I cannot remember when I first got this board game; it was quite a few years ago and it was given to me as a birthday present. From the first time I played it, I decided it was my favourite version of Monopoly. I even prefer it to the original and will still play this one at the age of 19 even though its Pokemon.
It is full of colour which is perfect for children. It is nice to look at and the original monopoly squares have been cleverly changed to fit in with Pokemon. The board is a good size, it can be folded into 1/4 which makes it easier to travel with if you were to take it away without the original box. The board is a decent thickness and mine is still in very good condition after all these years.
The money notes are brightly coloured and have Ash Ketchum in the middle of them. They are a bit thicker compared to some older monopoly games I have tried where the money is so flimsy like paper that they could rip at any moment. I do not have a single rip in my monopoly money but one or two notes are slightly bent due to me not putting them away. Anyway, the quality of the money is very good as well is the board.
Instead of chance and community chest, there are professor oak cards and trainer cards. There are a lot of these, and they can be picked up by landing on the squares on the board. They can also be picked up if you have a four or five.
The properties have been kept the same colour as the original if I am right, but have pictures on each of a Pokemon and each have a town name from Pokemon. The train stations are changed to pokeballs and the electric/water have been changed to zapdos and articuno the legendary birds. Go to jail has changed to team rocket.
The houses and hotels are now poke-centres (see through blue) and poke-marts (see through red). They look nice and can be stacked but the dice will still knock them over.
The instruction booklet:
It is rather thin which is a good thing as it is straight to the point and is very easy to understand. You may need to refer to it when playing because you get the chance to use moves when you get a double. A double one means you can teleport anywhere on the board of your choice, two means collect £200, three means take £50 off each player, four is draw a professor oak card, five is draw a trainer card and six is roll the dice with another player to battle for one of their properties.
The game itself is a lot more fun and gets players more involved at taking eachother out compared to some other Monopoly versions. The characters you can use; which I think are very well made for how small they are; are charmander, blastoise, bulbasaur, clefairy, mewtwo and pikachu.
The only thing I would want to change is being able to have a couple more poke-marts and centres.