Best Monopoly Games iMore 2021
The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903. American anti-monopolist Lizzie Magie created the "Landlord's Game," in hopes of explaining the single tax theory of Henry George. The game was designed to be an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies. The Landlord's Game developed through the hands of Magie, and then was discovered by the Darrows, who started selling a very similar game, Monopoly. It was eventually purchased by the Parker Brothers, who began selling and distributing the game in 1935. Since then, Monopoly has quickly become a household name and a favorite board game of families all over the world. Nowadays, there are a ton of different editions of Monopoly, which inspired us to create this list of the best ones.
- The OG: Monopoly Classic Game
- Oh, you fancy!: Luxury Monopoly
- Winning is for Capitalists: Monopoly Socialism
- For the kids: Monopoly Junior
- May the last player standing, win: Fortnite Monopoly
- Explore our National parks: National Parks Monopoly
- Winter is coming: Game of Thrones Monopoly
- You've got a friend in me: Toy Story Monopoly
- I just can't wait to be king: Lion King Monopoly
- Hello, it's Mario: Super Mario Bros Monopoly
- Instant transactions and cashless gameplay: Ultimate Banking Monopoly
- Where's Will?: Stranger Things Monopoly
The OG: Monopoly Classic GameStaff Pick
Buy, sell, dream, and scheme your way to riches with this classic Monopoly board game. Players buy, sell, and trade to win. Build houses and hotels on your properties and bankrupt your opponents to win it all. Chance and Community Chest cards can change everything, so don't get cocky. This gameboard includes 8 tokens, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance Cards, 16 Community Chest Cards, 32 houses, 12 hotels, 2 dice, Money Pack, and Game Guide.
Oh, you fancy!: Luxury Monopoly
This elegant two-tone wooden cabinet with burled wood veneers and decorative metal plaques is the epitome of luxurious. This Monopoly set has a recessed faux-leather rolling area with gold foil stamping and a gold foil stamped game path. It has two integrated storage drawers with die-cast handles and built-in storage. It features plated die-cast Monopoly tokens, houses, and hotels, Premium Chance, Community Chest, Title Deed cards, and Monopoly money. There's also a faux-leather Title Deed card holder with gold foil stamping for the fanciest of fancy gamers.
For the kids: Monopoly Junior
This board game features simplified gameplay for budding Monopoly fans. It showcases a cute top hat token like the one worn by Mr. Monopoly, and other fun tokens like Little Scottie, Little Hazel, and a Toy Car. It incorporates kid-friendly properties such as the movie theater, zoo, and video game arcade, and is an excellent choice for a family game night with young children.
May the last player standing, win: Fortnite Monopoly
Inspired by the popular Fortnite video game, this game is not about what the players own; it's about how long they can survive. In this edition of the classic, 2-7 players claim locations, battle their opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive; the last player standing wins. It features well-known locations as properties, and players aim to earn health point chips instead of Monopoly money to stay in the game. You can choose an outfit out of 27 Fortnite options, and players use loot chest items and the action die to battle opponents.
Explore our National parks: National Parks Monopoly
This Monopoly game board features 22 of the most popular and visited scenic United States National parks. It features artwork from over 60 National parks throughout the game and includes educational game matching animals to the parks they inhabit. You can play this in the traditional Monopoly context or do a 60-minute speed play option. It requires 2-6 players and is for ages 8+.
Winter is coming: Game of Thrones Monopoly
Based on the hit TV series from HBO: Game of Thrones, fans can travel the legendary lands of Westeros as they buy, sell, and trade locations from the seven Kingdoms in this edition of Monopoly. It features excellent house game tokens inspired by the honorary sigils of the great houses; who will you pledge your loyalty to? It includes GOT themed money and graphics, including 42 gold dragons and 53 silver stag cardboard coins. It also consists of 32 holdfasts, and 12 castles in place of houses and hotels. GOT fans will be thrilled with the iron throne cardholder and musical stand that plays the Game of Thrones theme song.
You've got a friend in me: Toy Story Monopoly
Based on the Toy Story movies, this Monopoly edition celebrates all four of the Toy Story movies with character tokens, Andy's toy chest cards, and birthday cards. Play as a favorite Toy Story friend with this set's six-character tokens: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and other memorable characters from the films. This is very similar to the classic game of Monopoly and was created for ages 8+. It was designed for 2-6 players and includes a paper toy chest for easy token storage.
I just can't wait to be king: Lion King Monopoly
This edition of Monopoly features a game board with artwork inspired by the Lion King movie. Players can imagine Simba's journey to become King. It includes six character tokens: Timon, Simba, Nala, Mufassa, Pumbaa, and Scar, and even has a Pride Rock that plays music from the feature film. The Title Deed cards feature unforgettable moments and locations from the movie, and the Destiny cards replace Chance and Community Chest.
Hello, it's Mario: Super Mario Bros Monopoly
This Super Mario Bros Monopoly edition allows players to buy, sell, and trade locations from the eight worlds featured in the classic 8-bit version of the 1985 video game. It features custom 8-bit styled game pieces. It's Monopoly with a Super Mario twist and was created for ages 8+ and 2-6 players.
Instant transactions and cashless gameplay: Ultimate Banking Monopoly
Challenge friends and family and play the Monopoly Ultimate Banking game! This game presents a modern banking version of the classic game in which Monopoly money is no more. It features an Ultimate Banking unit with touch technology, so players can instantly buy properties, set rent, and tap their way to fortune. Throughout the game, players just tap the Ultimate Banking unit, and it will automatically calculate a player's worth and even tell players if they have enough money to pay a debt or buy a property. This is the ultimate modern Monopoly experience.
Where's Will?: Stranger Things Monopoly
In this Monopoly game inspired by the Netflix original series "Stranger Things," Will Byers has gone missing. Players choose the 80s inspired token, or one ripped from the Upside Down to move around the board trying to find him. Pretend to search the town of Hawkins and buy, sell, and trade locations and vehicles from the show. The game includes Walkie-Talkie and Blinking Lights cards, replacing Community Chest and Chance, while Forts and Hideouts replace houses and hotels. Who will win the game and avoid getting trapped in the Upside Down?
Wakanda forever: Black Panther Monopoly
From the Warrior Falls Challenge Pool, to the Hall of Kings, to the Tribal Council Room in the Golden City, this Edition of Monopoly features locations and themes inspired by Marvel's Black Panther. Players can imagine exploring beautiful Wakanda with T'Challa and his people as they move around the board, trying to make as many alliances as they can. Build villages and strongholds and make moves directed by the Kimoyo Beads and Heart-shaped Herb cards. The last player with money when all the other players have gone bankrupt wins.
Cheating is the name of the game: Cheaters Monopoly
Cheating is the name of this game; just don't get caught and sent to jail! Follow, bend, or break the rules to win the Cheaters Edition of Monopoly, where cheating is an integral part of the game. Cheat cards encourage players to cheat and which "cheat" to attempt. Complete a cheat to get a reward, fail a cheat, and pay the consequences. The suggestions on the board, cards, and rules encourage cheating to own it all; the player with the most money at the end of the game wins.
May the force be with you: Star Wars The Clone Wars Monopoly
This Star Wars-themed game turns the classic into an exciting real-estate clone war. Travel around the game board buying, selling, and renting properties based on the Star Wars animated series. Scenes from the Clone Wars TV series add excitement to the overall experience as players buy, sell, and trade planets. It features settlements and cities in place of houses and hotels and offers optional Star Wars rules to add even more excitement to the game.
Who wants to be a millionaire?: Monopoly Millionaire
It's a brand new way to play the classic property trading game! Be the first to make a million dollars and win! Fortune, Chance, and Millionaire Lifestyle cards change your luck at fortune, while you collect your salary, buy sets of properties, and build houses and hotels to charge higher rent and outplay your opponents.
Own the world's top brands: Empire Monopoly
In this Empire rendition of Monopoly, players can own the world's top brands. After choosing one of the uniquely branded tokens, players move around the board and start building their empires. The game is a race to the top as players buy their favorite brands one by one and fill their towers. Players can own famous brands like Nerf, Transformers, Levi's, and more. Opponents collect rent from their rivals; the higher their tower, the more they can charge. This was created for two or more players, and the first player to fill their tower will billboards wins.
All you need is love: The Beatles Monopoly
This edition of Monopoly features The Beatles! Choose your favorite token from Strawberry Fields Forever, Here Comes the Sun, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Octopus's Garden, Rocky Raccoon, or I Am the Walrus! Visit all of your favorite songs and albums from the beloved band, but watch out for the Taxman, jail, and bankruptcy, or your fun will be cut short. When you can advance to All You Need is Love or Yellow Submarine, will you owe rent or reap the rewards?
Pass me a cold one: Brew-Opoly
This is a game for people who like to drink beer. Are you a pilsner person, a lager lover, a brown ale girl, a stout fellow, or is wheat your treat? In Brew-Opoly, buy or trade your favorite beers and increase property value by purchasing Brewpubs and Microbreweries for your monopolies. Sounds easy enough until you have to put your beer goggles on and kiss your neighbor or stand and sing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". So, choose your token and advance to Cheers. Who knows? You might be collecting money from every player for a beer run, or you may be the chosen "Beer Drinker of the Month."
Who wants a slice?: Pizza Monopoly
Who wants pizza? In this edition, players move around the gameboard, trying to buy as many types of pizza as they can. Instead of buying up properties, players aim to collect a color set, which corresponds to a kind of pizza. A full set of flavors come together to make a brand new pizza, giving those cards a higher value at the end of the game. Whoever collects the most pizza wins!
Under the sea: Ocean-Opoly
There's something fishy about Ocean-Opoly. It's all the fun of a large-scale aquarium without having to set it up or clean it. This game features all kinds of ocean life with details about each one on the backs of the Deed cards. You'll swim around the board as a crab, fish, shark, lobster, starfish, or seahorse. Collect your blocks of water and turn them in for the big fish to collect the most sand dollars and win the game.
Make your fortune
Monopoly has withstood the test of time and remains a family favorite of board gamers of all ages. We did the research, had a blast in the process, and are confident that there's a little something for everyone on this list.
Our favorite is Classic Monopoly because who doesn't love the OG? The truth is, that whether you love The Beatles:The Beatles Monopoly, you're into beer: Brew-Opoly, or you're anti-monopoly Monopoly Socialism, there's a perfect edition of Monopoly for you! Check out our carefully curated list of the best Monopoly games and why each one brings a little something special to the table. Game on!
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