If you’ve ever tried to sneak some extra cash from the bank at Monopoly or have tried to avoid paying rent when landing on Park Place, then we have good news. There’s a version of the game for you. This fall, Hasbro is releasing a special cheater’s edition of the game.
“A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that 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,” Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro gaming says.
The object of the game is still to be the player with the most money at the game’s end, but it may be a little tougher to accomplish. The Cheater’s Edition will ask players to get away with cheating as many times as they can during game play. That means players can skip spaces, try to avoid paying rent, and slip a few extra bills from the bank when no one’s looking.
In addition to Community Chest and Chance cards, the Cheater’s Edition will also come with a stack of 15 cheat cards. During any point in the game, five cheat cards will be placed in the middle of the board which players can try to fulfill at any point of the game.
The cards will ask players to complete a number of tasks during gameplay, if they wish to do so.
Some of the cheats include:
- 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 succeeds at any given task, they get rewarded. On the flip side, if they get caught, there are consequences. The back of the cheat cards list specific rewards and punishments for each cheat.
The best case scenario is that you may wind up with some free money or property to help you get ahead in the game. If you get caught, you could wind up in jail and wearing a handcuff that leaves you chained to the game.
It seems like it could be pretty tough to swipe some extra money from the bank under the eye of a watchful banker, right? Well, the Cheater’s Edition changes that up, too.
“For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker,” says Berkowitz. “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 of “cheats” such as a the Bank Heist.”
If you take a close look at the game board, a few of the spaces have been “hacked” by cheaters. Several spaces have designated prices on them. If you’re the first to land on Pennsylvania Avenue, you don’t need to pay for it. The property is free for the taking.
So if you’ve never been good at Monopoly, this version of the game may give you a leg up as long as you’re a sly competitor.
“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,” says Berkowitz. “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.