Do you remember game night from when you were younger? In my family, we would pull out our favorite box games, gather around the table and enjoy hours of fun and laughter. We would debate which pieces best represented each family member and we would negotiate properties as we spent hours dreaming of the world of Park Place and Boardwalk. We would pass go, collect our earnings and race towards the finish with delight in our eyes. In fact, playing games with my family is one of my favorite memories from when I was a child.
Now that I have kids of my own, I still love Family Game Night. I love to see the excitement in my children’s eyes as we all become equals in a world where strategy is everything. But, unlike when I was a child, we now have a way to play Monopoly that truly brings it to life!
You see, as my son says “Everything is digital mom!” and he’s totally right! So when I recently discovered that the Hasbro Game Channel was bringing classic board games to the screen through favorite gaming consoles, I was not surprised in the least. What I was was curious! Starting this fall, this new destination for entertainment will be available to download on Xbox One, video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. All games will also be available for download individually on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. So what does that mean? Well, we got a chance to have our own family game night on the Xbox One so that we could tell you more!
As we all sat down together to play the new interactive Monopoly Plus, we were curious to see how our favorite game made the transition to the screen. Instantly we were impressed with the vivid colors and familiar properties! There were options to play on both the original 2D Monopoly board and also on an animated 3D version that evolves as you play the game! We also had the choice of using House Rules or customizing play. We were instantly taken with the fun animation and the imaginative ways to play!
With fast paced action paired with familiar features, we were all enthralled with the game. The ability to roll the dice, move, make offers on properties and more through the Xbox One controller gave us a new sense of being in charge of our Monopoly destiny.
Yes, there may have been hoot and hollars. They also many have been memories made. Because I have to say that we fell in love with this new take on a classic that is tied to my childhood and now interwoven into my children’s as well.
Now, with the help of the Hasbro Game Channel, we’re making a whole new set of memories. We learning a whole new set of rules. And we’re watching one of our favorite games come to life in a way that makes it more fun than we could have ever imagined!
In my book, that’s a win for us all no matter who comes out victorious! So we’ll keep playing. We’ll keep challenging each other. And we’ll keep family game night fresh.
Because to us, spending time together has never been more fun!
Are you ready to bring family game night to life? Be sure to check out the Hasbro Game Channel for a new way to experience old favorites like Monopoly, Risk and Trivial Pursuit! Happy gaming!