Monopoly Classic Review

monopoly review

Basic Information

monopoly review

Players: 2-6

Time: 120 min

Age: 8+

Price: Medium-High

Introduction to Monopoly

Perhaps one of the best know board games, monopoly has a reputation for long game time and ruining friendships. It is a game that has been around for generations and as such is one of the most common games to be played between family members. Even though the game itself has been around for so long, the core of the gameplay remains the same and will continue to ignite a fiery spark in players for many years to come.

How to play Monopoly

Monopoly is surprisingly complicated for a game that everyone seems to know how to play. Not only are you relying on luck to land on real estate in the early stages, but you also need money to upgrade and purchase houses once you have a monopoly of one color. There are also some other less known elements of the game when it comes to auctions as when any player lands on a property ans doesn’t (or cant) purchase it, the property goes to auction and the banker facilitated this auction. The property goes to the highest bidder and play continues. Once all the properties are taken, players can try to negotiate and swap real estate to try and get color monopolies to build up. The aim of doing this is to try and bankrupt the other players without you yourself going bankrupt. Games can goes surprisingly quick when players start to invest heavily in their property. I definitely recommended looking up some YouTube videos regarding these lesser known rules as they can really change the game.

Notes on Monopoly

A word of warning, many friendships have been tested and too many to count sibling fights have broken out over this game.  It’s a game that tests your relationships and your ability to calculate risks versus rewards. A great game for a competitive family or friends, but understandably, not for everyone. Still, the nostalgia hits hard with this game, and I’ll dust it of every so often to play with my siblings to see how we have improved over the years as players.

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Settlers of Catan Review

settlers of catan review

Basic Information

No of Players: 3-4 (can add more with expansions)

Age: 10+

Time: 60 min

Price High

Introduction to Catan

Catan is one of the most well-known ‘hardcore’ board games. It is one of the original four European style board games that started the board game movement back in the early 2000s. It’s fairly simple rules and resource management mechanics make it an easy game to teach, and a fun challenge to play. Catan is a classic and a much have in any board game collection.

How to Play Catan

Catan is a resource management game where you win once you obtain 10 victory points. You first set up the board by randomly placing tiles in a hexagon shape and then boarder that with the ocean pieces. Each tile, and ship icon, is then assigned a random value. The next stage is the most important part of the entire game, where you place your initial settlements. You will place two of each, starting with the person who rolled the highest placing the first road and village, then moving to the next player and the nest in the order of 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1. This initial placement determines your starting resources but also where you can build to later in the game. Each player then rolls the dice and then every player gains resources of the corresponding tiles if they have a settlement there. If you roll a 7, you move the robber to any tile on the board, and that tile cannot produce resources until the robber is moved again. Naturally some people will have more of one type of resource than others, so players can then barter and trade resources with each other. After this, the player can build as much as their resources will allow and also purchase development cards. Once someone has reached 10 victory points (by upgrading settlements to cities or with development cards), they win the game.

Notes on Catan

Catan was one of the first serious board games I played (after only cluedo and monopoly) and I instantly fell in love. I highly recommend this game for both casual and hardcore players for its ease to learn the rules, and its highly fun gameplay. While there is some level of chance when it comes to playing this game, with the right strategy and bartering techniques you can pull the odds to your favor. This is the perfect game for any family get together and is a great gift for any board game enthusiast.

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Jenga Review

jenga review

Basic  Information

jenga review

No of Players: 2+

Age: 6+

Time: 10-15 min

Price Low-Medium

Introduction

Jenga is a classic party game that is easy to learn and fun to play. It’s great for all ages and now comes in many different shapes and sizes with their own rule variants and additions.

How to Play Jenga

Jenga is a fairly simple game to learn, but actual game play can become quite tricky the longer the game goes and the taller and more unstable the tower becomes. Players will need to be strategic with which piece they choose take and place, if the tower falls at all during their turn they lose the game. Jenga sets usually come in a box that the pieces can be placed back in for a quick reset of the game. Like other games of this type there are some house rules that people use, such as when you touch a piece, you must move it. Others add dice and color rules, but even with all these different rules, the way to lose remains the same. 

Notes on Jenga

Jenga is one of those games that everyone seems to know how to play and is an easy was to bring some fun into any party. As stated in the ‘how to play’, there are heaps of house rules that you can add and use to make the game different. You cannot go wrong with this game made from wood!

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