12 Days of Gadgets

Came across David Pogue’s 12 Days of Gadgets the other day where he profiled a new “Zapped” version of Monopoly.  Looks pretty cool.

From the piece, “For $25, Hasbro is happy to sell you the Zapped edition of Monopoly. There is no paper money in this game. You put your iPhone or iPad in the middle of the board — and each player gets, I kid thee not, a fake credit card.  You pay or collect money from the bank electronically, just by placing your card briefly on the touch screen.

The free app takes some figuring out, and it doesn’t work on the iPad Mini. The game board is just straight-ahead cardboard; it feels a little cheap compared with the real board game’s board. And, of course, the app tracks all of your financial holdings for you — your young ones are deprived of whatever math practice the traditional Monopoly game might have afforded them.

But otherwise, this is the same old game, with cool-looking, updated game pieces and slick animation that show money flying between the two parties who have just, you know, transacted. If your lucky recipient already owns an iPhone or iPad, this is one tech gift that won’t wind up in the back of the junk drawer.”

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