Monopoly! There’s no better board game you can play with your friends and/or family when you want to spend a good few hours locked in a bitter class struggle until one person eventually emerges as both as tycoon and a victor. Better still, there’s been some fantastic editions of Monopoly through the years and we took a look at some of the best.
If you are both alive and reading this right now, odds are that you’ve at least heard of Monopoly the board game before. It’s over a hundred years old, is well known for taking hours to finish a game and is almost guaranteed to upset the relationship between your and your family or friends at least once. For a game based around buying up real estate and being the ‘winner’ by earning the most money and making your associates bankrupt, it’s ironic that the game actually was invented to demonstrate the opposite agenda.
Monopoly originated in 1903 as a method of demonstrating to the public that, as the economic theories and tax policies of Henry George were promoting, an economy which rewards the creation of wealth would be an ultimately better scenario than an economy that allows monopolists who seek to dominate their relevant markets. A couple of decades later, the original board game version of Monopoly was published in 1935 by Parker Brothers. It has since gone on to be locally licensed in over 103 countries and made in over thirty-seven languages.
As the years have gone on, more and more licensed versions of the game have come into existence, especially in more recent years. These days, you can find a version of Monopoly themed around almost any large-scale movie, TV show or video game. In fact, it’s such a cultural phenomenon and a touchstone of the 20th century that when a form of media grows in popularity enough to warrant the creation of its own Monopoly board, it’s seen as a sign of major success.
So what better way to spend a few hours barely keeping your rage in check when the person next to you lands on the one space you needed to complete a set of real estate? Well, why not do that with a board entirely themed after Game of Thrones, Transformers, Pokémon, The Avengers or something else! Not only will all the place names be different but you’ll even get to fight over which one of the little theme-specific metal pieces you get to play as. I call Optimus Prime, though.
So let’s take a look at the 14 best versions of Monopoly available to buy right now.
Well, we kind of have to start with the version of the game that started it all, right? The classic edition of Monopoly is available in the imaginatively titled Monopoly Classic Edition. This version brings it all back to basics and emulates the original 1935 version of the game as closely as possible. That means all spaces, artwork and metal pieces are replicas of the original board game, which is superb is you want to have yourselves a ‘control’ game of Monopoly before experimenting with some of the weird and wonderful licensed versions seen further down on this list.
Pokémon Monopoly Kanto Edition
In the Pokémon edition of Monopoly, specifically this Kanto-themed version, you get to pick from a set of little metal Pokémon to play as. Everyone is going to want to be metal Pikachu but come on, let’s not forget the fact that little metal Psyduck is right there. There’s also a Pokémon Monopoly Johto Edition out there in the wild, too, but it’s a little less nostalgic than this Kanto version, which is some good fun straight out of the Game Boy era.
Game of Thrones Monopoly
Everyone’s favourite sex-and-gore-laden HBO show, Game of Thrones has its own version of Monopoly. This edition features, unsurprisingly, spaces all themed around locations in and around Westeros and tokens designed after dragon eggs, White Walkers, the infamous crown of kings and direwolfs, and the Iron Throne itself, among others. It’s even got a little scroll thingy and all the ‘hotels’ are now keeps and castles. Neat.
Disney Classic Monopoly
Disney Classic Monopoly offers up players the chance to experience A Whole New World of Monopoly. Choose from tokens including the Genie’s lamp from Aladdin, Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast, the creepy circus tent from Dumbo, Captain Hook’s ship from Peter Pan, Cinderella’s glass slipper, and more. With a whole bunch of spaces themed after appropriately Disney-themed locations and events from a range of Disney movies from 1995 and before. This one is for the older crowd of Disney fanatics, for sure but it’s a nostalgia-trip guaranteed.
Adventure Time Monopoly
There are few TV shows out there that are more seemingly esoteric and borderline psychedelic than Adventure Time. It’s weird, it’s sometimes uncomfortable, it’s surprisingly deep and it’s absolutely fantastic. If you consider yourself a fan of Adventure Time, you’re probably going to want this edition, which comes with tokens representing characters and objects from the world of the show. Plus, even the Amazon page for this version has a bullet point that calls it ‘Best Gift’. I mean, who can argue with that.
Nintendo time! It was only a matter of time before Mario and co. found their way onto the mean streets of Monopoly boards. Pieces here represent stars and mushrooms from Mario, the Master Sword from Zelda, Samus’ helmet from Metroid, and more. This is essentially the Super Smash Bros. of slow-paced, financially themed board games. The board itself is a little basic but it covers all the Nintendo bases you’d expect.
This one is a weird one. Avengers Monopoly features this absolutely bizarre rounded board and a host of other changes. It’s designed with younger players in mind and offers up a more streamlined experience, making it one of the few versions of Monopoly that won’t take upwards of five hours to finish one game. Possibly best for family game nights or sleepovers, this Avengers themed board is one of the more unique ones on our list.
The Fallout video game series has been around long enough now that it shouldn’t be super surprising that it now has its own Monopoly edition. Between the faux-50s Americana style the games have and the rabid, hugely loyal fanbase the whole series has, Fallout has a lot to offer. Of course, you’ll get to play as a little token of the smiling Vault Boy mascot we’ve all come to know and love as well as build your own post-apocalyptical empire.
The Legend of Zelda Monopoly
Not satisfied with appearing in the previously mentioned Nintendo Monopoly, Link shows up in his own version of the legendary board game. The Legend of Zelda Monopoly is crafted with a high standard of design and looks visually stunning, to say the least. Everything from the trinkets to the fake money to the chance cards are all sepia toned and made to look like they’ve come straight from Hyrule. It’s a must-own for any die-hard Zelda fan, for sure.
World of Warcraft Monopoly
Speaking of die-hard fans, there are none more devoted than fans of World of Warcarft. Now, they can showcase their passion for the world’s larger online multiplayer game with its very own bespoke Monopoly edition. Everything, as you may have figured out by now, is themed after locations, events, characters and trinkets from all over Azeroth. Everything in this set is highly-detailed and it’s clear that a lot of care and attention was given when making this for the horde.
Assassin’s Creed Monopoly
Speaking of long running video games, the Assassin’s Creed series has been around long enough now to have transitioned between console generations and seen over ten entries. That’s not counting this Monopoly edition, that is. This set features locales, as well as timelines, from each of the Assassin’s Creed games from the first up until Unity. Trinkets, of course, are made from each of the games’ main assassin protagonists. But yes, you’ll end up fighting over who gets to be Ezio. There’s also a separate Assassin’s Creed Syndicate edition if you like everything to be a bit cockney Victorian London.
Here we go, now we’re talking about some serious 80’s nostalgia. Transformers Monopoly is thankfully based on the 80s animated series rather than the more recent Michael Bay movies which we will speak no more of. With tokens representing a range of Autobots and Decepticons to play as, it’s down to you to save the universe, which apparently consists of making other Transformers bankrupt and buying up intergalactic real estate.
Of course this exists. Of course.
There you go, that’s our trip down the long road of licensed Monopoly boards and some of our absolute favourite thing-specific editions of the game itself. Do you have any favourites of your own? Give us a shout over on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll see about getting them added to this list!