Review: Fortune Street Smart (iPhone)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Saturday, June 2, 2012 | 10:40
The series, which has been Japan-only in many cases, hit a high of popularity on the Nintendo Wii with the rather brilliant Mario and Dragon Quest character collaboration. The iPhone game, though it lacks the charming characters of the Wii game contains the same core gameplay.
This means you’ll be rolling dice and moving around a Monopoly-style board, buying and selling properties just like in Monopoly. The game itself is a free download, though it only comes with a single board (and the dullest board of the lot, it must be said). A small in-app purchase brings the number of boards up to a respectable 12, though, and there’s a lot of variety in those.
Conversely, if a player needs a bit of cash, they can sell some of their shares. That drops the value of the shares for everyone, but frees up some cash for more immediate needs. So it’s a basic economic system, but it’s a compelling one, and results in a game that is far more strategic than the likes of Monopoly could ever hope to be.
Unfortunatelly there is one thing missing that the Wii game did very, very well – online multiplayer. There is local hot seat multiplayer, but this is a game you’ll be playing mostly by yourself. Then again, if you want to play online you’re probably going to be at home – may as well pick up a Wii and the superior Wii game, then.
Boards are bright and happy, and the characters, though unlicensed, are a cheerful bunch. This is the perfect travel companion – a scaled down but still full featured take on a game that provides endless entertainment to anyone who enjoys board games.
- Matt S
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