In this interpretation of the world's most successful board game, each piece has special voice acting, as does your host, Mr. Monopoly himself. Play on the classic board, one themed around a famous city (the European version includes several localized layouts, with local currencies including the Euro), or create your own custom board with its own names and pictures.
The game faithfully recreates the board game but adding several different views of the board, 3D pieces with move animations (such as a truck literally carting you off to jail) and clever (?) quips from the pieces. Many rules can be customised - number of turns in jail, Free Parking Jackpot, number of houses required before a hotel can be bought, and the like. A status screen shows statistics on the current state of play.
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Since 1935 more than 160 million copies of the world's most popular board game have been sold and over 480 million people have played Parker Brothers' classic game. The sixty-one year old game maintains its status as the world's favorite board game, with over 2 million copies sold last year.
Since the first Monopoly game rolled off the Parker Brothers' assembly line in the U.S., the Monopoly Brand has grown to include:
Monopoly Standard Edition - the familiar red and white boxed game that's sold more than 160 million copies worldwide.
Monopoly Deluxe Edition - a premium edition with unique features like the title deed card carousel, wooden houses and hotels, and a bonus token, the ever-popular locomotive.
Monopoly JR - Monopoly JR features an amusement park themed board and friendlier property prices and rents that use smaller denominations of money.
Monopoly JR Travel - a portable, self-contained game for family trips.
Express Monopoly Card Game - a fast paced card game in which "tycoons" compete to collect four-card monopolies.
Licensed products - from city editions of the Monopoly game to Monopoly beach towels and a Monopoly wristwatch featuring Rich Uncle Pennybags.
Today, Monopoly games are available in 75 countries and in 26 languages including: Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovenian, Swedish and Turkish. Some of the foreign editions' game boards are customized to reflect local properties and landmarks. For example, Boardwalk becomes Mayfair in the United Kingdom, Rue de la Paix in France, Paseo del Prado in Spain and Kalverstrat in Holland.
The Monopoly game was first sold outside of the United States in the United Kingdom. Currently, the top
-five countries for Monopoly game sales are: The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany.
During World War II, escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany, with real money for escapees slipped into packs of Monopoly game money.
In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.
At the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, all six sets of the Monopoly game that were on display mysteriously disappeared!
In 1996, the winner of the World Monopoly Game Championship in Monte Carlo won a Rich Uncle Pennybags-fashioned top hat filled with $15,140 (US), the amount of money in a Monopoly game, and a silver trophy.