We have all tried to cheat at Monopoly, right? Swiped a few extra dollars from the bank when you passed GO, have you? Or perhaps you’ve skipped a space or two to avoid landing where you really didn’t want to? We know you have, don’t try to lie! And, more importantly, the toy company Hasbro, who manufactures Monopoly, knows you have. And they have decided that your misbehavior deserves to be rewarded. Which is why they have now released a special edition of the popular board game designed especially for cheaters.
“A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed 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,” senior vice president of Hasbro, Jonathan Berkowitz, told INSIDER.
So what’s so special about this cheaters’ version? Well, you still win by being the richest player at the end of the game. However, you’re encouraged to cheat as much as you possibly can, but you have to be careful not to get caught. Getting away with your criminal activities gets you a reward, but being caught gets you a punishment.
Apart from the Community Chest and Chance cards, this edition features 15 extra cheat cards. These cards will give the player certain tasks (which involve cheating, obviously) that they have to do during the game. If they manage to successfully accomplish their mission they will be awarded extra cash or free properties. However, if they fail to go unnoticed, then they’ll either have to pay up or end up handcuffed in jail. And when we say ‘handcuffed’, we mean actually handcuffed to the board with actual plastic handcuffs.
Here are some of the cheats the game asks you to perform:
- Stealing money from the bank
- Placing a hotel on one of your pieces of property
- Removing a hotel from someone else’s property
- Taking an extra $100 in Monopoly money from the bank when you pass go.
- Moving another player’s token instead of your own on your turn.
- Giving someone less money than you owe them.
- Collecting rent for someone else’s property
“For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker,” Berkowitz continued. “Players are in control of the Bank on their turn, and pass it to the next player when their turn is over, making it easier to pull off ‘cheats’, such as a the Bank Heist.”
Some of the other tweaks to the original design include spaces that have been ‘hacked’ by cheaters, which results in their prices being altered. For example, Pennsylvania Avenue is free for whoever steps on it first, and you can get Atlantic Avenue for roughly half its price.
If you have always sucked at Monopoly, or if being sneaky and deceptive is something that you enjoy rather than something that makes you break out in cold sweat, then this is definitely the game for you.
“We’ve finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments that occur during family game nights,” Berkowitz said. “We’re excited to see what fans can get away with and how they’ll react to the new sneaky twists in the game.”
The Monopoly Cheater’s Edition will be released this fall in the United States and it will cost $19.99.