Release Year: 1992 (George Bush Sr. was in office)
Developer: Sculptured Software, Inc.
I’m sure you’ve all played Monopoly but you ain’t played Monopoly like this!
Released in 1992, Monopoly for Sega Genesis is easily one of the most exciting games on the face of the planet. It plays like any other Monopoly games but also holds a few fun secrets. For the select few individuals out there who have never played this amazing piece, you are in luck. This is not just a game, it’s an experience. Let’s take this journey together.
Before even starting the game, you got to take a look at the pamphlet which promises detailed graphics in full color animation and boy do they deliver (The Last of Us, eat your heart out). Plus, this game has the benefit of added speech, the game actually says words! Note to reader: this game still features the iron game piece which has been recently replaced with the cat.
As soon as you press the Start Button the adventure begins! First you pick your players, 2-8; the whole family can enjoy! I always pick 3 players, the trick for me is to pick two computer players first then pick my name, it seems more likely that I will get to roll first which is very important!
All the computer characters seem to be rich snobs with character names such as Jeeves, Gary Cant and Betty Sue. There’s also another character named Billy Bob but he seems like a 3rd class guy so I try to avoid him. Personally I always choose Jeeves and Amanda as my opponents; they are always good competition. Finally, you pick your own name. I like to try funny names such as Ash Hole or Mike Hunt and then I always pick the Dog as my piece.
Once all options are chosen, the real game begins. Pressing ‘A’ means roll. When you do this, a large human hand floats out of nowhere and shakes the dice. What it really looks like is a person masturbating but I’ll leave that to your own imagination.
We’ve had a lot of fun discussing this exciting setup process, but once the game begins, that’s when the major headaches come into play. This is not a friendly game. The computer component cheats like a mother F’er. For instance (and I am literally playing this game as I write this), on my first roll, I got doubles and landed on a community chest. Then since I got doubles, I was able to roll again, this time I landed on the ‘just visiting’ jail title. When my third roll came I received another pair, which in Monopoly means that I actually land in jail until I can roll three times or fork up $50 bucks. Meanwhile, the other two computer players are landing on every property known to man and are controlling the board while I rot behind bars.
This is why I keep playing this game. They won’t let you win without a fight. Even if you do fight, the computer rules all. A few examples:
-If you don’t secure either Park Place or the Boardwalk (the blue properties), you are royally screwed. It’s your only hope. If one of the computer players gets one and you get the other, hit the RESET button (the RESET button!) because you are done. There is a trading screen and those two rich as hell computer players will trade every single turn until one of them gets both blue properties and the game is over. Even without a house or hotel, those properties still pull in a lot of money. (FYI: I since restarted the game and got Park Place, which is half of the duo but I know for a fact that the other computer player (Amanda) will never give it up.
-Secondly, if you are lucky enough to get a monopoly and you place houses on those properties or even hotels, that don’t mean a damn thing. Let me embellish here. If you have a monopoly and another computer player has a monopoly, you may think you’re in decent shape, but you’re not. The AI is such an evil bastard that it will roll the dice time and time again and in every instance it will avoid your monopoly (meaning that it won’t pay a dime towards you). But every time you roll, I guarantee that you will land on the AI’s monopoly and pay out the buttocks until you are bankrupt and lose the game. The AI is just a jackass like that.
But in the end, isn’t that the point? To play a game where you are anything but guaranteed to win? Since I only play the games developed from 1985 to 2000, I can only tell you what I know, which is that this is one of the hardest games to beat. There are many other great aspects of the game, some pros and cons being:
-The controls are simple
-The gameplay is challenging
-The trading screens are top of the line (for 1992)
-Fun as hell!
-It’s got speech capabilities!
-Making connections with completely made up computer characters.
-Sometimes they’ll give you a break
-The computer players are real bastards
-The rolling hand looks like it’s masturbating.
-Irritating soundtrack during gameplay
-The game is 21 years old (God, I’m old)
-Did I mention that the computer players are the spawn of the Devil?
-Need a Sega Genesis or Modification model to play.
Monopoly for Sega Genesis is fun to play but is certainly no walk in the park. That being said, I’ve played Monopoly video games for every system from Super Nintendo, to POGO and of course the classic board game, and Monopoly for the Sega Genesis is by far the most challenging and fun.
Justin Zipprich is a published/award nominated writer and actor who lives in beautiful Los Angeles with his amazing wife Kimberly. In addition to great and interesting entertainment articles, he is also the writer of several short stories, screenplays and comedy sketches.