The holiday season means we make an effort to spend more time with family and friends. We like to get together and watch movies and playing lots of board games. Hasbro has a tremendous selection of games for the whole family, and we love them all. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but we play Jenga and various version of Monopoly a lot. These games are timeless and can be played year after year. That been said, Hasbro released a new version of Monopoly this year, the Ultimate Banking Edition.
Monopoly has transitioned into the 21st century seamlessly and is becoming a fast paced high tech game. The new Monopoly Ultimate Banking Edition uses a tiny ATM to keep track of every last financial transaction during the game. Monopoly money is no more. Unlike previous versions where players had to manually enter dollar amounts on an awkward keypad, the Ultimate Banking Edition takes care of this task. The game comes with a compact banking unit which can quickly scan each player’s credit card, their property, and the chance cards with the special barcodes imprinted on them.
This game is so cool. When a player lands on a property and it’s available for purchase, they just need to scan their credit card, and then the property card, and the price will be automatically deducted from their available funds. It works the same if another player lands on a property with a house or hotel on it; they just scan and pay their rent quickly. By scanning both credit cards and the property card, funds can be quickly transferred between players to pay the rent.
This new version amps it up with new chance cards called Life events that can cause rents and other financial changes to fluctuate without notice. These are easy to implement thanks to the game’s much-improved electronic ultimate banking unit.
Jenga is a classic family game that’s been around since the early 70’s. The game comes with 54 hardwood Jenga blocks and you can have as many players as you like. The idea is to stack them into a sturdy tower and then gingerly pull out one block at a time without crashing the stack.
The pieces are really smooth, solid, and lightweight. It’s a great game for eye and hand coordination for both young and old. I like this game because if it gets sticky or dirty, I can wash the pieces easily. You can take it anywhere and it’s fun for all ages.
Hasbro games are a must have all year around, but especially during the holidays. They’re available online and in most big box retail stores.