Wednesday, 24 January 2018 12:57

REVIEW: Monopoly (Nintendo Switch)

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I am not sure what I can tell you about Monopoly that you probably don’t already know. I mean, everyone knows of Monopoly right?


I have owned Monopoly on XBOX ONE for a while now as my kids and I play from time to time. They prefer the physical board version though. Well Monopoly is on the Switch and it seems pretty much a direct port from the X1 version. Minus some animations.

You may have heard reports of the Switch version taking up to 30 minutes to load, and while this was true, you can rest assured this is fixed now with a patch making loading times much more reasonable.

In game you get five playing boards which consist of a classic style board, a Rabbids themed board and some live boards. Live boards are pretty cool and they are themed boards based around a city, a themepark or a spooky town. The layouts are the same just with names changed and lots of animations.

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On the X1, the animations run smoothly and when your piece moves around the board, depending on what piece it is, the movement differs. For instance, the boat will act like it is sailing around the board while the car will zoom around like some hoon is driving it. On the Switch the animations are toned down somewhat. The player pieces simply jump from square to square with no additional animations. And on the live boards, the framerate seems to drop in areas too.

This is rather odd considering that even with everything moving on screen, I can’t imagine it being too graphically taxing.

You set the rules for each game or you can just run with the default rules. You can make the rules rather lax or quite stringent. The good thing is, even with the ability to change the rules, it doesn’t to take away from what actually makes Monopoly fun.

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Monopoly is a slow paced game at the best of times, but somehow playing here feels even slower. While the house or hotel upgrade animations are pretty to begin with, they are all the same and become boring to watch fairly quickly. They simply become a time waster.

While you have the ability to face off against the computer or others online, it is still much more fun playing with friends on the same console sitting next to you. However, isn’t this what the board game is for? And it is cheaper than the Switch version.



After a horrible start, Monopoly does as advertised and certainly can be fun. My kids loved playing it and it is certainly easier than pulling out the physical game and setting it all up.

Overall Monopoly for the Nintendo Switch is a fun game for all ages and is easier to set up and continue on with than the board version, even if it is not quite as engaging as the grass roots version of itself.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: Playstation 3, XBOX 360, PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Age Rating: E
  • Developer: Asobo Studio, Engine Software
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Misc