This review was originally posted December 30, 2008.
Star Wars The Clone Wars Monopoly
Star Wars The Clone Wars Monopoly is beautiful in the Star Wars color scheme. Makes us feel like we are in a galaxy far away. It’s nicely done.
CLASSIC GAME PLAY
Just like classic Monopoly. Of course, the properties, utilities and railroads have different names. The Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced by Sith and Jedi cards. You get settlements and cities instead of houses and hotels.
STAR WARS GAME PLAY
There is also the option of playing with Star Wars rules in the rule book, pitting the light versus dark side.
All of it relies on the roll of the dice. Players move around the board as usual, but if they roll a 6 on one die, they have an option of using a move determined by the number on the other die.
For example, for the Light Side, 1 is EARLY DISCOVERY, the player rolls again and if it is 2 or higher, s/he can get 1 available property or collect $[...] from the bank. If the next roll is a 1, the player pays $[...] to the bank
The Dark Side a 1 is on the other die means do an AMBUSH, whereby if the next roll is a 4 or higher, they may steal 1 property. If they roll a 3 or less, they must pay $[...] to the bank.
It is all very complicated and requires the use of the rule book. I personally would rather not play something that requires me to stare at the rule book constantly.
You get six collectible tokens: Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, Asajj Ventress and General Grievous. They feel solid, made of metal and are about 2 inches tall. Personally, I `d prefer if they made them smaller, like classic Monopoly.
Also, it would have been better if they used a ship, blaster, driod, etc. to match the classic style. I guess they needed humanoids for the Star Wars game play, but I really have to stare at them to figure out which one is mine and a couple of times, we got our pieces mixed up during play.
If you like Star Wars The Clone Wars and you like Monopoly, this game is for you. Don’t expect the Star Wars play to be too exciting, just play it like classic Monopoly. The tokens will be nice for a collector. I can see people just taking those out and tossing the rest away, but for Monopoly play, they could use improvement. Overall, a nice buy.