Excerpt: Nintendo have just released Boom Street in Australia and although the cover looks like some strange version of Mario Party, it's actually far from it. Boom Street is a virtual board game that is oozing with Nintendo goodness that combines elements from popular games such as Monopoly and the Game of Life which creates an interactive board game experience on your TV.
Excerpt: We all love Mario in our house. And on a rare occasion, we dig out the old Monopoly board for a round of tears and tantrums (and that's just me.) So the chance to play a game that's a mixture of the two was greeted with whoops of excitement...
Excerpt: When someone described Boom Street to me as "Monopoly with Nintendo characters", I wasn’t exactly excited to try it. Actually, saying that something’s similar to Monopoly is among the quickest ways to completely unsell me on a game’s concept. In my eyes, the world renowned boardgame of real estate magnates is less of a game and more of a teaching tool that can be used to have kids learn some basic, far-reaching principles which get used in other games.
Conclusion: + Perfect for players of all ages. + Great four player multiplayer fun. + More strategic than most party games. - Waiting for computer players to take their turns. - Having to play alone to unlock everything. - Board game haters will likely get bored.
Excerpt: Boom Street is the latest attempt to bring a board game experience to the video game medium and it's not a bad effort. It's actually the ninth game in the Itadaki Street series, a range of games that have been released by Enix and then Square Enix ever since the NES days, but this is the first one to be released in the UK.
Conclusion: An obscure yet engrossing multiplayer game that makes a nice change from Mario Party and Monopoly. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but for the strategic Mario fan, this makes for quite a fun evening.
Pros: Impressive and wide selection of boards., Deep experience., Lots of replayability.
Cons: Pacing may be too slow for some., Can be overwhelming at first., Minigames are quite poor.
Conclusion: In Japan Itafaki Street, a Monopoly like game has been very successful over the since its initial release on Famicon back in 1991. Now the game hits Europe for the first time under the name Boom Street . Boom Street resembles Monopoly in many ways. Players are placed on a board, and one after another they roll the dice and make their way around the board. The board in turn is divided into districts, and in different places you can acquire unowned property.
Pros: Engaging, interesting district and stock system that creates variation, gets the competitive juices flowing.
Cons: Can get a little complex for the youngest, not much fun to play on your own.