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Suitable for: 4 and above
No. of Players: 2 - 4
Length of average gameplay 20 minutes
Best features: Money Management, Ease of Gameplay, Quality
Worst features: Repetitive Gameplay
Price: $$
Overall Rating: 6.5 / 10

Aptly called “Monopoly Junior”, this game possesses only the most simplified aspects of its namesake, which has its own pros and cons. Certain elements, such as the character tokens I appreciate, as it perfectly addresses the issue of short-term memory that our children have. (The character tokens “stake” territory for each player, so you don’t have to remember which properties you purchased - there are no property cards in the game.)

 

However, I definitely missed some elements of “adult” monopoly, such as the ability to build houses and hotels.

 

To be able to play this game, your child will need to:

  • count up to 20
  • possess the fine motor skills to move game pieces (the smallest is about the size of a 50 cent coin)

 

The game is very simple and extremely easy to catch on. Children may still require an adult’s help to set up the game, but from there, it’s a breeze. The tokens are sturdy and can withstand multiple plays without damage. Adults may also need to assist to read the cards.

 

The only denomination in this game is $1 million and it doesn’t break down further into smaller denominations, so not exactly the right game for learning pocket money management. 

 

That said, it’s an easy, relaxed game to play and introduces children to the concept of monopoly - which can spur their interest in the adult version. It certainly did for my six year old, but she was absolutely gobsmacked when we let her try out the adult version, she certainly didn’t expect so many additional elements! 

 

Overall, still an enjoyable game, especially since we received it at the height of her Trolls fever. It’s the perfect game to whip out when friends visit because the gameplay was so simple, but has never been our first choice on game night.

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