Handmark Inc.’s Monopoly

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SETUP

   Setup of Monopoly is extremely

simple. Simply download the executable file

and run it on your desktop PC. Installation

is automatic.

PROGRAM

FEATURES

    Handmark has done

a good job of faithfully bringing Monopoly to

the Pocket PC. All of the rules from the board

game are kept intact. I was even glad to see

that they offered variations to the rules.

   

Title Screen

Game Board

The

interface is quite intuitive. There is a game

menu at the top that is activated by tapping

the menu tab. This menu includes the Game

submenu, the Actions submenu, and the Help

submenu.

   

Game Menu

Actions Menu

   

Help Menu – just the rules…

The

game can be played against up to 3 other players,

computer or human. There is a ‘beam’ game function

that I was unable to test, but I assume you

could play against another over IR.

   

Up to four players

Land on income tax…

   

10% or 200?

Just so you know what’s

going on!

   

2 different animations while the piece

is moving

Nice Interface

Handmark

has already developed one version of Monopoly,

and that for the Palm. Some of the user interface

was a little bit awkward, making me think

that perhaps much of what we have on the Pocket

PC version is just a transfer of their Palm

version to Pocket PC. For example, the menu

does not have the ‘look’ or ‘feel’ of a standard

Windows CE menu. Don’t get me wrong – this

is quite okay. It just sometimes felt a little

bit awkward to me.

   

Preferences Dialog Box

Change the rules to your liking

Something

I really enjoyed about this version of Monopoly

was the abiility to completely turn off all

the bells and whistles so that I could play

a quick game in about 10 minutes! Imagine

playing a game of Monopoly, with four players,

in 10 minutes! (My grandmother still calls

Monopoly ‘Monotony’ because of the time it

takes to play the board game). The computer

handles all the dice throwing and the bank

so you can really fly around the board. I

recently purchased the official port of the

board game Risk to desktop PC’s and was extremely

disappointed. They tried to do too much, without

the option of streamlining for quick computer

play. Why would I play a board game on a PC

if there is no advantage against playing it

… on a board? To Handmark’s credit, they

did a good job in this area with Monopoly

for the Pocket PC.

   

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