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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

There are 2,249 versions of the game Monopoly, as of January 25, 2019

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Holy versions Batman! 🦇👨🏻


I recently have seen some rather interesting versions of this popular board game being produced


I am not talking about the different themed games such as:

> Disney

> Pokemon

> Star Wars

> The Simpsons

> Stranger Things

> Rick and Morty

> etc. etc. etc...


I am talking about the differences in the way that you play the game 🧩


The following is discusses these differences.

 

Monopoly is a board game currently published by Hasbro. In the game, players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game board, buying and trading properties, and developing them with houses and hotels. Players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. ~Wikipedia


The board game Monopoly has its origin in the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord's Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902. ~Wikipedia


I was a fan of the game when I was a youth, but have since steered away from game play as average sessions tend to be HOURS long and likely result in exchanges of foul language.  Some of the more serious game players might even throw some bows in an altercation.


I recently have seen some rather interesting versions of the game being produced, which sparked my interest for this review.

In general, you can see an interesting pattern of version in line with the evolving and trending pop culture.


Monopoly

As a time marker, the OG version of this gameboard, by Hasbro, was released in 1933.  


Anti-Monopoly

1973: This game is based on the idea  to end monopolistic practices and involves lawyers, lawsuits, and social-credits.  Sounds a bit serious, but an interesting time. There are also 3 other editions (Anti-Monopoly II, Anti-Monopoly III: Washington-Moskau, Anti-Monopoly Lexus-Edition.


Monopoly Junior

1990: This is marketed as “My First Monopoly Game” for ages 5+.  This one is very similar to the original game but more kid friendly.  The playing pieces are more colorful and the game is quick so it doesn’t last 12+ hours.


Make Your Own OPOLY

I like this one, this one is creative.  It comes with a blank board, blank money, and blank property cards.  It also comes with a CD and floppy disk which shows it age, created in 1998


Monopoly Electronic Banking

2007: Everyone in this game is provided with a card, used as a credit card.  The banker is in charge of a POS type of device that is used to then take the payments from the players via their cards.


Monopoly Deal Card Game

2008: This one is not bad, it is basically the same game but swap the board with cards.  It is a nice alternative for a portable experience. There is also a more recent version released in 2014 which claims to only be 15 minutes.


U-Build Monopoly 

2010: This has a bit of a Settlers of Catan vibe to it, visually.  Hex pieces are arranged to create different courses, which determine the duration of the game.  The rules are basically the same, but it is nice to be able to control the board.


Monopoly Ultimate Banking

2016: This one is very similar to Electronic Banking, except your purchases go through contactless payment systems instead of the old school swipe technology.


Monopoly for Millennials

2018: Instead of collecting as much cash as possible, players are challenged to rack up the most Experiences to win. Travel around the gameboard discovering and visiting cool places to eat, shop, and relax. (I kinda wanna buy this one)


Monopoly Cheaters Edition

2018: This game is for ages 8+.  What are we teaching our kids here!? Fake a die roll, steal some bills from the bank, and even skip out on rent. Complete a cheat to get a reward, but fail a cheat and pay the consequences!


Monopoly Voice Banking

2018: This one doesn’t even have money!! They straight up took away ALL physical forms of money and you ‘pay’ by talking to an Amazon Echo like device "Mr. Monopoly".

A pretty cool site I found for board game information, BoardGameGeek, which is an online forum for board game hobbyists to include over 101,000 reviews, images, and videos.  Check it out!


Do you still play the popular board game Monopoly?  What is your favorite version?


Happy Learning!!

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