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No. of players: 2-5
Amount of time to play: 15 – 30 minutes
Age requirements: 8+
Set-up time: 3 min
Monopoly Deal combines Rummy and the Monopoly Board Game into a fast-paced card game that most anyone can enjoy. Simply collect three different property sets and you win. But lookout other players have cards that can change your fortunes fast.
At the beginning of Monopoly Deal players receive a hand of 5 cards. On your turn you draw two cards and then may play to three cards. You may play a card into your bank, play a property card or play an action card. Each card has a monetary value and may be played into your bank. You use these cards to pay other players. Once a card is banked it cannot be used for its game text by anyone.
Here are a couple key rules about paying other players. First you must play from the cards you have in front of you NOT your hand. If you pay with properties they go into your opponent’s collection. Also if you don’t have change…too bad! Lastly if you have no cards on front of you you don’t have to pay anything.
Action cards allow you to make other players pay rent, draw more cards, steal or swap properties with another player or steal an entire set from another player.
To finish your turn you must discard your hand down to seven cards. These cards are added to the bottom of the draw deck. If you are out of hand cards you redraw back up to five.
Monopoly Deal is a good filler game and fun for all ages. It is easy to teach and quick to play. It doesn’t have a lot of strategy or depth, but never claims to. We played this card game with my 9-year old niece and we all enjoyed it and all had a chance to win.
For what it is, it is fun to play and worthwhile for around $5.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 2 out of 6
Luck 5 out of 6
Player Interaction 3 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 2 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 3 out of 6