Monopoly will release cheaters edition of board game
Here's how the Cheaters Edition of Monopoly looks. It comes with a handcuff! Hasbro
- Hasbro is releasing a special "Cheater's Edition" of Friday, June 1, 2019.
- The twist on the classic game encourages fans to cheat during gameplay.
- The Cheater's Edition comes with 15 cheat cards which ask players to carry out tasks throughout the game.
- These can range from taking money from the bank to moving someone else's token on your turn.
- If successful, players will get rewards like extra cash or free properties to help them get further in the game.
- If they're caught, players may have to hand over money or wind up handcuffed to the board game in jail.
If you've ever tried to sneak some extra cash from the bank at Monopoly or have tried to avoid paying rent when landing on Park Place, then we have good news. There's a version of the game for you.
On Friday, June 1, Hasbro is releasing a special cheater's edition of the game.
Here's how the box for the Cheater's Edition looks. Hasbro
"A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2019, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along - a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating," Jonathan Berkowitz, Senior Vice President of Hasbro gaming tells INSIDER.
(You can see the top ways Hasbro says fans cheat at Monopoly here.)
The object of the game is still to be the player with the most money at the game's end, but it may be a little tougher to accomplish. The Cheater's Edition will ask players to get away with cheating as many times as they can during game play. That means players can skip spaces, try to avoid paying rent, and slip a few extra bills from the bank when no one's looking.
How does that work?
In addition to Community Chest and Chance cards, the Cheater's Edition also comes with a stack of 15 cheat cards.
During any point in the game, five cheat cards are placed in the middle of the board which players can try to fulfill at any point of the game.
Here's how the setup of the Cheater's Edition looks with the cheat cards on the board. Hasbro
The cards ask players to complete a number of tasks during gameplay, if they wish to do so.
Some of the cheats include:
- 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 0 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
Here are all of the ways you can cheat in the new Monopoly game. Kirsten Acuna/INSIDER
If a player succeeds at any given task, they get rewarded. On the flip side, if they get caught, there are consequences. The back of the cheat cards list specific rewards and punishments for each cheat.
The best case scenario is that you may wind up with some free money or property to help you get ahead in the game. If you get caught, you could wind up in jail and wearing a handcuff that leaves you chained to the game.
This is the handcuff you have to wear if you get caught cheating during gameplay. Hasbro
Here's a look at all of the cheat cards:
Here's a closer look at all of the cheat cards and the rewards and punishments on the back of each card. Kirsten Acuna/INSIDER
It seems like it could be pretty tough to swipe some extra money from the bank under the eye of a watchful banker, right? Well, the Cheater's Edition changes that up, too.
"For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker," says Berkowitz. "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 of 'cheats' such as a the Bank Heist."
If the 15 cheat cards aren't enough for you, the game's instructions invite fans to go into full cheater mode where they're encouraged to "cheat all you want," as long as you can get away with it.
The rules included with the Cheater's version of Monopoly offer one more challenge for fans. Kirsten Acuna/INSIDER
That's not the only thing that's different about this game.
If you take a close look at the game board, a few of the spaces have been "hacked" by cheaters. Several spaces have designated prices on them.
If you're the first to land on Pennsylvania Avenue, you don't need to pay for it. The property is free for the taking.
Cheaters "hacked" the game board so several of the spaces around the board are cheaper than what you would normally pay for them. Hasbro Here's a closer look at the Pennsylvania Ave. space. Hasbro
That's not all — Take a close look at the tokens.
It's not just the board game and cards that have been transformed. So have the iconic tokens.
Notice anything different about the six tokens that come with the game? Kirsten Acuna/INSIDER
The hat, car, T. rex, dog, penguin, and cat tokens have all gotten in on the cheating theme, too. Each of the six tokens have different names and and are illustrated executing their favorite Monopoly cheat.
Look closely at the penguin and he's wearing business attire and carrying a suitcase filled with money. The top hat is stashing some cash under its brim. The T. rex has a little extending arm.
The outside of the Cheater's Edition box has fun names and favorite cheats assigned to each of the game's classic tokens. Token images: Courtesy Hasbro, composite: Kirsten Acuna/INSIDER
If you've never been good at Monopoly, this version of the game may give you a leg up as long as you're a sly competitor.
"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," says Berkowitz. "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 is available now for .99 for ages eight and up.
Video: Monopoly Cheaters Edition Board Game - Rules and Review | Hasbro Toys & Games
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