As big fans of the board game in question, we have always been thrilled with just how many different Monopoly slots there are out there online and at mobile casinos for us to enjoy. Sure, there have been ups and downs in the various selections due to licensing and other issues, but there has always been at least a couple of different games to play, and seemingly always something new on the way. This month, we get the chance to play something different courtesy of Barcrest and it is time to see whether Monopoly – Bring the House Down, can live up to the inevitable hype.
What to Expect
Given what we have seen across the likes of Sweet 27 and The Wizard of Oz – Road to Emerald City recently, we half expected this game to be a three-reel slot for classic fans – although at least the pub slots players would have been pretty happy with that! As it turns out, there are five reels here and it is actually bigger than expected. The four rows of symbols only tell half of the story, as they are complemented by enhanced win lines too, with forty of them on offer here. The symbols that players will be looking to line up across these lines are pretty standard by all accounts, with standard playing card icons being joined by the board pieces that are now pretty iconic in their own right.
The wild card is represented by the green house from the board game, but it does not land on the board in the conventional manner. Instead, players will be making use of the Hot Zone, which is a pattern of multiple wilds that may or may not land on the board in full. The houses can randomly be upgraded to hotels too, which will see a multiplier being added to them, making them even more valuable than before. The Hot Zones can also be influenced by the Selector feature, which will see various patterns flashing up on the board. Players have three seconds in which to decide whether to accept or reject the offer and there is no telling when the feature might end, which results in the current Zone being awarded as standard.
Another random feature in the base game is the Chance Card, and players have three cards to choose from. They each contain another Hot Zone pattern and the chosen one is immediately added on to the board.
The main feature on Monopoly – Bring the House Down is the free spins round, and it is triggered when a Monopoly logo scatter lands on reels one, three and five at the same time. Eight free spins are awarded and all wild houses and hotels that land on the board will remain in their position until the end of the round, making it somewhat unsurprising that further spins cannot be won from within the round itself.
Finally, players also have the chance to make use of the old Barcrest favourite, that being the Big Bet. Players can purchase five spins in advance, for between £20 and £50, and the higher their stake, the more Community Chest cards they can pick from for added boosts on their spin package. These cards can guarantee that wild houses will become hotels, will convert the spins to win spins, may remove the playing card icons from the board, keep scatters in view for the full set of spins, add more spins or award an instant win.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
The only downside to Monopoly – Bring the House Down is that we never get the chance to actually travel around the Monopoly board, which has always been one of our favourite elements of games like this one. Nevertheless, the other features and extras are pretty comprehensive and there is plenty to enjoy about this game. We will be going back to it again, although only for standard play – we will leave the Big Bet action to those that like to go big with a high-risk high-reward strategy!