Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Monopoly game?

After recieving a MICHIGANOPOLY - University of Michigan Monopoly Board Game for my Birthday (Hey I'm still a kid at heart, and Monopoly is a fun games for people of all ages!) I decided to look around the internet for some more information on one of my favorite board games.

MONOPOLY: Revolution Edition

In honor of Monopoly's 75th Anniversary, Hasbro is releasing MONOPOLY: Revolution Edition. What makes it new? A circular board, plastic pieces and an "electronic game pod" that plays music and keeps track of the money. So long, paper currency.


Also different are the dollar amounts: $200 for passing Go? P'shaw. That'll be $2 million, now.

You can still play as a dog or a shoe, but instead of the cool metal pieces that were actually shaped like a dog or a shoe, you get a clear plastic piece with an image of a dog or a shoe on it.

The "electronic game pod" will act as the banker (no more cheating), and will also play sounds like the rattle of a jail door closing, as well as songs both current (Rihanna's "Umbrella," Daniel Powter's "Bad Day") and classic (Elton John's "Rocket Man") according to materials provided by Hasbro.

The regular version of Monopoly will still be sold, according to a report on Gizmodo.

Monopoly fans already had a lot of choices to make. Those desperate to ditch the paper money can already pick up Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition. Then there are the numerous branded versions, such as Nintendo Monopoly, Monopoly Clone Wars (as in "Star Wars," in case you didn't know), and even the Monopoly video game for the Playstation 3. Gizmodo's John Herrman suggests that if you really want the ease of not dealing with cash, the video game route is probably the way to go.

Still, a quick perusal of the many Monopoly versions shows that the most revolutionary thing about this new edition is the round board. Look at the photo. It just looks like a different game.

MONOPOLY: Revolution Edition will be available this fall for a suggested retail price of $34.99, according to a company spokesperson.

What about you? Are you interested in this new Monopoly with a round board? Or will you be a square and stick with the old one?

Information about the MONOPOLY Board game.

Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity.

Monopoly is the most commercially-successful board game in United States history, with 485 million players worldwide. According to the BBC, Monopoly is a redesign of an earlier game "The Landlord's Game" first published by the Quaker and political activist Elizabeth Magie. The purpose of that game was to teach people how monopolies end up bankrupting the many whilst giving extraordinary wealth to one or few individuals.



* George Parker issued a memo in 1936 that was to halt the productions of the MONOPOLY® game. He later withdrew the instruction and the rest is history!

* Parker Brothers rejected the MONOPOLY® game when it was first presented to them in 1933, citing 52 fundamental playing flaws.

* More than five billion little green houses have been "built" since 1935.
* World records are maintained for the longest game in a treehouse (286) hours, underground (100 hours), in a bathtub (99 hours) and upside-down (36 hours).
* The longest MONOPOLY® game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!

* Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into MONOPOLY® game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of MONOPOLY® money.

* In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.

* Over 250 million sets of the MONOPOLY® game have been sold worldwide.

* Parker Brothers once sent an armored car with one million dollars of the MONOPOLY® game money to a marathon game in Pittsburgh that had run out of funds.

* The MONOPOLY® game is published in 27 languages, including Croatian and licensed in more than 81 countries. Thai edition of Monopoly is the newest edition, introduced at the Toys R Us store in Bangkok, in December 2005.

* In the 1970's, a Braille edition of the MONOPOLY® game was created for the visually impaired.

* The total amount of money in a standard MONOPOLY® game is $15,140.

* In 1972, the Atlantic City Commissioner of Public Works threatened to change the names of the real Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, but public outcry vetoed the bill.

* At the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, all six sets of the MONOPOLY® game that were on display mysteriously disappeared.

* Over 20 tokens have been cast since the MONOPOLY® game was introduced in 1935 such as the horse, dog, car, elephant, purse and lantern.

* A MONOPOLY game made by my friends at Alfred Dunhill, with gold houses and silver hotels, sold for $25,000.

* In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog offered a chocolate version of the game priced at $600.

* The three most-landed-on properties are Illinois Avenue. "GO" and the B&O Railroad.

* The 1983 Italian National Champion, Emilio Maltoni, learned to play the MONOPOLY® game alone by taking on the role of five players.

* The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail.

* When a player lands on an unowned property and decides not to buy it, the property goes to auction.

* There are 22 properties that can be built upon.

More information:
Monopoly (game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Play Monopoly online
Play MONOPOLY Online, a Free MONOPOLY Online Board Game | Pogo Games
Play MONOPOLY Free Online - EA Games
Play MONOPOLY ONLINE for Free- psmonopoly


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