I received Monopoly Empire and Transformers products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and words are my own.
I have long loved the board game Monopoly. There were some serious marathons of the game in my house growing up, too. My father has more patience than any person I’ve ever met and he would sit for hours upon hours and play with me, long after others had given up.
While the classic version will probably always be my favorite, we definitely are having fun with one of the newest iterations, Monopoly Empire. In Monopoly Empire everything – the properties, the pieces, the cards – get a little shake-up with modern twists. You won’t see a battleship or Board Walk, but you will see a Coca-Cola bottle and Samsung.
One of my favorite changes from the classic is that Monopoly Empire doesn’t have cardboard property cards any more. Instead, you get billboard tiles that you place on a plastic “towers”. The goal is to climb to the top of your tower first, and you do that by collecting properties. They also simplified the money system: there are now only 50, 100, and 500 denomination bills.
The tiles are different sizes based on their value and fill up different dollar amounts on your tower. So you don’t have to worry about collecting all the properties in a set so much as you want to focus on buying as many of the high-value properties as you can. I’m usually pretty focused on winning, but the first time we played Monopoly Empire I really just wanted to collect all my favorite companies.
Transformers Generations Blitzwing
Bubbles is quite a bit younger than the suggested age range of 8+, so she mostly took turns sitting with each of us (myself, hubby, Ashley and Austin) and helping add tiles to our towers. She did wander off now and then, though, to play with her new Transformers Generations Blitzwing action figure. She’s a bit under the recommended age for these, also, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a huge fan.
Blitzwing is a very cool Transformer in the fact that he’s what’s called a triple changer. He converts from a robot to either a tank or a jet plane. Bubbles gets Daddy to swap him around for her fairly often, but as much as she loves planes right now, Blitzwing is most often in jet mode.