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- The classic game of buying and selling
- For 2 to 8 players ages 8 and up
- Manufactured in United States
- Classic family board game
- A game of luck, chance, and wheeling and dealing
- Buy and sell properties in Atlantic City
- Corner parts of the board, build houses and hotels, and charge other players exorbitant rent
- Includes a new game piece and rules for a shortened version of the game
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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In 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression, an unemployed heating engineer from Pennsylvania created the game of Monopoly. Realizing that his get-rich theme might appeal to other Americans, he had the game printed and distributed in a Philadelphia department store. When he couldn't keep up with the overwhelming requests for more sets, he arranged for Parker Brothers to take over the game. And the rest, as they say, is history. But Monopoly is far from a quaint historical relic. To this day, it remains a riveting game of luck, chance, and savvy wheeling and dealing--all of which can make some lucky dog rich, rich, rich! Based on the purchase of Atlantic City real estate (a city currently renowned for its get-rich gambling opportunities), Monopoly is now printed in 26 languages with more than 200 million sets sold worldwide. Players still scoot the same beloved board pieces: the old shoe, the terrier, and the hot rod. This set also includes rules for a shortened version of the game and a new token, winner of Monopoly's recent "design a token" contest. This is capitalism at its most fun and ruthless, a must-have edition in the family game closet. --Gail HudsonSee all Product description
Safety WarningWarning: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years old.
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I regret this purchase. If you grew up playing Monopoly, you would be much, much better off buying "classic" or a used version. There are several major issues with this version, as well as some minor ones. If you buy this to teach your children one of the most beloved games of your childhood and a part of Americana, you are apt to be disappointed.
The major issues involve quality and design. The board itself no longer folds in two. It is cut to fold into quarters and barely sits level on a table. I do not hold out much hope it will last very long. The property cards are flimsy, made smaller than in the past, as well as being thinner. The Chance and Community Chest cards are also of poor quality, much thinner than their predecessors, and take on color changes, now being blue/white and orange/white, instead of the familiar yellow and orange, respectively.
The money is a big concern as well. The money is thin and there are not enough slots provided to use money in the bank during play, or to store after gameplay, and in fact there are raised areas in the plastic money tray which prevent the money from even sitting in the spaces. The raised areas are somewhat random and follow no logical pattern. So forget using the box/tray component for the bank during a game or storing money neatly. The tray is essentially useless. I have no idea what Hasbro/Parker Brothers was thinking here, and apparently neither did they.
The minor issues are some game changes: The money is different color and handed out in different amounts. Very minor, yes, but now you have to get used to $10 being blue (used to be the $50) as well as some other color changes. You are also starting the game with different amounts of money. Also the Income Tax space is now a flat $200 instead of "10% or $200", and Luxury Tax is $100, no longer $75. Again, these are minor but worth noting.
I would avoid this cheaply made version. At the very least this should be advertised as what it is - "revamped Monopoly."
But the game should not be so focused on mere "real estate." The things missing in Monopoly (then and now) are opportunities for: predatory pricing; ownership and control of the mass-media (and public opinion) by mega-corporations; cutting taxes to pump up the national debt which future players (your kids) will owe to The Bank; and clever use of armed forces to occupy and defend other countries' natural resources against foreign invasion or at least against use by local populations. Maybe those extra features could go into a future "MONOPOLY - Grand Theft Petroleum" edition?
Wonderful classic board game, but be sure Junior gets adult supervision or he'll grow up imagining that playing Monopoly is even better than "moral values."
Double check all the options in "flavors" of Monopoly (like the one with the Minions) before buying one, so that you don't end up ordering another one later :-)