I'm a really big The Simpsons fan and have quite a good collection of Monopolies as well, I am a bit of a Monopoly collector and like to pick up versions of Monopoly that are based on things I like, and well I love the Simpsons so it was only natural when I seen this edition of Monopoly in Debenhams two years ago for £25 that I just had to pick it up and have a go.
I think that everyone is familiar with the concept of Monopoly, it's one of the best and most well known traditional board games of our generation...
But for anyone who has been living under a rock for all their lives here a quick description of the Monopoly game:
Monopoly is a board game where each player takes their turn to roll a pair of dice and move around the board square by square, when you land on a property, you can either buy it or if it is already owned by another player you have to pay them 'rent' landing on it. Each property is a different price and carries a different rent, as you progress around the board properties increase in price and rent, to increase rent of your properties you can put houses and hotels on them. The general aim of the game is to own as many properties as you can so players will have to pay you lots of rent, the game is over when everyone but the overall winner is bankrupt.
So now you are familiar with Monopoly, whats the difference between regular Monopoly and The Simpsons Edition?
Well there is ofcourse there is the new board design, the board's basic template is still the same, but the properties have been changed up a little bit so as to give the game more of an interesting twist for example you can buy Moes Bar, The Tire Yard, The Kwik-E Mart, Burns Mansion and lots of other places that are seen on the well known The Simpsons show. I think that the property changes within this version of Monopoly are very suitable and there is no doubt that any The Simpsons fan will be fit to recognise most of, if not all the properties on the board.
In the middle of the board you will find Community Chests and Chance cards, these also have been given a little bit of a spice up in their own The Simpsons Twist, an example of a Chance or Community Chest card within this version of Monopoly would be:
'Skip to Rancho Relaxo (a spa from an episode of The Simpsons and also a red property), Collect £200 if you pass Go'
'Pay $100 for income tax refund' this card has a little picture of a sad Homer emptying out his pockets which adds to the comedic effect of The Simpsons charm.
The Community Chests and Chance cards within this version keep very similar to the original Monopoly game, however the are laced with different The Simpsons references, which makes the game, in my opinion more entertaining when you are playing.
The middle of the board is also decorated quite nicely and looks like Springfield town, in the centre of the board there is a picture of Jebadiah Springfield, the famous statue and founder of Springfield from The Simpsons Show. You can also see on the board a range of different building, including one that is burning (added for the usual Simpsons comedic effect). I really liked the board that came with the Simpsons Monopoly and it is of course just as Sturdy and well put together as the original board.
The Utility cards in this game are also drawn from The Simpsons episodes, you can buy either The Nuclear Power Plant or The Springfield Dam, and ofcourse the train stations have not been left out (being the properties that I always aim to own when playing Monopoly) they are called The Odenville Monorail, The North Havenbrook Monorail, The Springfield Monorail and The Shelbyville Monorail, each of these are towns that The Simpsons fan will be familiar with as they are drawn right from the show.
The play pieces have been given their own Simpsons twist, with the usual boot, iron, boat pieces being replaced with pieces like or Homer, Kang the Alien, A Jebadiah Springfield Statue or The 3 Eyed Fish, each of these characters all have based heavily throughout the numerous seasons of The Simpsons that have entertained us for over a decade.
I think that this game was a brilliant buy for just £25 two years ago, however right now I can see it on ebay and on the internet for as cheap as £8, which is ofcourse a much better deal.
I think that this game would be perfect for The Simpsons fans who enjoy monopoly as you can see alot of effort has been made to make this game both enjoyable to play and look at but also the rules of the Original Monopoly have not been tampered with too much, giving the game some familiarity which in my opinion is a good thing.
The design and layout of this game is really easy to understand and if you are already familiar with Monopoly you should be able to pick up this game and start playing it without looking at the rules and instructions too much, this is also good in my opinion because I hate having to read instructions over and over again when I am playing different board games, the rules and concept of Monopoly is already very entertaining so I am glad they didnt change it too much.
The only thing to look out for on this game is that there are lots of little houses and hotels that can be used during gameplay, these are quite small and can get in the way of you rolling the dice when they are on properties on the board, however this is true to all Monopoly versions I have came across so far. As the houses and hotels are so small, they are very easily lost which can ruin the game, so I would advise you to try and keep track of them and keep them safe in a little plastic bag.
I really enjoyed playing this game and would give it a massive 5 out of 5 stars because it was both fun to play and interesting to look at and the novelty of buying The Simpson themed properties was a real plus for me in this game.
The Simpsons and Monopoly companies are hugely successful around the world and this game brings together two things that are both popular worldwide. One would suspect this must be a special product.
I bought this product eight years ago when I was visiting Australia. As a child, this was very appealing to buy. It was Monopoly that incorporated one of my favourite television programs at the time. I could not help to spend my money. However once I had bought it, I played it rarely until my Simpsons-mad cousins had begged to play it. It has now become some sort of tradition playing it when I see them.
The Simpson's monopoly is essentially regular monopoly with streets, money, cards and counters all Simpson's themed. The game still follows the same rules. The Simpsons monopoly box comes with an instruction booklet, houses, hotels, monopoly cards (property, chance and community chest), pewter player counters, monopoly money and of course a Simpsons themed monopoly board.
The board itself is quite charming. There is no Old Kent Road or Mayfair. These are replaced by the properties around Springfield. One can now purchase Moe's Bar, Kwik-E-Mart, Krustylu Studios and Burn's Manor. By including Springfield properties in the game makes the game what it is. However, as there are so many episodes of the Simpsons, I did not recognise many of the squares. Rancho Relaxo, The Guilded Truffle and Jazz Night Inn were places I had never heard of before. However, I do believe the creators had to fill the board up somehow and it does not detract from game play.
I expected the pewter playing pieces to be of characters from the show like a figurine of Homer or Maggie. However, the playing pieces are every bit as random as the original monopoly (though it seems that they have tried to Simpsons-theme the original playing pieces too). The pieces are: Santa's Little Helper, Bart in a Car, Jebediah Springfield, Blinky (3-eyed fish), a doughnut, Kang (or Kodos, the alien) to name a few. The pieces are made out of pewter which means after a while they start to look black and need polishing up.
The Simpsons money, however, has the pictures of the characters on. Mine came in dollars but I'm not sure if that is because I bought it in Australia or whether that is universal for this particular game. The $1 was Maggie, $5 = Lisa, $10 = Bart, $20 - Homer, $50 - Marge, $100 - (I have forgotten, sorry), $500 - Mr Burns. I feel that there sometimes is not enough $100 notes for each player to use through the entire game. Constantly going past 'GO' means it goes quickly and we have to stop mid game to change up our money into $500 pieces. This is a little frustrating with the game. During game play, the box still has the traditional plastic tray that allows the money to be sorted. This makes the banker's job much easier than sorting money from a pile.
Chance and Community Chest are quite amusing. With each card having a Simpson's related sketch, it made my family laugh when they were first looking at the cards. 'Get out of Jail Free' cards had a picture of Snake the Criminal with angel wings, Hospital fees had a picture of Apu holding his babies grim faced and the 'Travel to Go' card has a happy looking Homer skipping over to it.
Houses and Hotels in this version of Monopoly come in blue and yellow. Houses yellow, Hotels blue. It's nice they have changed the colours from the original monopoly since it is in keeping with the theme of the game. The original red and green would not look right against the Simpsons themed board.
I feel this game is worth a buy if you do not have the original Monopoly game or are a hard core fan of both franchises. The game appears light hearted and fun although it still has the same competitive nature as the rules are still all the same. Definitely a laugh a minute.
When I was younger I was a huge Simpsons fan and subsequently ended up with a lot of our favourite yellow family's memorabilia. Now it seems that there are endless different versions of monopoly that you can buy, but this must be one of the older ones because it was at least 3 or 4 years ago that I got it. There is now also a Simpsons version that includes the electronic banking machine in which you use a credit card rather than paper money.
The basic concept of the game is still the same; you buy 'places' and then build property with the aim of being the wealthiest player. The difference is that obviously there is a strong Simpson theme throughout. Houses are replaced with monorail stops and once you have four you can then buy a monorail station rather than a boring old hotel. The board features lots of places we know from the show such as Moe's Tavern, The Frying Dutchman and The Kwik E Mart. Instead of the usual monopoly player tokens such as the top hat you now how a choice which includes a doughnut, Blinky the fish, Santa's Little Helper and the Jebediah Springfield statue.
Personally, I think the game is great, it gives a new lease of life to the original that we all know and is suitable for all ages. As long as you are a Simpsons fan I see no reason not to like it.
There's a Monopoly for everyone - such a huge franchise the board game has adapted itself for all sorts of different world cities, TV shows, films, events and who knows what else. So of course it wouldn't be too long until the Simpsons - one of the most marketable franchises out there - jumped on board and made a Springfield-based Monopoly set.
Quickly, for those of you who don't know - Monopoly is a board game where you go around all the different squares clockwise, stopping where dice dictates and then perhaps buying the property you land on. When someone else lands on your square, they pay rent based on how many houses or hotels you've built. That's the basic premise of the game anyway. There are different events which might change the course of the game - having to pay massive tax for example, or getting a Chance or Community card.
The Simpsons Monopoly is the same game we all know, but adapted to fit into the mad geographically-confused Springfield. It features all kinds of locations from around the town, including the Tire Yard, which is the cheapest, Krustylu Studios, Kwik-E-Mart and Burns' Manor (which is the most expensive one on the board). The board is nicely decorated, with stills from the show and the main centre of the board where the cards are kept has a nice print of a birds eye view of Springfield square, with a few shops around and, in the centre, the statue of Jebediah Springfield.
The playing pieces are made of pewter and there are eight of them. Unlike some other Monopoly sets which might feature only characters, this one carries on the weird tradition of putting some inanimate objects there too, (everyone remembers Marge's "The game's crazy enough as it is. How can an iron be a landlord?") including the iconic Doughnut of the series. Of course, the most popular of the lot is definitely Homer.
As well as the board and pieces, the rest of the game i heavily Simpson-ized, including the events in Chance and Community Chest (as well as the drawings on the cards), the money (which actually looks so much better than original Monopoly money), and the houses and hotels which have been painted the classic Simpsons colours blue and yellow.
All in all, this is a good quality board game - both for playing and for collecting, although it's a great deal of fun when played. It makes a perfect gift for the Simpsons fan you know.
Springfield has built the monorail and it's up to you to build monorail stops and stations across Springfield. It's exactly the same as monopoly, just with a bit more flavour so to speak, because of the recognisable characters and places as you play the game, as you become a monorail station tycoon.
Play with 2-6 players and select who will become the banker, this is the person who handles the money people pay and borrow, and who is also playing at the same time. Each player will select 1 of 6 tokens which will represent you as you move around the board game. Each player will also receive $1500 separated into: 2 $500, 2 $100, 2 $50, 6 $20, 5 $10, 5 $5 & 5 $1, all remaining money will be put into the bank. Community Chest cards and Chance cards are also placed face down in the centre of the board and there is property cards which you are given when you buy the property.
*Moving around the Game
You can select who goes first, place your tokens on go and roll 2 dice and move your token the equal amount of squares as on the dice in the way the arrow is pointing. If you roll the dice and both numbers are equal, you may roll again, but if you roll the doubles in succession you will go straight to jail.
If your token lands on 'go to jail' you have to go straight to jail, where you can only get out if you roll a double within your next three goes, have a get out of jail free card or pay $50. Plus you do not earn any money once you are in jail. Every time you pass go you collect $200, unless stated otherwise or when you are told to go to jail. Every time a person has to pay a fine, they put the money under 'Free Parking' and the only way people can claim the money is if they land on it. Also there is 'Income Tax' where you have to pay $200 to the bank if you land on it. Community Chest and Chance squares are all about the board, if you are to land on one you have to pick the top card of the pile and do what it says.
You have to go around the board at least once before you can buy property. If you land on any land not bought, you may pay the bank the shown price on the board to buy the property. Once you have bought all the properties of the same colour, you may buy monorail stops for the price on the back of the property card, and once you buy 4 stops on each property you may now purchase a station. When you land on a property that is owned by another player, the owner collects rent from you in accordance with the list printed on its property card. (the more stops or stations it has on the more you will have to pay). You can also buy Utility properties, mortgage your house off, so you get half the money back and you don't get any rent if someone lands on it.
Once declared bankrupt you have to give all your property and money to the person you owe the money to & then you are out of the game. You may lend money from the bank but not from other players.
16 Chance & 16 Community cards
32 monorail stops
16 monorail stations
6 tokens (Kang, Blinky, Santa's little helper, Bart, doughnut & Jebidiah Springfield)
I would only recommend you buy this edition of monopoly if you like the Simpsons, if you don't like the Simpsons or would just prefer to save money I would buy the original edition. Personally I like it, it seems a bit more entertaining, and mainly because of the property you can buy: Burns Manor, Kwik-E-Mart, Moe's Tavern, Gilded Truffle and many more.
I liked it however I feel there is far too much Simpsons merchandise e.g. there's even a Halloweens edition of monopoly, Bart Simpsons pranks kit, Homer's book, Bart's book, Comic book guy's book and a lot of other characters books, Simpsons Cluedo, chess and much much more.
Recommended age 7+
Box size (inches) 20.00 x 9.50 x 1.40
Price- New £25.00 to £30.00
So what is The Simpsons Monopoly then? Well, it is the latest incarnation of the classic Monopoly board game that was first introduced in 1934 and has since sold over 200 million copies. Many different varieties of Monopoly have been produced over the years, from a Wizard of Oz edition to Disney and football themed games. Each edition has the basic Monopoly game at its base, why change a winning formula? but with a selection of quirks and embellishments to make each variety unique. And the Simpsons themed edition is unique enough to excite fans of both Monopoly and the dysfunctional cartoon family. The basic premise of The Simpsons Monopoly is that the monorail has come to Springfield, and the residents are racing to buy up chunks of the fictional cartoon town. The Kwik-E-Mart, Moe?s tavern and even the Nuclear Power plant are all up for grabs as players race to try and secure monorail stops and stations on their completed property sets. The game board is brightly coloured and has all of the Springfield landmarks around the edge, from the tire yard priced at £60 and replacing the traditional Old Kent Road to the top end property of Burns Manor replacing Mayfair for £400. Some of the properties are a little obscure, for example Springfield Glen Country Club or The Gilded Truffle may not evoke many memories of Simpsons episodes, but I can assure you all of the properties on the board have featured in the Simpsons at one time or another, all be it somewhat briefly. The game comes with eight character tokens all fashioned from finest pewter, they are:- Homer in a Monorail conductors uniform, Bart in his Go-kart, Santa?s little helper (The Simpsons dog), Jebediah Springfield (founder of Springfield), Kang the Alien,
Blinky the three eyed nuclear fish, Otto?s school bus and a frosted doughnut. I was a little disappointed to find no Marge or Lisa playing pieces included, surely as two of the main characters in the show they should be represented. The only reasoning I can think of for not including them is that the eight tokens that are present are all of different shapes and heights; perhaps a Marge or Lisa token would be too similar in look and feel to the Homer token. If this is the reason I can see the idea behind the theory, especially if you are playing the game with a sight impaired person or young child. Even with Marge and Lisa missing, players should have little problem picking a token they like, just keep your hands off my Homer piece. The game commences with the highest rolled dice thrower going first. If a double is rolled (two threes or two sixes etc) the player gets to roll again, but beware if you roll three doubles in a row it?s a one way ticket to jail, and as you do not pass go or collect £200 this is a cruel punishment indeed. Provided you manage to stay out of jail you will land on any one of many different squares. The Community Chest and Chance Squares are still present, and landing on one of these results in the player being required to pick up the corresponding card and acting on the instructions contained thereon. The traditional ?go to jail? or ?Bank pays you dividend of £50? are still present but have been joined by more Simpsons specific cards. ?You are assessed for track repairs, £40 per monorail stop and £115 per monorail station? will be sure to strike fear into anyone with a little blue or yellow building on their completed property group, and ?Grand opera opening, collect £50 from every player for opening night tickets? will upset all of your fellow competitors who have to part with some of their money. I men
tioned briefly the yellow and blue buildings included with the game. These are identical in look to the red and green houses and hotels in the traditional Monopoly game except that they have been renamed monorail stops and monorail stations. The pricing structure is also the same as in the normal monopoly game, a monorail stop for the Tire Yard still costs £50 and you need four monorail stops on your property before you can buy and build a monorail station. Landing on a set of properties owned by a fellow player can be a painful experience, If you were to find yourself sitting on the Tire yard that has not been built on you will have to part with the fairly manageable sum of £2, however, if you happened upon Burns Manor resplendent with a monorail station you would find yourself having to raise £2000 to pay to the lucky owner, a potentially bankrupting sum to find. Of course, if you are struggling financially you can mortgage any properties you own to try and raise some funds. The mortgage value of a property is always half its face value, so the Tire Yard will give you £30 mortgage value while the top property, Burns Manor will deliver £200 in its mortgaged state. When a property is mortgaged it must be placed upside down, the player can un-mortgage the property if he / she has the funds available to do so, and the property is turned the right way up to signify it is no longer mortgaged. Landing on a property that has yet to be bought by anyone delivers two choices for the player. He / She can buy the property at its face value price, or if the player who has landed on the property decided they do not wish to buy the property, an auction takes place in which all players, including the one that has just turned down the chance to buy the property, can bid. The Banker presides over proceedings as any or all of the players can bid any amount they wish to try and secure the
property. This part of the game is particularly exciting if a player owns two of the three properties in a set and is desperate to secure the remaining property in order to start building monorails stops and stations. Exorbitant amounts of money are often bid in order to secure that last remaining property. Elsewhere on the game board the two tax squares are still present but have been renamed ?Legitimate Businessman?s Protection Tax? and ?The First Church of Springfield Offering Plate?. The two utility companies have also been renamed; ?Springfield Nuclear Power Plant? replaces the Electric Company, while the Water Works in the classic game are substituted for ?The Springfield Dam Hydroelectric Company?. The four traditional railway stations make way for four new Monorails, out go Liverpool Street, Kings Cross et al to be replaced by Springfield Station, and Shelbyville, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook Express?s. Money is much the same as in the original game, each player is given £1,500, divided as 2 x £500, 4 x £100, 1 x £50, 1 x £20, 2 x £10, 1 x £5 and 5 x £1. The banknotes are all different colours and are decorated with a Simpsons character on each separate denomination. The game is over when only one player remains with all others having been made bankrupt. A player is made bankrupt when they owe the bank or another player more money than they can raise from mortgaging assets etc. In this situation all money from the bankrupt player goes to the person it is owed to or the bank. All properties are sold and also given to the player or bank who is owed the money. Many people say that Monopoly is a great game but that it takes too long to play. With this in mind the makers have introduced rules for a time limit short game. In this
version, each player is given two properties before starting the game, they then must pay the price displayed on the cards they have been given. Also, when the first player is declared bankrupt the game ends and the winner is the remaining player who has the most money, be it in cash or property value. Personally I prefer the full fat long version, although it has been said I get a bit manic when playing Monopoly, I think it is the power and a handful of cash that goes to my head. Whatever, I?m running out of opponents willing to play against me, anybody here fancy a game?