Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Review

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Monopoly Gamer: Sonic - Hasbro

Game title: Monopoly Gamer: Sonic

Game description: The Monopoly game joins forces with Sonic the Hedgehog video game characters for an exciting gameplay experience! Instead of standard Monopoly tokens, players can choose to move around the gameboard as Sonic, Tails, Amy, or Knuckles. Buy iconic properties such as Planet Wisp, and Rooftop Run. Pass Go to trigger a cooperative boss fight, drop and collect Rings on board spaces, earn Chaos Emeralds and Chao tokens, and activate characters' unique powers. After the final boss fight, the player with the highest score wins.

Overall
3.2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s no secret that I really like the Monopoly Gamer line. Aimed at fans of video games, they take Monopoly and condense it down to a fast-paced, 45-minute game. There’s Monopoly Gamer: Mario, Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart, and Monopoly: Fortnite (technically a Gamer title.) Now Hasbro also has Monopoly Gamer: Sonic.

Pros

Mario Gamer, but for Sonic fans!

Beautiful miniatures

Very thematic

Cons

Properties are hard to snatch up with such large movement numbers

It’s mostly the same as previous Monopoly Gamer titles

Full Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Review

It’s no secret that I really like the Monopoly Gamer line. Aimed at fans of video games, they take Monopoly and condense it down to a fast-paced, 45-minute game. There’s Monopoly Gamer: Mario, Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart, and Monopoly: Fortnite (technically a Gamer title.) Now Hasbro also has Monopoly Gamer: Sonic.

For those who have never played a Gamer title, let me break it down for you. The board is slightly smaller than a standard Monopoly board, each “area” only having 2 properties. Every player gets a character with a unique special power and rolls two dice to move around the board. One die has numbers, and the other has icons that activate some sort of power. The goal of the game is to score the most points by the time the last boss is beaten. Every time someone passes Go they get to fight one. Once all the bosses have been gone through the game ends.

Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Heroes

There’s a bit more to it than that, but those are the basics. How is the Sonic Edition different? For one…it’s FASTER. Keeping with the theme of its video game roots, characters zoom around the board using a 6 sided die that goes from 2-7, with many of the special actions boosting the number of spaces you move ever further. This makes Monopoly Gamer: Sonic the fasted playing Gamer title clocking in around 30 minutes to complete a game.

There is a downside to all this massive movement. It is kind of hard to snag properties when you’re moving 7-12 spaces at a time. It’s not a deal-breaker, but don’t expect to be collecting much rent.

Another difference is the way bosses are fought. Whichever player activates a boss fight can pick another player to act as their sidekick. Each player rolls the die and if the numbers are equal or greater than the boss’ HP, the players win. The primary player gets a Chaos Emerald and the Boss Card, while the sidekick gets a Chao token worth points at the end of the game. Chaos Emeralds let you reroll dice during future boss battles.

Of course, if you lose the battle then Doctor Eggman gets the Chaos Emerald, giving him extra hit points during the final boss battle. It’s quite possible, though unlikely, to not beat any bosses during the course of the game.

As far as the Gamer titles go, Sonic may be my favorite, mostly due to the fast play and the boss mechanics. I’m eager to see what other characters they come out in booster packs in the near future. One of my favorite things about the Gamer line is collecting all the amazing miniatures Hasbro puts out for them.

A copy of Monopoly Gamer: Sonic was provided free for review by Hasbro

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