Billion Road makes an intriguing pitch: to combine Monopoly and Pokémon into a family-friendly digital board game. With its bright presentation, varied mechanics, and endless barrage of distractions and rewards, it could be perfect for young families looking for some wholesome couch time. However, there's a critical lack of strategic substance underpinning it all, while the presence of a virtual guiding hand tilting the odds robs the game of the emotional extremes that the true classics manage to evoke.
For the board game enthusiast this is a true Japanese experience. Under the bright colours and ridiculous wealth being thrown around (you'll be worth billions in just an hour) lies something that has clearly been created by people who love the unique micro-cultures with Japan, and the sheer delight that you have in simply travelling across the country.
Even with a handful of mild problems, Billion Road is a fun local multiplayer board game on Switch.
Billion Road offers a unique and addictive board game-like experience for Nintendo Switch players to get stuck into, with its zany investment-based gameplay, its monster collecting antics, and its quirky mini-games and events coming together to make for a heck of a lot of fun. Add some friends into the mix in local multiplayer too and you’re in for a really, REALLY good time. I didn’t expect to have as much fun with Billion Road as I did, but I’m completely hooked – if you’re a fan of digital board games, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
Billion Road is a time consuming game full of highs and lows. The game features a lot of luck and strategy but you won’t get anywhere if you’re not thinking right. Some might find the length of games to be a hassle when playing with others so I’d definitely suggest scramble mode for the first time. The different monsters and events help it to stand out a bit more than an average board game plus you have the ability to leave it alone without taking up space on the table. I really enjoyed it but that might be because I’ve won most of the time. From my little sister: “It it super fun for all ages. The only thing I didn’t like is that it is a bit hard.”
Billion Road‘s local and online multiplayer modes capture that mercurial Monopoly spirit that’ll have someone flipping the board over and storming off in no time.