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Monopoly and Scrabble to go

by Shawn Barnett

Posted May 23, 2003

Can you say obsession? These classic boardgames have taken modern people late into the night with activities that exercise the mind, not just the reflexes. And now those big boards are shrunken to Palm size. Monopoly, the most popular board game in the world, is as compelling as the real version, and you can play with up to four players, or you can choose three computer-driven players of differing personalities. Most, if not all of the game's complexities are included, with property mortgaging among them. Hasbro's Scrabble is equally challenging, testing the mind's ability to draw on its vocabulary to come up with more words than the game's built-in dictionary. Just like the real game, you can shuffle your letters and plan while the other guy makes his move. Unlike Monopoly, you can either play against the computer, or play with another Palm owner via beaming. That way your tiles stay hidden from your opponent. A very cool game that will absorb hours.

-Shawn Barnett

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