Monopoly and Google join forces for online game play

The classic board game of Monopoly has been played for years in homes all over the world. But what if you could literally play Monopoly on the world against thousands of other players?

The makers of Monopoly have launched a version of Monopoly that you play on Google Maps against thousands of other players online. The game can be found at http://www.monopolycitystreets.com but currently the site is being hammered and is slow at best.

The game plays slightly differently as you start with three million dollars and can purchase streets or homes and earn rent for each establishment that you own. From there the details are slim as the site is painfully slow.

The game could be a major hit for the Monopoly crowd as it mergers classic fun with modern software in a 21st century version of the board game.

Editors Note: IE 8 was not rendering the page correctly, had to use FireFox to be able to register.

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I am just going to throw this out there and say that it has difficulties in any browser.

I mean, I was psyched about this the first five times I hit register.

^ no, it's the NEXT one as in Monopoly you only really go forward, unles you get the "go back three spaces" card or "go back to old kent road".

Okay, two questions.

When you pick up the card that says "advance to the nearest railroad," does that mean you advance all the way around the board to the railroad that was two spaces behind you, or do you just go forward to the next one? I like to think you go all the way around since in that would be the "nearest" railroad.

Also, when you have to pay for houses and hotels, but the card is not the one that says "on your property," does that mean you have to pay for EVERYONE's houses and hotels (i think it is for fixing them up)?

Monopoly is all hype. It's a game everyone is familiar with - but when is the last time you've really sat down and played an ENTIRE game?
It's so damn long and boring. You could play it for 3+ hours and still have made very little progress. Not only that, but the default amount of included money barely covers 2-3 players. Once you try to get 5 or 6 playing, you simply run out. You spend a lot of time "getting change" for big bills, or exchanging your small bills for larger bills, and whoever is acting as the Banker ends up writing down amounts on scrap pieces of paper because there simply aren't enough physical bills included in the box.

Monopoly games now include "Fast Game Rules" in the box, which starts everyone off with property already. It is supposed to shave the game time down to "only" several hours, instead of several days/weeks/months a regular game can take.
There are so many kid-themed Monopoly games now. The "Pokemon" and "Nintendo" ones come to mind immediately. They seem to be targeted to kids, but use the same "adult rules" of the regular Monopoly. No kid wants to sit for 100 Hours trying to play some "boring" board game for that long when they can go play video games.

It would be one thing if you could "Pause" or "Save" the game to continue later, but with the physical space required to set up the game, not to mention all the time it takes just trying to get people together who have the free time, means Monopoly is one of the absolute worst "games" ever.

Xenomorph said,
Monopoly is all hype. It's a game everyone is familiar with - but when is the last time you've really sat down and played an ENTIRE game?

lol what?
i play entire games all the time
usually takes no longer than 2 hours with 3-4 people
and i've never come close to running out of money

the only time i've played games that take forever is when i play with people that use that Free Parking house rule

Obi Wong said,
lol what?
i play entire games all the time
usually takes no longer than 2 hours with 3-4 people
and i've never come close to running out of money

the only time i've played games that take forever is when i play with people that use that Free Parking house rule

+1

Also, i love to amass a fortune, even if it is composed by fake money.

brent3000 said,
Strip monopoly my gf always looses usually gets the game ended pretty fast :)


Now how does strip Monopoly work... anyone who lands on a property with hotels has to strip? :laugh:

Monopoly gets fun when you start trying to make deals with each other, colluding to get other players out of the game. Its like Survivor. That's how you're supposed to play it. If you just sit and wait for someone to win or lose you aren't playing it right.

When I was in high school I enjoyed playing it with my friends at a local coffee house.