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Anti-Monopoly Board Game

3.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Anti-Monopoly from University Games is a fresh twist on the classic game of real estate
  • Choose a side: will you be a monopolist or a free market competitor?
  • Includes game board, metal playing pieces, cards and play money
  • For 2 - 4 players, ages 8 and up
  • University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
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Anti-Monopoly from University Games is a fun update of the classic game invented by Elizabeth Magie 100 years ago. It's a twist right out of the headlines, as free market competitors clash with ruthless monopolists. In Anti-Monopoly, you must choose a side before the game begins. Will you be a monopolist or a free market competitor? The two types of players follow different rules in their quest for big money. This idea of movement and choice makes Anti-Monopoly the first game of its kind. Includes game board, cards, play money and metal playing pieces. Suitable for 2 - 4 players age 8 and up. Made in the USA. University Games offers you and your family original ways to have fun. Creative gameplay and quality components are our standard. We know that people want to play right away, so our games are easy to learn. Our games keep all players involved, even when it’s not their turn. The games combine luck and skill and present a new challenge each time you play. And all University Games products make learning fun. Spend time with us and you can have a great time with your family, get to know the neighbors, entertain your friends, and even learn to read.

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Anti-Monopoly Board Game, by University Games, is The Real Estate Trading Game for the 21st Century. This game is an update of the "monopoly" folk game invented 100 years ago by Elizabeth Magie. Free-market competitors clash with ruthless monopolist. Competitors charge fair rent, create supply and demand and can end a price war. Monopolists are greedy, charge high rents, restrict supply, but can go to prison for price fixing. The players follow different rules, depending on their status, in their quest for big money and real estate.

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  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0007Q1J9I
  • Item model number: 1851
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,223 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Perhaps there is a trick to this game that I am missing, but so far I have found it immensely frustrating. The concept is that you either play as a Monopolist or a Competitor. It is very difficult to win when playing as a competitor, because the rents you charge are much lower, although you pay the same amount as the monopolist for everything. For example, the railroads cost $200, both of you have to pay that amount. The competitor charges $20 rent. If the competitor owns all four railroads, he still only charges $20 rent. However, if the monopolist buys all four railroads, he charges $320 rent. Considering you only receive $100 for passing Go, landing on a railroad could bankrupt you if you are the competitor.

As far as property is concerned, you both still pay the same to own a property, and you pay the same amount for houses and hotels. However, the competitor charges much less rent. For a property with three houses, a competitor may charge $25, while a monopolist will charge $50. As a competitor, you never make back as much money as you spend.

The first four or five times we played this game, the monopolist easily won. The last time we played it, the competitor managed to survive, and the game was "balanced". Then all we did was exchange money back and forth--competitor lands on my property, he pays me. I land on his, I pay him. There was no real way to win the game at that point. The game went on for at least two hours, and I have never been so bored playing a game in my life. We thought if we kept playing the game, we would get better at it and it would become more enjoyable. I think the most enjoyable part of this game would be watching it burn.
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If you are a person that likes the original Monopoly, pass on this game. This has to be the most boring, frustrating thing I have done since I played hide and go seek with a blind guy. Dude sucked at that game. If there is excitement to be had here I must have missed it.

How it works:
In Anti-monopoly, the players are split into 2 different factions. The Monopolists, which I will, from this point further, refer to as the winners, and the Competitors, or losers. Everyone starts with the same amount of money and can spend the money on houses or "apartments" (aka hotels). I played the banker and about the time I finished counting and distributing the money the fun ended.
Losers don't have to wait until all of that color property is owned to start building houses. All they need is 1 property and they can start building. But the downside is that no matter how many houses are on a property, the losers only charge a flat amount for rent. Whereas the winners can charge crazy amounts for having houses on a property but the winners can't buy houses until the majority of property of that color is owned. If this sounds confusing, its because it is.
Players run out of money way to freaking fast in this game. After about 15 minutes most of us had less than $100 left of the starting $1500. Need more money? No worries just pawn your properties to the bank at 0% interest! That is the best deal ever. Its like a payday loan but without the hassle of getting your legs broken when you fail to pay the interest. Another sure fire way to get more money, get randomly selected at the beginning of the game to be a Monopolist.

How to win:
Play as a Monopolist.

Take my word for it, avoid this game.
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I purchased this game for a friends large family who play games very often and recently had an opportunity to play it with them. We played on the short game rules as it was running late which has you play for a set amount of time, and then uses a unique scoring mechanism. It calculates your value by one giving you a percentage of your cash on hand, then two having a theoretical person visit every property on the board (so you collect rent once from every property with the hotels etc. calculated in.)

As a monopoly enthusiast who rarely loses I decided to take on the challenge of competitor which they had stated it is impossible to win as. I played an aggressive game making some very lopsided (in my favor) trades in others time of need and by the end had a large set of properties along with a number of houses / hotels, but even with all that out of the 5 players the 3 monopolists had the highest scores then the two competitors. There is just no way to make more then you spend on properties as a competitor, and if you just sit on the cash for the most part the monopolist still wins.

This game has a great idea, but I have to assume its trying to spread a political message about monopolies rather then be a game. Whats the point of a game where you know who is going to win or lose after the very first round where you determine who is a monopolist / competitor? Possibly with some reworking on the rules it could be a good game but I cannot figure out what would need to be done, I'll just play Monopoly instead.
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Reading about the game, I was pretty excited to play.

Opening the box, I was really surprised with the finish of the game. After a 10 year legal battle to get the game out, I expected batter quality. Super generic plastic playing pieces, the font, line thickness, colors, and even layout of the board looks as though it was all thrown together at the last second. The cards (equivalent of chance) were again low quality and worse, not well thought out.

The idea behind the changes sounds great but I was just disappointed that after working on this for over 10 years the creator didn't bother to polish the end product.
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