Monopoly Deal: A Fantastic Alternative


Noah Stults

Make money moves with Monopoly Deal.

Noah Stults, Columnist

Monopoly is a fun game that many people love, but its problem is that it takes far too long to play. An average Monopoly game takes about two hours to play all the way through, which is inconvenient if you are trying to play a quick family game. A new card game, Monopoly Deal, solves this problem while still providing the Monopoly rules that make the game so entertaining. Monopoly Deal takes almost no time to set up and a full game lasts about 15 minutes. If you buy this game, you will not be let down.

In Monopoly Deal, the objective of the game is to be the first player to collect three complete sets of property cards. Property cards can also help you earn money throughout the game depending on how much the predetermined rent is, and you can collect money when you have a rent card with your corresponding color. There are also many different types of action cards. For example, an action card could say you’re allowed to steal one property from another player and another card could say a player needs to give you five million dollars. Keeping your personal bank full during the game is important because if you do not have enough money to pay another player for rent, you have to pay them in property cards. In order to know how much to pay in property cards, look in the top left corner and that will tell you how much money your property card is worth.

In the beginning of the game, each player is dealt five cards and all the other cards are put in a pile in the middle of the table; this pile will be the draw pile. When a player starts their turn, they draw two cards from the draw pile. Then they get three plays to lay down any action cards, property cards, money cards, or rent cards. However, at the end of your three plays, you may only have seven or fewer cards in your hand. If you end up with more than seven, you will have to discard however many cards to end up with seven cards.

Monopoly Deal is an extremely fun and fast game that is perfect for family game night. The original Monopoly packaging is bulky and hard to transport. It also has lots of little pieces which are really easy to lose or misplace. The packaging of Monopoly Deal is small and compact, which makes it easy to transport so you can play it anytime and anywhere, whether you’re at home or camping in the forest. If you love strategy games that really make you think, then this is the game for you. When you buy this game for $9.89, you will not be disappointed.