Why I love Monopoly

Monopoly is one board game that never makes you bored. The simple reason is that it is a game that teaches you about business strategy that will help you achieve great things in the real world. It quickens your thinking and analyzing abilities and leads you to up your game with each move.

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The basic impression anyone who is new to the game or who watches the game being played gets is that it is a fantastical situation of being a real estate tycoon. One might say that it is about making money and creating a monopoly. While both of these are true, it is important to understand that there is much more to the game than making money or buying real estate. There are ways for you to develop and think out of the box, which differentiates it from other games.

  • You always have options. You can enter into partnerships, give commissions, earn commissions and work your way towards building your empire and gaining control.
  • You do not always have to play alone. You have plenty of chances to socialize with players unlike in a game like chess where you will be a lone player fighting to keep his place.
  • While there are many options to create partnerships with other players, there is always the ongoing competition among players. It is the competition itself which induces you to enter into a business deal with your biggest enemy sometimes so that the rivalry is negated and your positions are made equal in the market.
  • The importance of cash is always highlighted throughout the game. While you may want to invest in big pieces of land you will always need to have cash in your business.
  • It is more or less a real world investment situation and it hones your skills. It teaches you how to think and how to find the easiest and most efficient ways to grow and how to make clever investment decisions.
  • You will learn about your negotiation skills and how to negotiate with others from different backgrounds, possessing different real estate.

A certain part of it may actually depend on the luck of the player but once you start focusing on your investments and how to best utilize them, you would be hooked on Monopoly.

While there is an element of complexity in the game, mainly the decision-making process, there is a level of simplicity as well. Any new user can understand the game easily as long as they are of a business mind and possesses common sense.

By the end of one game a player would know what made him lose and the winner win. This realization is important and is not seen in other board games. The players will know where they went wrong and what they could have done to be more successful. This realization which makes them prepare better for future games and even life decisions is invaluable and most useful from a board game like Monopoly.