This may be the best five dollars I've ever spent on family fun ($5.24, to be exact). Our family of five consists of me, my wife, and our three sons (ages 13, 8, and 3). Imagine, for a moment, what game night looks like with that age distribution ... I'll give you parents a second to recover from the bout of terror and/or pity that may have caused :-)
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I picked out this game with the help of my Monopoly-loving 8-year old. We unpacked and began to play it when we got home and ... immediate success! A couple things stood out right away:
1. It was easy to learn. We were playing, effectively and enjoyably, within five minutes of taking the cards out of the box.
2. Prior knowledge of Monopoly (the board game) is not necessary to understand and enjoy Monopoly Deal (the card game). While it will give you context, it doesn't really matter in terms of playing the game.
3. It attracts a crowd. No sooner had we finished our first game than we started a second (we liked it that much), and then our 13-year old wanted to join in. He loved it too. Then my wife wanted to join.
Overall, great game at a great price. If you're looking for an easy way to hang out with your family and have some friendly competition, this will do the trick very well. You won't be disappointed. Only point of caution is that it probably takes at least a 7-year old to play it properly: it's not complicated, but there's just enough strategy to where you need someone able to think ahead a little bit. Again though, once you're at that age, it's enjoyable into your teens, 20s, 30s, and beyond.
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Amount Paid (US$): 5.24
Type of Toy: Game
Age Range of Child: Whole Family