For those who have struggled with cheating in Monopoly, Hasbro now has a solution.
Hasbro announced the latest version of the board game ‘The Cheating Edition’ it allows players cheat during the game. Jonathan Berkowitz, President of Hasbro, had this to say:
“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.”
There are 15 cheat cards which come in the game, and at any given point of time, 5 cheat cards will be on the board. The cards include stealing money, removing a hotel from someone’s property, collecting rent for someone’s property. And players must try and achieve the tasks during the game.
If a player succeeds, they will get a reward that is on the back of the card and but if they fail, they will have a penalty. A Shortchanged card, for example, reads “when you owe another player change, secretly give them less than you owe.”
If a player gets away with it, one can collect $100 from the bank. And if they fail, they will return the money and go to jail.
“For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker,” Berkowitz had said.
He added, “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 Bank Heist.”
There are a few other differences as well including spots on the board which are “hacked” by cheaters. There is a handcuff attachment which pertains to a cheat card.
“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 released in fall for $19.99.