The Monopoly Stranger Things Edition from Hasbro is a themed collector-worthy version of the classic board game with details that will appeal to fans of the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things. Monopoly's classic community chest and chance cards become Walkie-Talkie and Blinking Lights cards, an ode to the characters' main forms of communicating. Houses and hotels become forts and hideouts. The four railroad spaces are replaced by four modes of transportation distinct to the show: a bike, Joyce's Car, Hopper's Patrol Car, and Hawkins Power and Light Van. Traditional Monopoly tokens are also swapped out. What makes these eight tokens particularly unique to the show is that there are doubles of the same four tokens with half being given a darker finish to represent the Upside Down, the alternate dimension where Will gets trapped in season one.
The game is played just like traditional Monopoly but there are a few hidden gems to the gameplay thrown in for fans. For example, to get out of jail you either have to roll a double, just as in traditional Monopoly, or you can roll 11. If a player also goes into debt and can't get out of it, they are now trapped in the Upside Down and out of the game.
This is a fun themed version that will appeal to fans of the Netflix show. We liked the little details, which for fans prepping to watch season two also offers a fun way to get a recap of all of the show's most memorable moments--- from the blinking lights Will used to communicate with his mom, to Steve's Pool where Barb was taken, to the Demogorgon nest, Mike's basement, and the Upside Down.
The Monopoly Stranger Things Edition is age-graded 14 and up due to the somewhat scary content of the show. However, there is nothing scary about the gameplay and we think younger kids can easily play along even if they don't understand the references.
The Monopoly Stranger Things edition is currently available exclusively at Target for the season two launch. Distribution may increase following this initial launch.
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