Just because you're a lion doesn't mean you have a monopoly over the Pride Lands. See how many familiar The Lion King movie places you can buy up when you play The Lion King Monopoly. In this version, players move around the game board as their favorite Lion King character buying up Pride Lands properties, paying rent on others, and trying not to go bankrupt. But instead of building houses and hotels, you're placing Grubs and upgrading to Beetles. The last player with money after everybody else is out wins.
You can play as Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba, or Scar. Each of these metal game tokens has a shiny gold finish. The character tokens move around the gameboard, which looks a little different in this version. It features artwork inspired by The Lion King movie, and all of the properties are of memorable moments and locations from the movie, such as Sunrise, Elephant Graveyard, Stampede, and Slimy Yet Satisfying. Properties also include four Animal Herds and two Advisors (Rafiki and Zazu). The rent you pay on Advisor spaces is all up to the roll of the dice.
Instead of Chance and Community Chest cards, this version uses Destiny cards. There is a Pride Rock music unit that slides over the "Go" space and holds the Destiny cards. It also plays music when you press the button, which you can do along with collecting $200 every time you pass "Go".
The game still has similarities with the original. You can still get sent to jail and there is still a Free Parking space.
If you're a fan of Monopoly and The Lion King, then this will be a fun themed game to add to your next game night. Fans will enjoy visiting and buying up familiar places and themes from the movie, and hearing the music from "Circle of Life" play each time they pass "Go". In terms of gameplay, there aren't too many things different from the original, so this is a game that you'll easily be able to sit down and start playing. You really don't have to learn anything new for this version.
Lion King Monopoly is for two to six players ages 8 and up. Fans of The Lion King will especially enjoy this themed version.
Two AAA batteries are included, but they power the in-store try-me features, so you might want to replace them before you play for best results.
2 AAA batteries required
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