On sale in the United States on July 1, the Monopoly Voice Banking game negates the need for the traditional paper money and features voice technology in order to complete the game8217;s major functions.
Now, instead of having to count your cash to make a purchase or pay rent on a property, a player can simply push the button on their token to connect to the microphone-enabled Top Hat speaker and say 8220;Buy St. James Place8221; and the cash will be taken from their account.
Mr Monopoly will also remember who owns what, so if a player issues a command like 8220;Pay Rent on Marvin Gardens,8221; it8217;ll deposit the correct player8217;s account while also removing it from there renter8217;s.
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There8217;s also no more Chance or Community Chest cards, with Mr. Monopoly – aka Rich Uncle Pennybags – handling all that too. You can also press the token button to check your balance and the top hat will respond to you in kind.
As well as bringing the Parker Brothers8217; game into the era of Siri and Alexa, Hasbro reckons this will speed up the gameplay as well, perhaps trimming hours off those epic battles where people refuse to quit and mortgage kidneys in order to survive.
Of course, it8217;s all going to be largely dependent on the effectiveness of the voice recognition. If players find it necessary to repeat themselves in order to help Mr Monopoly understand, then things could become a darn sight slower and even more frustrating.
There8217;s also privacy in mind, with the Mr Monopoly AI assistant stored locally, meaning there8217;s no need to connect to the Wi-Fi network. This is particularly prevalent given the game is commonly played by children.