Mall Madness game

by Amanda Nettgen

(USA)

Click to buy Hannah Montana - Mall Madness Game from Amazon!Click to buy Hannah Montana - Mall Madness Game from Amazon!Game:
Mall Madness game (Hannah Montana edition)
Board game manufacturer:
Milton Bradley/Hasbro
Number of players:
2-4
Ages:
9+

Quick verdict

Hannah Montana Mall Madness plays almost exactly like regular Mall Madness, except that it is geared towards Hannah Montana fans and has a corresponding theme. It should get girls who are into Hannah Montana into the board game of Mall Madness as well.

The game and gameplay

The back of the long, horizontal box is the first place to start. It reads: “Hit the stores to see what bling bling you can cha ching with the stars of the Hannah Montana show!” – which I thought was pretty funny.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!The brief description makes you think that heading to the movies or grabbing some ice cream in the game are major deals, when in fact they are not.

It’ll be another ten hours of set up like with the original game to assemble the “mall”. The building’s blueprint is the same basic layout as in the first game, except that some the store names are different and everything is painted in pastel hues.

The first order of business is to decide who will be who. Parents be warned: I imagine many fights might ensue over who gets to play as Miley. As in the original game, there are two male and two female profiles available (like any guys would play this version especially, though).

Pick up your designated shopping list, then head to the appropriate colored star parking lot. A Hannah Montana-esque voice talent from the electronic hub will guide you along the way.From there, the fundamental mission of H.M. Mall Madness game is identical to its predecessor, except for one fresh, significant edition: the Hannah Montana Buying Card. Essentially, Hannah is such a generous gal that she offers up her credit card during the game to purchasing players.

It’s a race to get to it, though, as Ms. Montana has left it sitting at the ATM (she’s obviously not worried about identity theft). Only the first moocher to get there will score it.

A partaker may use Hannah Montana’s buying card in lieu of their own game cash for one turn. Whether they completed the sale or not, the contender must return the star’s credit card to the safe haven that is the public ATM following their attempt to make a purchase.

Other players feeling the need for greed can “steal” the buying card if they pass over the space of the player who has it.

The first splurger to carry six items in their imaginary shopping bag, escape the paparazzi (or simply the mischief of fellow players) and get back to their limo in the parking lot wins.

Pros and cons

If you strip away the Hannah Montana bit, Mall Madness is a great game. It’s innovative and fun, with both luck and strategy.

The biggest con is the theme itself. Slap a brand like Hannah Montana on a game and the company’s just limited themselves to buyers who like her enough to purchase her edition of a regular game (namely, girls ages 6-15). It will annoy people who aren’t infatuated with her.

I also think having this game be sponsored by the star ups the potential materialism risk even more.

The verdict

For Hannah Montana fans only. If you’re more likely to joke about the Disney pop star than sing along to one of her songs, stick to the normal Mall Madness game.

Boardgame Beast gives Mall Madness game Hannah Montana edition three footprints out of five. Click here to leave comments and submit your OWN score for this game!

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Sep 16, 2011

WOW

by: Esther


I bought this game for my 7 year old daughter last christmas(2010). Today (16th September 2011), we played it for the very first time. I have to say, as little girls games go, i’m usually unable to play them for long, but this one…WOW….my daughter loved it and so did I-it was a pleasure to see her enjoy herself.

The game is age restricted to 8+ but i think that’s underestimating childrens’ understanding. My daughter is still 7 and she got the way it worked almost right away, without me having to explain it in too much detail.

BRAVO and THANKYOU MB Games for making my daughter smile, laugh and learn with this game…I had a great time with it too and would certainly recommend it to others.


Jan 06, 2011

best

by: sohini


best game i have ever played in my life and the best part is the electronic dice.


Jun 28, 2010

🙁 bad

by: Anonymous


BAD

thats all i have to say


Jun 28, 2010

🙁 bad

by: Anonymous


BAD

thats all i have to say


Jun 02, 2010

awsome

by: Anonymous


this is the one of the best board games that I have played


Apr 13, 2010

Pretty good

by: Anonymous


As a dad who loves board games, but finds most of his daughter’s “girl” games boring, this one was actually pretty good. (We usually play Settlers of Cataan or Carcassone)

The initial set up took 20 minutes for 3 of us working together, but after that first time, it now only takes about 10 minutes.

The games move pretty quick, only taking about 20 – 30 minutes.

We actually modified the rules a bit to make the game a little more challenging, there are six color zones and although the rules don’t say that you have to get one item from each zone, we made that a rule.

The electronic voice prompting each turn is nice.

It still comes down to more luck than strategy. You choose your moves, but after a couple of games you pretty much do the same things.

One criticism: The ATM / Hannah card could be an interesting touch to the game if players run low on funds, but on the 2nd or 3rd turn, all players are forced to go to the ATM and get enough cash that will allow them to finish the game 95% of the time.


Aug 25, 2009

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by: Anonymous


i love this game!!!!!!!!


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