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This week for the family game night we are playing some fun classic board games from Hasbro gaming. They sent us their new monopoly featuring a new lineup of tokens. Now you can play with a duck, dinosaur, penguin, or some of the classic tokens. They also sent us Pay Day which is back on the shelves. Both of these games bring back so many memories from my childhood so I thought it would be fun to share them with our kiddos and have a classic board game night.
If you love the classics then Monopoly is the ultimate classic board game. Who doesn’t love Monopoly? It’s great fun for the entire family. This year Hasbro has released some fun new tokens to update the game. Now they have added the penguin, dinosaur, and duck. They still have some great classics as well like the dog, top hat, cat, battleship, and my favorite the car. Another fun new feature from Hasbro is the Monopoly CheatBot on their Facebook page. Now you can settle all those family disputes about the rules to your favorite games. Fans can visit Facebook.com/Monopoly to report their friends and family to Mr. Monopoly using the Monopoly CheatBot from January 16 through February 16.
In the box you will find:
The game board
Community Chest & Chance Cards
8 Tokens featuring the new lineup
Who Would Enjoy This Game:
Monopoly is designed for ages 8 and up and 2-8 players. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Monopoly, it’s a great game for the entire family. As a mom, I love the math involved. My 8 year old learns to count money, make change, and budget. It’s a great way to introduce math skills in a fun way. Our family has been a big fan of this game for a long time and we love doing classic board game nights. It’s always one we reach for every time.
Is It Fun:
We always have a blast playing Monopoly. It is an investment in time because our games always tend to go on for a long time but it’s a great way to spend time with your family. We have so much fun sitting around the table playing games. We often do some trading and smack talking but it’s all in fun and makes the game even more fun. If you haven’t played it, then it’s a great one to try out.
I think everyone knows how to play Monopoly so I won’t go into a lot of details. Over the years we have adopted some family rules as well that we always use. I think that’s part of the fun over the years you can make some family memories and rules that make it more fun and personalized. To set up your game, give each player $1500 (the breakdown is in the instructions). Delegate someone to be the banker (in our family it’s always mom). Set the houses, hotels, and property cards to the side so they can be reached easily. Everyone will choose a token and put it on the go space. We usually let the youngest go first or you could roll and whoever has the highest roll.
The gameplay is pretty simple. On your turn, you will roll and move the number of spaces. If you land on a property you can purchase it if no one else has purchased it. If it is owned by someone you will need to pay them rent. If you land on community chest or chance spaces then you will need to choose one of those cards and follow the directions on the card. If you land on go to jail then you will go straight to jail. If you pass go on your turn you collect $200.
As you collect properties you can develop them once you have an entire set by buying houses. Once you have purchased four houses on a set of properties (4 on each property in the set) then you can purchase a hotel. Hotels are the maximum development allowed. Developing your properties allows you to charge more rent. When we play we allow trading to make a monopoly set. We also allow auctions if someone lands on a property and doesn’t want to purchase it or can’t afford to purchase it. Play continues in this, if someone is unable to pay a debt then they are bankrupt and out of the game. Other players continue until only one player is left and declared the winner.
I don’t have any concerns about this game, it’s a classic family game. I will say that you need to set aside some time to play though. Our games tend to go on for hours. However, you can modify it and make a time limit or set up a certain number of turns and play stops at that time. The person with the most money and properties is declared the winner.
Where Can You Find It:
Monopoly is available from Hasbro Gaming. It is available wherever Hasbro products are sold.
Pay Day takes the classic struggle of making it to payday and turns it into a fun game. Work your way through the game board which is a calendar month. Along the way collecting bills and bargains that can be sold at a profit. Compete against other players to end up with the most money at the end of the game.
In the box you will find:
The game board
4 tokens (red, blue, yellow, green)
2 Die (1 regular and 1 special)
Cards (mail, bargain, events)
Who Would Enjoy this Game:
Pay Day is designed for ages 8 and older and 2-4 players. This is a great game for the entire family. The same classic board game feels as Monopoly that our family loves. It’s always been one that we enjoyed as an entire family. It’s great for a family game night or party game for a smaller group. Another game that features great math skills like counting money and understanding classic skills like budgeting.
Is It Fun:
Yes, we love this game. There is a lot to remember so we keep the rules close by but we always have a lot of fun playing it together. With this one, you never know when you might go from being on top to the bottom or vice versa. There are a lot of ups and downs and surprises along the way. You can also customize it as to how long you want the game to last so you can play just one month for a quick game or several if you want it to last longer.
Setting up the game is pretty easy. Set up the game board in the middle of the table. Each player will choose a color token and put it on the start space. Delegate someone to be the banker. The banker gives each player their money to start the game (amount listed in the instructions booklet). Set the different types of cards close by so everyone can reach them. Put a $1000 bill on the jackpot space at the bottom of the board. Also, put a bargain card under the board next to the yard sale space.
On your turn, you will choose if you want to roll the special die if you do it’s a cost of $100. If you don’t then you just roll the regular die and go that number of spaces. Then follow the instructions for the kind of space you landed on. The special die has bargains, extra spaces, and other special items to enhance your turn. However, paying the $100 doesn’t guarantee that what you roll will help you in the game. The spaces each have special instructions so it’s good to keep the directions close by. The instructions for each space are listed in the instructions so I won’t spend a lot of time listing each one but just follow the instructions for the type of space you land on. If you land on mail then you will collect the number of cards listed. If you land on a bargain you will take a card and purchase or auction it. Events are different things that can either be good or bad. Lotteries allow each player to put in $100 and then choose a number if it’s rolled that person wins $1000 plus all the money collected from players to play. The yard sale allows you to get an extra bargain. Daylight Savings causes everyone to move back a space. The happy birthday space requires everyone to give you a gift of $100. Also, if you roll a six then you receive the money on the Jackpot space. Continue playing until you reach the pay day. On payday, you receive $800. Pay any bills you collected during the month and pay at least 10% on any loans you took during the game. Then go back to the start space to start a new month.
Before you start the game decide how many months you plan to play, we choose three. Once you finish the month for the desired number of months you will settle any bills you have like usual and pay off any remaining loans you owe. Then discard any cards you didn’t use. Count up all of your money to determine your total. The person with the highest total at the end of the final month wins the game.
No concerns for this one, it’s a great family game night type of game. As I mentioned, there are a lot of rules so it may be harder for younger players to understand. We kept the rules close and referred to them throughout as we had questions.
Where Can You Find It:
Pay Day is available from Hasbro Gaming. It is available wherever Hasbro products are sold.
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