Some honesty at last. The Monopoly Cheaters Edition.
There are hundreds of special editions of Monopoly, everyone’s favourite capitalist bastard board game. There have been town and city versions from places all over the world, and Star Wars and Disney versions. Now, Hasbro has topped the lot by announcing the all-new Monopoly Cheaters Edition .
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Monopoly Cheaters Edition is set to hit shops later in the year – this one’s got Christmas hit written all over it – and will apparently the same rules as most of the other versions. The aim, as ever, is to be the player with the most cash come the end of the game, but this time there’s an added twist – players are encouraged to cheat throughout.
This version has 15 bonus cards included in the box, all of which ask players to complete a crafty, underhanded task during gameplay. Apparently, these can range from taking money from the bank to moving someone else’s token on your turn. If the player completes said task, they receive rewards such as extra cash or free properties, but if they get caught, players may have to hand over money or wind up handcuffed to the board game in jail. Yes, the new version even comes with its own handcuff.
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“A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they’ve been craving all along – a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating,” Jonathan Berkowitz, the senior vice president of Hasbro gaming told website INSIDER.
Ironically, this could be the most honest version of the game ever released. If you’ve haven’t got a half-inched wad of pink £500 notes stashed away, you’re not playing it right, quite frankly.
Sorry Nan, but we’ve been dodging your Park Lane rent on Christmas afternoon for bloody years.