Board Game Review: Pokemon Monopoly – Kanto Edition
Ever wanted to play Monopoly but find the classic board a little bit too plain and boring for your tastes? Are you a big fan of Pokemon? Then the Pokemon Kanto Edition is perfect for you! Read on to see why fans of the franchise would enjoy this addition to their already potentially vast collections.
Monopoly is one of those games that makes and breaks friends and families. I mean it, really – You must have played this game at some point in your life and if you did, I am sure you seen the mean spirited capitalist nature within your opponents. You noticed that people were bullying you out of your properties, your stupid little car, your top hat, your dog!!! All of it was going, because they were buying your properties up. Either that, or you were the bully – in which case congratulations, you are the winner of Monopoly.
All jokes aside, Monopoly is the Marmite of the board game world. We all know of it and we all respect it, love or hate. With this in mind, it’s not too surprising then that it’s branched out into many different geek variations of the game. From Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and of course, the titular theme: Pokémon. This isn’t the first Pokémon Monopoly game either, but this certainly is the snazziest looking.
You have six playing pieces you can pick from, which for the extreme Pokécollector out there, these are proper little metal playing pieces. They are Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Eevee. The figures look fantastic and are as perfect a representation of the Pokémon as is possible in their little poses. From Pikachu’s trademark lopsided ear, Charmander with its arms out wide and Eevee in its sweet little seated pose, they are full of character.
The board itself sees you jumping around from gym to gym, buying the Pokémon there. This is a weird little idea to Pokémaniacs, but never mind. They had to make it work somehow, so they made it so each of the property colours represents one of the gyms – Since there are 8 gyms and 8 property colours; that worked out well! The corner spaces of Monopoly are back as per usual; Go, Free Parking, Go To Jail and Jail have retained the classic Monopoly designs. The Pokemon Centre replaces the hotel and the Pokemart replace houses.
They based this Kanto Edition on Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, which was a smart decision. You see Red, not Ash. Many of the hardcore fans of the games will want to have this set as it’s beautifully presented and not insulting to the series. There’s some fine detail: instead of chance and community chest, you get Professor Oak and Trainer Battles. Instead of train stations, you get different types of Pokéballs. Instead of Water Works and Electric Company, you get Articuno and Zapdos. A clever little touch.
The currency is replaced with Pokémon dollars, Blue Attacks and Team Rocket Attacks replace the tax squares. This theme was released in late 2014, which was a bit late for the FireRed & LeafGreen craze which was around 2004! It doesn’t stop this being a great piece however. It’s fun to get people around the table to play a game of Monopoly. What do you think? The question is: Do you even care about Monopoly boards? Do you have a personal favourite Monopoly board? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. You’ve gotta catch ‘em all!