A special release exclusive to Evolution Gaming, Monopoly Live was created in cooperation with Hasbro Inc, the owners of the Monopoly brand. The game has a unique format of a live online game show and, obviously, it was based on the world’s most famous board game. Also, Monopoly Live has a lot of similarities with Evolution’s Live Dream Catcher, as it also features an enormous money wheel. In fact, it can be defined as a special edition of Dream Catcher with an augmented reality 3D bonus game, an authentic feature that defines the nature and the appeal of this unique live casino game.
Monopoly Live boasts an extravagant studio which is Monopoly-branded; it even has a virtual Mr. Monopoly sitting on the side, reading the newspaper, sipping tea or simply observing what’s happening, until the time is right for him to spring into action and go on one of his celebrated adventures. The game also relies on a live host who spins the money wheel, animates the players and also interacts with them directly through live chat, commenting on some of the funniest, or otherwise interesting, messages.
Much like in Live Dream Catcher, the gameplay revolves around the huge money wheel with 54 segments. The rules and proceedings are simple enough: before the host/hostess spins the wheel, the players are invited to place bets on their desired segments (one or more), watch the wheel go round and round and pay attention to the moment when it comes to rest. Then, all players will know if they have prizes to collect. Regular bets include wagers on simple numbers 1, 2, 5 and 10 (no 20 or 40 segments like in Dream Catcher). These segments deliver multipliers of 1x, 2x, 5x and 10x bet amount.
The wheel also contains special segments, namely Chance, 2 Rolls and 4 Rolls. If the pointer indicates the Chance segment, and there are players who have placed their bets on it, they will receive a card with a cash prize or a multiplier bonus. For a multiplier bonus, all player bets remain in place and the wheel is put in motion again. Should the wheel stop on another multiplier, the won multiplier from before will be multiplied by the indicated number and then applied and paid.
Players who place their wagers on 2 Rolls and 4 Rolls segments have a chance to take part in a stunning and lucrative augmented reality 3D bonus game. For the bonus to be triggered, the wheel needs to stop on the 2 Roll/4 Roll segment. Mr. Monopoly jumps out of his chair, the dice are rolled (2 or 4 times) and he will move along a 3D board straight from the Monopoly world. Mr. Monopoly will collect multipliers of various sizes, depending on the properties he stops on.
Evolution Gaming Monopoly Live looks gorgeous, and it is sort of a spectacle above else. The game itself is rather basic and it runs like any other money wheel gambling game. However, the accent here is on the Monopoly charm, and the developers tried to incorporate as many Monopoly-based elements and features as possible. The return rates may not be as high on some bets as we’d like, but Monopoly Live makes it up with its ‘wow’ factor.