We received this version of Monopoly Junior from Hasbro, through Influenster, free for review. Just like the game, I’m going to keep things short and sweet for you.
My oldest, Thing 1, is going to help out here and has opted to take the creative stance with his modelling. I blame his father for the weird-o parts, of course, and he got his cute nose from me.
I have to say, the new Monopoly Junior is far less time-consuming and isn’t nearly as frustrating as standard Monopoly. With that one, I WILL CUT PEOPLE! This one, however, is quick, easy to win and easy to lose…meaning Mama isn’t stuck at a board game for 3+ hours, sweating the bills and attempting to work around mortgage demands. I do that enough in real life!
I think the dollar values are easy to manage for younger children (there are only one dollar bills included with this) and the pieces are simple to keep track of. For anyone above 7 or so, I do believe that the typical variety in Monopoly funds is beneficial and helps to improve math skills but this simplifies everything quite a bit. Sometimes it’s less about the learning aspect and more about fun, right?
The one main downfall, for me, is that the new plastic pieces don’t have the same weight, hand feel and appeal that the old ones do. They look more like toys and my youngest daughter wanted to put the kitty in with her Littlest Pet Shop animals. I do wish there was some pizzazz to the pieces that paid homage to their beloved, classic origins. The dog has been my go-to Hasbro totem since I was a little girl and this is what my pretty poochie looks like now;
This version is truly one that you can break out for a bit of family fun time without having to watch the clock, become stressed out and the children aren’t playing for so long that they tire of it. All in all, I think Hasbro has come out with another great game that will be enjoyed in our home for years to come.
It’ll never top Scrabble though 😉