Thursday’s thoughts – Memories of playing the Monopoly board game with my son, pondering the new cashless voice-activated Monopoly, and our wish list of fun Monopoly variations.
Let’s talk Monopoly!
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I’ve been pretty much confined to the couch since surgery. In addition to having been non-weightbearing for weeks, I’ve also been encouraged to keep my foot elevated. So I’ve been here on the couch. One of the things I’ve been doing to pass the time is play the Monopoly board game with my oldest son so let’s talk Monopoly!.
Monopoly is a favorite board game for both of us.
We play with three house rules.
#1 Double Cash On Go – If you land on the Go spot during play you collect $400 instead of the usual $200. You do not get to collect double if you are sent to the Go spot.
#2 Free Parking – Anytime you have to pay a tax, fine or fee (so basically anything you have to pay except rent), that money goes into the middle of the board. Anyone that lands on the Free Parking spot gets to collect all of the money in the middle of that board.
#3 Negotiating – We’ve always played with the ability to negotiate. We can negotiate property trading. We can also negotiate if a person is short on cash.
My oldest loves to play Monopoly. When you play Monopoly with him you can bet your bottom dollar that he’s out to win. While he is competitive, he’s also just into the fun. So, while he will totally plot to have a monopoly on both sides of at least one corner of the board, he’s also willing to take a get out of jail free card if you’re short on cash and you land on his hotel.
I have many memories of playing Monopoly with him, more than I can even count. I know I laughed every time.
Recently Hasbro announced that they are releasing Monopoly Voice Banking, a cashless voice-activated version of the popular board game. I love Hasbro and Monopoly but reading the announcement made me a little sad.
This new version of the classic board game comes with no cash. That’s right, no cash. Mr Monopoly (the voice inside the top hat that sits in the center of the board) is the banker in this game, he controls all of the money and properties.
The game can be played by two to four people ages 8 and older, which is a change from the customary max number of players being six. Each player gets one of the four green tokens – T Rex, cat, dog and race car – and a reference card containing commands that can be given to Mr Monopoly. Each of the four players has a corresponding button on the top of the top hat. When a player takes their turn they do roll the dice and move their piece. Then if they want to buy, auction, pay rent, get a balance or collect money for passing go they have to tell Mr Monopoly. Mr Monopoly can also answer certain questions like “who’s winning?”.
A voice activated top hat banker and the lack of cash aren’t the only things you’ll have to adjust to in this new version. Some spaces are no longer there. Connective, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Atlantic, and Pacific Avenue are gone. Railroads are no longer for sale. Utilities are gone. There’s no Community Chest.
If I am interpreting the product description and articles I’ve read correctly, I believe that this new version means an end to house rules and negotiating. To me that’s a bummer.
I doubt I will purchase the new voice activated version, it just doesn’t speak to me. I’d rather spend my time and money picking up some of the fun variations of Monopoly. Have you ever played one of the Monopoly variations? Some are rather similar and others way different. Here’s a wish list containing the Monopoly variations that we’d love to have.
Monopoly Disney Theme Park Edition III – Monopoly® Disney Theme Park Edition III Game lets you relive the excitement of all your favorite attractions at Disney Theme Parks — from The Haunted Mansion® attraction to the Disney Monorail — with this very special edition of the classic Monopoly® board game. Magic Mirror and Sorcerers Hat cards might make your dreams come true or they might bring an unexpected trip to jail. Use your Wishes wisely to collect the deeds to Disney Theme Park attractions; increase their value by adding Mickeys Toontown houses and Disney castles on your way to victory! Contents: Gameboard, 8 collectible Disney game pieces, 28 attraction deed cards, 32 Mickeys Toontown houses, 12 Disney castles, 32 game cards, 7 denominations of Wishes, Disney-themed play money
Monopoly Pokemon Kanto Edition – Partner with Pikachu and friends in Pokemon Monopoly! Travel through all eight gyms and battle all kinds of Pokemon in the Pokemon Kanto Edition of Monopoly. Buy, sell and trade with other trainers to collect the most powerful Pokemon team!
Monopoly Pokémon Johto Edition – Join Pikachu and friends on a monopolizing adventure. In MONOPOLY Pokémon: Johto Edition, you’ll set forth on a Pokémon-themed quest to own it all with your favorite characters like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Pikachu, Pichu, Togepi, and more! This beloved board game has been transformed into the Pokémon region of Johto. Traditional houses and hotels are transformed into Poké Marts and Pokémon Centers, while Poké, Great, Ultra, and Master Balls have replaced the traditional railroad spaces, and there are other exciting changes as well!
Monopoly Super Mario Brothers – The Super Mario Bros. Collector’s edition of Monopoly allows players to buy, sell and trade locations from the eight worlds featured in the classic 8-bit version of the 1985 video game. Custom 8-bit styled game pieces complete this 8-bit classic styled Monopoly game with an original Super Mario Bros. Twist. Ages 8+ players 2-6.
Monopoly Nintendo – Now You’re Playing With Power. No controllers are necessary as you join forces with Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Kirby and your other favorite characters on a quest to defeat your opponents and own it all. The most recognizable and coveted characters in the video game industry have teamed up to bring you the Nintendo Collector’s Edition of the world’s most popular board game, MONOPOLY. Now you can buy, sell and trade your favorite Nintendo characters in an effort to own and control every Nintendo video game franchise. From everyone’s favorite red-capped plumber, Mario, to barrel-tossing Donkey Kong to cute Yoshi, they’re all up for grabs in this exciting, fun-filled adventure. Are you game? Game comes complete with 6 new collectible tokens including Star, Samus’ Helmet, Pikman’s Rocket, Mushroom, Zelda’s Sword and Gyroid.
Monopoly Gamer Edition – It’s the Monopoly board game with a Nintendo twist as it joins forces with beloved Nintendo characters. Instead of standard Monopoly tokens, the Monopoly Gamer edition features Super Mario characters, each with their own unique powers. Buy property, pay rent and battle for points! The game ends when Bowser has been defeated. Player with the highest score wins!
Monopoly Gamer Mario Kart – This sequel to the Monopoly Gamer board game joins forces with Nintendo Mario Kart characters and elements. Winning in this game is all about winning races! Players choose their Nintendo Mario Kart character token and move around the Mario Kart themed gameboard, competing to win races and end up with the highest score to win.
Monopoly The Legend Of Zelda – Courage, wisdom and power will be yours as you travel through time in this special Collector’s Edition of The Legend of Zelda Monopoly. Players buy, sell and trade iconic locations throughout the land of Hyrule.
Monopoly National Parks Edition – Celebrate the beauty of America’s National Park system with MONOPOLY: National Parks Edition. The game features over 60 of the most beautiful and historic sites in America from the stunning landscape of the Grand Canyon to the awe inspiring wonder of Yellowstone. Also featured in the game are the animals that have captured our hearts and curiosity and call the national parks home. Journey into the heart of America without ever leaving home with MONOPOLY: National Parks Edition.
Monopoly Disney The Lion King – Celebrate Simba’s journey to become King with this Monopoly: the Lion King edition game. Players move around the game board as their favorite Lion King character, buying as many pride lands themed properties as they can. The game board features artwork inspired by the Lion King motion picture And comes with 6 character tokens.
Monopoly Toy Story – The fun and strategy of Monopoly meets the charm of the popular Toy Story movies! Players can choose to play as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Jessie, Alien, or Rex. As they journey around the gameboard they can visit some favorite places featured in the Toy Story films such as Andy’s Room, Al’s Toy Barn, and even the Claw Machine. Players can also try their luck with Andy’s Toy Chest cards and Birthday cards (replacing Chance and Community Chest cards).
Monopoly QUEEN Edition – Tour the amazing gig history of queen, from their very first at imperial college in 1970 to their last with Freddie mercury at knebworth park in 1986. Tour the world with the band and buy gig locations and hit singles. Build staging blocks then upgrade to full productions and watch the rent come pouring in. Take your chances with a kind of magic and in the lap of the gods cards as you tour the board as one of the iconic queen bespoke tokens. You can own it all!. The world’s favourite family board game brings you another exciting edition of monopoly – queen Choose your favourite bespoke token, tour your favourite gigs and records and accumulate fortunes, but watch out for taxes, jail and bankruptcy Advance to Wembley, Hyde park, the forum Los Angeles – will you owe rent or reap the rewards? Build staging blocks and full productions and trade your way to success The fast-dealing property trading game is fun for the whole family
AC/DC Monopoly – There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ when one of the world’s best -selling bands teams up with the world’s most popular board game to bring you the ultimate AC/DC experience. The AC/DC Collector’s Edition Monopoly celebrates The Rock N Roll Dream with some of the greatest rock music of the 20th century and beyond.
The funny thing about Monopoly variations is that there are so many of them. For as many variations that we’d like to have, there are double or triple as many that aren’t on our wish list. And who knows how many there are that we don’t know of!
Do you and your family like to play Monopoly?