We all know somebody who’s guilty of stealing a bit of extra cash during a game of Monopoly (and the rest) – well for them, their lucky day is here.
For those who’ve tried to avoid paying rent on Park Lane and Mayfair (guilty), then this is the game for you.
This year, Hasbro is releasing a special ‘cheaters’ edition of the famous board game.
Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro, told INSIDER:
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.
So how do you play the cheaters’ version? Well, the object of the game is still to be the player with the most money at the end of the game.
This edition, players get away with cheating as many times as they can during game play – sounds reasonable.
It means players can skip extra spaces after rolling the dice to avoid squares they don’t want to land on, they can actively try to avoid paying rent, and slip a few extra bills from the bank when no one’s looking.
Tick, tick, tick.
As well as the standard Community Chest and Chance cards, the Cheater’s Edition will also come with 15 cheat cards.
At any point of the game, there will be five cheat cards in the middle of the board which players can try to fulfill at any point of the game.
Here’s a list of some of the cheats in the game:
- 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
If a player gets away with a cheat, they’re not punished, they’re rewarded.
However, if they get caught, there are consequences – and on the back of the cheat cards there’s a list of rewards and punishments for each cheat.
For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker.
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.
On the board, a few of the spaces have been ‘hacked’ by cheaters, with several spaces having designated prices on them.
For example, if you’re the first to land on what’s called Pennsylvania Avenue, you don’t need to pay for it, because it’s marked as free.
So if you’ve never been good at the game – or if you’re a massive cheat – this version is probably 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.
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 available in the fall for $19.99 for ages eight and up.