posted by marsupial311 (LAS VEGAS, NV) Dec 7, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Fortune Street is basically Monopoly with some more complex forms of economics added in. The goal is to go around the board and collect properties in "districts" while simultaneously collected the four "suits" scattered across the board. The more of a district you own, the more your properties are worth. In addition, you can invest in your properties to increase the fee opponents play and buy stocks to increase the value of a district. Add in "Venture Cards" for random effects and you have a solid board game.
The single player mode is the way to unlock new characters but can get incredibly bland at times. This game was not designed to be played alone so if you don't have a few friends that are also interested in the game, it's probably not worth the time. Once you play the multiplayer, the strategy increases and diplomacy comes into play. Much like any other board game, your ability to convince your friends to help you is a major skill and leads to longer lasting replay value.
Unfortunately, Nintendo continues to shoot itself in the foot with the online capabilities of the Wii. For a game that is a blast with other people, the online portion is still frustrating when playing against random people who will frequently drop out of games long before they are finished. I would not recommend online play unless you have friends to play with.
Fortune Street is definitely an "easy to learn, difficult to master" style of board game. The concepts are fairly easy to pick up (I didn't use the tutorial, which may have some sweet tips I'm missing out on) but putting them into action effectively takes a bit of practice. If you're expecting Mario Party or a lot of action packed mini-games, you won't find them in this game. Fortune Street is a pretty good multiplayer board game experience on the Wii. If you're looking for a game that involves a slower pace and a lot of strategy, Fortune Street is definitely worth a look.