When it comes to card games, we've stumbled upon a game that is now our number one family favourite: Monopoly Deal. I've never been much of a Monopoly fan (unlike Mr R) and I probably only played a couple of times in my life, so I was a bit wary of this. But I was looking for a card game that would be a step up from Uno, something portable, in English with enough of a challenge to keep all of us entertained. With 146 reviews on Amazon and an average of 5 stars, this seemed like a safe bet.
A more straightforward version of the board game, luck and strategy mean that we all have a chance of winning - if we play our cards right. The level of difficulty is just right for a family - not too hard for the seven year old, not a walkover for the 38 year old. A game lasts about 15 minutes and provided you have a table (or floor) to spread the cards on, it can be played anywhere - the deck of cards is no bigger than a deck of standard playing cards (I'm getting heartily fed up of opening up a new game to find that it's 60% packaging, designed and constructed to justify the price - we're running out of space in our "compact and bijou" flat!).
Mr R and Puce are already working on new strategy variations, so this is a game that is likely to be with us for a while! Probably the best £7 I've spent in a long while...