Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Monopoly is all about buying property. Two or more players purchase squares on the board relating to houses, hotels and estates. Participants landing on locations owned by another player have to pay rent - selling their own property if they don't have the cash.
CHANCE and COMMUNITY CHEST squares add a random element with fines to be paid, windfalls to receive and jail sentences to endure, and all in the name of Real Estate. The winner is the person with the most money and property - the monopoly!
Novel extras sprucing up the Sega game include graphic sequences of houses being built, player's tokens going to jail and moving round the board.
Up to ten players can take part, any of which can be a computer opponent playing at one of three skill levels. A time limit can be set and games stored for later play. Apart from these options, play follows the board game's rules.
Sega Monopoly is a welcome addition to the console's software range and should please those into the board game.
Mega Cartridge: £19.95
The board is basic, when you consider the Sega's capabilities, and the graphics of the stationary playing pieces are eyestrainingly small. The graphic extras are attractive, with good definition and use of colour, but no more than average in comparison with Thunder Blade or Kenseiden. Fortunately the feel of the board game remains.