Pros: Teaches object of money, can fascinate any dinosaur lover!
Cons: Fossils can get lost, Mom & kids may not be able to pronounce the words.
My 6 1/2 year old son has the regular Monoply Junior, but he was never very happy with it. Last Christmas I saw Monopoly had a new junior game out titled Dig 'N Dinos and since he has a fascination with dinosaurs, I figured he would enjoy this game. He was so thrilled when he opened the package and saw it was a game about dinosaurs, and was even more estatic because the game came with 16 dinosaur bio cards. Each card gives a picture and useful information on each dinosaur. But that was just an added bonus, and the cards do become helpful while playing the game.
The Dig 'N Dinos board is set up like a your typical monopoly board. Of course there is no "board walk" or "jail" but instead there are other squares that relate to the dinosaurs.
What comes with the game?
With Monopoly Jr's Dig 'N Dinos you get the game board with 32 squares on it, dinosaur related monopoly money, a deck of 24 chance cards, 4 Paleontologists (in other words, this is the person you are during the game), 1 die, the dinosaur bio cards, and 48 fossils. The fossils are used just as the houses and hotels are used in regular monopoly.
As with any monopoly game, the object is to try and get as many properties as you can and to be the one with the most money at the end of the game. As soon as 1 player runs out of money, the game ends, and the person with the most money is declared the winner.
The game board
The game board has 32 squares and it also includes your "GO" square that you collect $200 each time you pass it. Instead of a "jail" and a "go to jail" square, you get the "Tar Pits." In lui of a free parking spot, you get a "Dig 'N Dinos funds" square. The other squares are dinosaurs and they are color connected by their species. The smaller dinosaurs appear first on the game board, and the larger dinosaurs, such as T-Rex appear last. You also have your "Chance" squares which makes you pick a card from the chance cards, and you also have 4 squares that allow to roll again if you land on them.
Start of the game!
When you first start the game, you pick what color person you will be. You then take 10 fossils that match your color. The extras that are left get put aside, since you will not be needing any extra fossils.
And of course the banker then needs to hand out the money. The exact denominations are listed in the directions.
How do I play?
The first time I played this game with my son, I was confused. I thought the directions were kind of hard for a 6 year old, but after a few games, both my son and I got the hang of it.
Like the other games, you roll the die and move your Paleontologist that many squares. If you land on a dinosaur square, you must pay the banker how much is listed in that square. Providing there isn't a fossil on it. When you pay the banker, you will then be allowed to put one of your fossils on that square.
If the square you landed on already has someone elses fossil on it, you must pay that person the amount of money shown. If the person has a fossil on both dinosaurs of that color, then you must pay double the original amount.
Sometimes the chance card will tell you that you get a "Free Fossil." It will show you what square you get a free fossil on. If there is a fossil already on that square, and they do not own both colors, then you can kick them off of the square and replace the fossil with your own fossil. This happens to be my sons favorite part of the game.
Each time you have to "Go to the Tar Pits" you have to pay money into the "Dig 'N Dinos fund." If a person lands on the funds square, they get to pocket the money that is there.
All of the dinosaurs listed on here are all in history books and they all can be found on the web if you needed to look for them. Even though some of the names of these dinosaurs are hard to pronounce, that has never stopped my son from learning about them. Each time you land on a dinosaur square, you can pick one of the biography cards to read and learn more about that certain dinosaur.
If your child is into games and dinosaurs, then I highly recommend this game for them. It not only promotes learning about history, but promotes reading and the object of money. And who knows, your child may learn to pronounce these big dinosaur words better than you can.