You know, it's funny because every time my kids bring this game out to play, I kind of groan. I mean, it can just take so long and we rarely actually finish the game. But, then I remind myself of all the benefits of the game. If you use the classic version, it teaches kids how to count money, and I take it a step further by making them count it out to me PROPERLY, not like cashiers do it these days. It also teaches kids the importance of not spreading their money too thin. How many times have you "gone broke" playing the game because you bought too many properties too soon? Or developed properties too quickly? That's a life lesson that our kids need to learn. It's a great game - even if you don't "finish" the game.