new aspect of Monopoly, whether you’re playing against your friend living on the other side of town or a randomly assigned opponent on the other side of the country.
It’s not everyday that you come across an app that delivers on nearly all fronts. Some of us were lucky enough to get it for free with the Amazon app of the day, but I dare say it is definitely worth the $4.99 to purchase.