The Monopoly Super Electronic Banking board game is a twist to the original Monopoly game that many have grown with. You may even remember Monopoly by its generic name, “business game.” Revisiting it for people who may not have played Monopoly, it is a board game where players go around the board and buy properties by spending money that’s allotted to them. Then they collect rent from other players landing on their property during their turn. The player with the most money left in the end wins the game, as others go bankrupt.
In today’s age, currency note usage is falling behind digital payments. This includes everything from internet banking, UPI and credit/debit cards which make payments simpler and more convenient. Hasbro has taken this concept and applied it to Monopoly, a game which is known for its paper money. Instead of Monopoly money, you get an electronic banking system.
Going digital and how it matters
The game uses bank cards and takes away the need to use cash. These bank cards can be used to make transactions with the help of the electronic banking unit to keep track of the player balance and transactions. Though I was sceptical at first, the banking unit became super convenient to use as it removes human error by doing the calculations instantly.
The banking unit works by tapping your bank cards, chance cards, and title deed cards to the side of the machine. These cards have barcodes on the sides and the electronic banking machine can read them. It emits a chime to let you know that the card was correctly read, making the process extremely quick in practice.
New additions to Monopoly Super Electronic Banking
Apart from the electronic banking system, Monopoly Super Electronic Banking also comes with new properties and tokens. Special bank cards, something every player has at the start of the game, give special rewards for completing certain actions during the game. Each card matches a game token. For example, if you chose the car token, you would get the World Traveler bank card. It comes with an exclusive reward, such as getting a $50 reward when you roll a six on the dice.
Flights are the new trains
This edition has flight spaces instead of stations like in the original Monopoly game, you can take a flight by paying a minimal fee and go to any property on the board. You can even force a trade and exchange your property with what other players own.
If you want to win the Monopoly Super Electronic Banking game, you must move around the board and buy as many properties as you can to collect rewards. Players also get exclusive bonuses from bank cards along the way. The game ends when all properties in the game are purchased. At this point, the player with the most money wins the game.
Properties, the crux of Monopoly Super Electronic Banking game
Buying a property is easy in the game. All you need to do is tap the related title deed card on the banking unit when you land on the property. Next, tap your bank card and the unit will subtract the cost of the property from your account, showing your updated balance.
The unit also has the option to put a property up for auction when you don’t want to buy. Other players can bid for the properties put on for auction. Paying rent also involves the same process. Tap the property’s title deed card and then tap your bank card. The machine knows who owns the property, and if another player is tapping the card, it will subtract the rent amount. If you collect property colour sets, you get more rent. The unit can even remember if you purchased properties of the same colour and collect the appropriate amount of rent.
Everything including the purchase, auction, and rent is done with the banking unit easing the difficult parts of the game. Hasbro has explained everything in the manual. Overall, the addition of the electronic unit is a big step-up for the game.
Monopoly Super Electronic Banking is a unique twist on the classic board game. Despite being a significant departure from its traditional roots, the game’s rules and mechanics go well with the concept and don’t feel gimmicky. The electronic banking unit is impressive, making the gameplay more fun and fast-paced. The unit has capabilities to end the game when all properties are purchased. In addition, players can also end the game early if they want to. This also makes Super Electronic Banking a board game that is ideal for quick gaming sessions. It can also serve as a conversation starter when playing with guests. While it offers a unique and exciting new way to play the classic game, it comes with a steep price tag of Rs. 3,699. This makes it a difficult recommendation for casual players or those on a budget. However, the game is worth the investment for die-hard Monopoly and board game fans.