What It Is
Hasbro has added something new to the classic game of Monopoly: a speed die. The game plays the same way as the original Monopoly (You still want to be the only player left in the game after everyone else has gone bankrupt.), but if you want a faster game, then use the speed die and play by the speed die rules.
At the start of the game, each player takes an extra $1,000. After you pass GO for the first time, then you can start using the speed die. Roll the speed die with the two white dice and follow the instructions for what you rolled. If you rolled a 1, 2, or 3 on the speed die, add that to the two white dice. If the speed die landed on the Bus, you can choose to move the value of one or both of the white dice. If you rolled Mr. Monopoly, move the sum of the white dice as normal and take the action for the space you land on. Then advance to the next unowned property and either buy it or put it up for auction. If there are no unowned properties left, advance to the next property owned by another player and pay rent.
Only the white dice are counted when rolling doubles. If you roll three of a kind, you can move your token to any space on the game board. If you are sent to jail during your move, your turn ends and you do not use the result of the speed die. To get out of jail, you can only roll the white dice. And roll all three die to determine the rent for a utility. Mr. Monopoly and the Bus count as zero.
The game comes with a gameboard, eight tokens, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, a pack of Monopoly money, 32 green houses, 12 red hotels, two dice, and a speed die. The game is for two to eight players.
Is It Fun?
Monopoly is a classic game that lots of people enjoy playing. But it can take a long time to finish a game. Players who want to speed things up a bit will appreciate the inclusion of the new speed die.
Who It’s For
Monopoly is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
From January 9, 2013 to February 5, 2013, Hasbro is letting fans vote for which classic Monopoly game token will "go to jail" and which new token will pass "go". Fans can visit Facebook.com/Monopoly to cast their vote to save the battleship, iron, racecar, Scottie Dog, shoe, thimble, top hat, or wheelbarrow. You can also vote for one of the new proposed tokens: cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, or helicopter. Later this year, the classic token with the fewest votes will be removed from the game and replaced with the new token that received the most votes. Monopoly games with the new token will arrive on store shelves in mid to late 2013.
Hasbro will also be releasing special Monopoly Golden Token Edition games that will include gold-colored versions of all eight classic tokens and the five new tokens included in the vote. This special edition will be available in limited quantities at Target stores starting February 15, 2013 and will retail for $17.99.
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