Because we should: Monopoly game to use Google Maps

by Mark R

monopolycitystreets-thumb-634x286-23590 There are so many versions of the Monopoly Board Game based on movies like Star Wars or other entertainment franchises. Practically every major university has a version of it. Since I went to Washington State University, I play Wazzuoploy.

However, just when you think the Monopoly board game has been done to death, Hasbro comes along and breathes new life to it with Monopoly City Streets.

This version of Monopoly doesn’t require renaming the original names of properties their franchise equivalents. In this version, the player is using Google maps, and buying properties on real streets.

Instead of starting off with the $1500 that the traditional Monopoly game player starts with, players of Monopoly City Streets start with $3 million. Of course, that probably won’t go far in the big city.

This screenshot above raises a few questions. For example, I can’t help but notice that there are no spaces. I also couldn’t see any player pieces like the die-cast metal car or that shoe that no one ever wants to play. I see no jail, railroads, or Free Parking. (Of course, in the big city, there really is no such thing as free parking.)

In other words, it looks like someone took the traditional rules of Monopoly and threw them out the window. You can see this for yourself in a few days on its September 9th release date, but you might be too busy playing Beatles Rock Band.

5 reviews or comments

roy Says: September 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

We need a Google Earth / Sim City mashup!

Dr KL Says: September 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

I finally managed to get into Monopoly City Streets. When the servers weren’t down it looked like it could be fun. I managed to snag a few streets in the downtown of my home city but it took FOREVER.

There’s another game where you claim territory on a Google Map called Parallel Kingdom. It’s more of an RPG but you claim territory by building flags and it uses the GPS in the iPhone. I think you can get it on Android phones too. I’ve been playing it for a few months already. I’m pretty sure its still free in iTunes.

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