During the Great Depression of the 1930s Charles Brace Darrow lost his job just like millions of others. And like millions of others Darrow passed some of his unexpected free time playing board games. He decided to create one of his own based on a homemade game he played with neighbors involving the buying and selling of property. He went to Atlantic City, New Jersey and started jotting down names for properties. He sold his game called Monopoly to Parker Brothers and became the first millionaire game developer in history. His estate is probably still earning royalties when companies like International Game Technology license Monopoly for mobile games like Monopoly Dream Life.
This is a five-reel slots game with 20 fixed paylines. If you manage your property smartly you could wheel and deal in the bonus rounds into big money.
All the familiar trappings of the board game are on display, played against the background of a stylized Monopoly board. The symbols are game tokens, of course. The hat, the dog, the battleship. Rich Uncle Pennybags gets an expanded role in Monopoly Dream Life. He acts as host to your mobile slots adventure and is also seen speeding in a race car, winning at blackjack and navigating a sailboat. The soundtrack interjects the hustle and bustle of city commerce into the action.
You can play from one to 50 coins with a betting range twenty times that amount. The basic play during Monopoly Dream Life is energized by the presence of Stacked Wilds (Bags of Money) on the same reel and the intervention of Free Fall symbols that offer the chance for back-to-back wins. Any time there is a win the payout symbols vanish from the reels and new symbols fall from the top to take their place and bring another reward.
The chance to really break this Monopoly is during the Dream Life Bonus feature. Pennybags is at the center of it all. His appearance in his white-suit doing his best Colonel Sanders impression on Reels 2, 3 or 4 sends you to his man cave for a little game of Monopoly. Pennybags lays out 16 property cards face down on a table before you, with eight sets of two-color card matches. The game master invites you to select four. As you go you can send two into a discard tray if you think you can make a better match after seeing their values flash on the screen.
The better your properties are and the more matches you make, the more free spins you earn up to a total of 16. These bonus turns are wild-symbol rich and payouts are sweeter but there is no re-triggerings of free spins. Pennybags didn’t get to be that rich by giving away the whole store.