This is going to be an interesting one..I received this as a gift from a friend over the Holidays and just now got to opening it up and checking it out. So lets play!
As far as board games go, there are few more recognized than Monopoly. In the last few years there have been various hybrid versions, including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but the Transformers version has me grinning like an 8 year old!
First of all, the cover art is just outstanding. Reminiscent of, if not drawn by Don Figueroa, the Autobots and Decepticons are beautifully rendered in an epic battle scene. There’s so much detail here, it’s just amazing…
Opening the box, we get the normal array of game items, including paper money and a set of die, all aligned in a nice sturdy tray. We also get more cover art!
But at the core, this IS Monopoly, so we get the normal house and hotel pieces. The fun aspect is the coloring and the fact that houses are referred to as “energon cubes” and hotels are “dark matter factories”. So awesome
The colors are just fantastic, look at how good the dice look!
Now, usually the game comes with six player pieces, but unfortunately mine only had three. I’m not sure why. But check them out!
IronHide, Megatron and Ravave?! SWEET! I permanently call Ravage!
The transportation, utility and property cards are all from the Transformers universe:
Just so amusing! I love that you can “buy” Earth and Cybertron and yet somehow still lose the game!
The Chance and Community Chest cards are now ‘Bot and ‘Con cards that function as wild card effects:
Gotta love that Grimlock is “Get out of jail free”.
Even more to this game’s credit, all of the currency has a specific Character on the bill! Lets take a closer look because in the upper left corner, they have the alt-mode as well!
As far as the game board goes, we get more of the same excellent art work –
Just so well done all around. The property spaces have such great detail for Transformer fans:
This is just so well done, I can’t get over it. The instructions even have new “Transformer rules” to keep gameplay interesting. For instance, if you’re a ‘Con and roll double 3s, you get to take one energon cube from a bot and return it to the bank! So much fun!
A lot coming up, including more Throttlebot love, SG Prime makes a evil return, and more! Stay tuned!