WMS is the king of the hill when it comes to Monopoly slot games at the moment and we will never shy away from the opportunity to sample more of their reel-based delights. We already have the likes of Monopoly Big Event reviewed and ready to play here on the site and today it is the turn of Monopoly Once Around Deluxe to give players a reason to get excited. The Monopoly licence has passed around the hands of developers on various occasions, but we are yet to see a game that we would consider as being bad. With WMS at the wheel, we cannot see that changing any time soon so let’s see exactly what this apparently Deluxe game has in store.
What to Expect
Some of the Monopoly slot games that we have seen over the years have been unbelievably complex affairs that perhaps do not translate all that well to mobile screens. However, we were pleased to see that Monopoly Once Around Deluxe keeps things relatively simple, both in terms of gameplay and features. Indeed, fifteen win lines are not going to provide much of a barrier to the action for any kind of player and it all takes place on the most conventional of boards – which happens to be packed with some stunning themed symbols. Of particular interest is Rich Uncle Pennybags himself, who fills in as a wild card when he lands within his golden frame. The Community Chest and Chance cards are also helpful as they are both scatters that pay when they land in view, even if that is not in a standard winning combination.
Before you get spinning on the board – which is tempting given how easy it is – you might also want to consider the Bonus Bet, which is a popular sight on WMS mobile slots like Aftershock Frenzy and Boulder Bucks. Rather than being a fixed bet, players are instead given the chance to pay to build houses and hotels on the various board properties, essentially backing themselves to land on them during the bonus round for bigger returns. We have not got this down to an exact science yet, so it is probably best to see how you feel at the time before getting involved with this particular option!
Anyway, the bonus round is active whether you have a Bonus Bet in play or not, and it becomes available to players when they land the Rich Uncle Pennybags with dice symbol. First, you will need to choose your token – we always go with the dog and always will. Then, you can decide on any Bonus Bets that you want to place on the board, and then we are off to the races. The dice will roll and you will be off on one circuit around the board, with cash being collected for every property that you land on. Fortunately, the game will not take cash away from you at any point, with the income tax squares basically serving as blanks. The Monopoly Once Around Deluxe name indicates that you do indeed only get one go around the board, but the game may at some points randomly take it upon itself to offer players one more go around. That must be the Deluxe part!
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We love the board game that inspired this slot, and the most important takeaway is the fact that Monopoly Once Around Deluxe is probably the slot game that comes closest to replicating the real thing. We are always slightly disappointed when we review a Monopoly mobile slot that does not give players a chance to actually have a go on the main board, but there are no such issues here. The presentation is first class and the base game is fun enough to make pursuing the main bonus an entertaining endeavour. This game is in the upper echelons of the Monopoly series and we are happy to recommend it.