We’re going to go ahead and say it: Monopoly could very well be one of the most popular tabletop board games of all time. Originally designed over one hundred years ago, this property-buying classic has captured the attention of children and adults alike and has become an absolute staple of family game night.
Now, your kid’s favorite board game is even more exciting with a whole new batch of specially licensed Monopoly games, featuring your child’s favorite stories and heroes, from Fort Night to the Avengers. But with literally hundreds of different Monopoly games on the market, choosing the right one can feel a bit like rolling the dice.
In an effort to level the board, we’re counting down 23 of the Best Monopoly Games for Kids. Afterwards, we will reveal some of our top picks for the best ones, as well as a few tips on how to tell the difference between the multiple versions that are available.
When you think about it, there are not a whole lot of board games, if any, that are designed specifically for the history or military buff. For these two unique groups of people, the only option thus far has been Battleship or the even more outdated combat presented in Risk. Now, The Second Great War has been brought back to life in tabletop game format with the World War II Edition of Monopoly. Told through the perspective of the American Armed Forces, this game celebrates the sacrifices made and achievements earned by our brave sons and daughters in one of the biggest armed conflicts of all time.
One of the most popular movie franchises of all time is sure to have its very own board game, and it is no surprise that Hasbro jumped on the opportunity to bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the classic game of Monopoly. The classic tabletop gameplay is slightly altered from the original game, but works with interactive digital content available on smartphones and tablets that elevates the experience to something that truly dazzles. With a collection of golden colored figurines that resemble your child’s favorite hero, your child is sure to be able to play as their favorite character. But who will wield the Infinity Gauntlet?
While you have always suspected that your little brother has kept a secret stash of pink 50s in his pocket, you have never been able to actually prove that he is cheating. Now, a new version of Monopoly has come out that actually encourages a little bit of cheating, that is, unless you get caught! A special set of cheat cards encourages players to cheat their way to victory and will even suggest which cheats should be attempted. As usual, the player with the most money at the end of the game wins, so be sure to not get caught. A plastic toy handcuff actually keeps the perpetrators in jail, making it even more uncomfortable for the unsuccessful robber.
If you have never been to Disney Land or Disney World, then it might be time to have another look at your priorities. However, there is a way to experience the Enchanted Kingdom without leaving the comfort of your house with the newest edition of the Disney Theme Park Monopoly Board Game. Recently updated to feature newer Disney properties like Cars, The Incredibles, and Monsters, Inc., this game is rapid out-of-the-box entertainment for Disney fans of all ages. Seeing as how long Disney movies have been coming out, we think that this one will be a real hoot for the whole family!
Fans of Nintento’s Super Mario series of video games will love this brightly colored and expertly designed re-imagining of Monopoly. Featuring fan-favorite characters like Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong, players will make their way through the mushroom kingdom in an effort to get the highest score. The small paper Monopoly play money has been cleverly replaced by shiny video game coins, right out of the video game. One cool new addition is the Power Up Die, which will give players a special boost on their mission to be number one.
If your kid is anywhere near the age of 8, then there is a good chance that they are already big fans of the L.O.L. Surprise! series of toy dolls and accessories. Known for their cheeky expressions and undeniable cuteness, L.O.L. dolls have quickly become one of the most popular toys in recent years. Now these cute dolls have made their way to the face of the Monopoly board, which is further proof of just how iconic these characters have become. There is no property dealing here, but rather a mad rush to have the biggest L.O.L. Doll collection!
There is a good reason that the beloved Mario Brothers characters have appeared in several of the different Monopoly games that we feature here. It is because that there is perhaps no digital world with characters this iconic, memorable, and important to gamers of every generation. Mario Kart Monopoly takes the Mario-based racing game to a new dimension, utilizing a few of the classic mechanics of the Property Trading Game and integrating more than a couple specialized treats that will be particularly fun for fans of the series. The dice even features the infamous Blue Shell. If you don’t know that that is, then you might want to ask your kid before playing!
One of the most popular board games of all times has managed to remain relatively unchanged, despite a world that seems to be changing rapidly around it. Monopoly has been a family game night classic for more than half a century and features some of the best high-stakes competitive board gaming of all time. By racing around the board and buying up properties, players will compete with one another to amass the most wealth as quickly as possible. Build hotels, charge rent, and experience the absolute thrill of landing on a ‘Chance’ or ‘Community Chest’ space. Your journey to riches starts with a roll of the dice!
As fun as Classic Monopoly is, the game does not really reflect just how fact-paced and high-stakes the real estate business has become. Monopoly Empire is a re-imagining of the classic game with a few twists to bring it into the new century. Players will own and operate their own top brands, moving around the board in an effort to build their business larger than anyone else’s. Real life brands like Nerf, Transformers, and Levi’s are only a few of the available brands. The first player to fill their Empire Tower with billboard tokens wins!
They say that ‘adulting’ is hard, or at least, that’s what millennials will say. You might not be able to really define what a millennial actually is, but you certainly know some of their hallmarks. New gadgets, trendy fashions, and quirky memes are just some of the elements that come together to make up this whimsical, tongue-in-cheek take on millennial society. In this game, forget about buying property … winning is all about being the first to discover the hottest new destinations in town, from the new coffee shop to the organic food store. With this version of Monopoly, as with any good millennial, “it’s all about the experience!”
If you are a parent and you still don’t know what Fortnite is, then your whole family must have been hiding under a rock for the last few years. This is hands down one of the most popular video games of all time, offering a fun social experience with cartoon-like action and fast-paced good times. But this is not the same Monopoly that you are used to … in the Fortnite edition, players have health points and the point of the game is to survive longer than any other player. Without over 30 different character cards to choose from, every kid is going to be able to find one that looks like their character from the game.
It is never too early to get your kid into board games, but sometimes the complicated rules and intricate game-play of a full round of Monopoly can be too much for younger players to properly enjoy. That’s why Hasbro Games released Monopoly Junior, an easier and more simplified version of the classic game. With fewer spaces and more comprehensible rules, Monopoly Junior is a great way to introduce your kid to Monopoly. They will love the brightly colored game pieces, which are more exciting versions of their classic counterparts. Kid-friendly properties like the pet store and candy store will be more captivating than boring old properties like Baltic Avenue and Park Place.
The National Parks have been called America’s Best Idea, as they have preserved an incredible amount of beautiful landscape, wildlife, and scenery for the entire world to enjoy. Now, enjoying your National Parks is easier and more fun than ever with the newly-released National Parks Edition Monopoly Game from Hasbro. Utilizing all the basic rules of Classic Monopoly, the National Parks Edition makes a few substitutes for classic properties (think trails instead of trains, and camp sites instead of hotels) making it perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the wondrous forests of Yellowstone, this game is a nostalgic trip through America’s most beautiful places.
Even if your kid is relatively new to the world, there is a good chance that they have come across the enchanting characters, songs, and style of the Disney classic picture The Nightmare Before Christmas. This animated claymation-style movie tells the tale of Halloween Town, which also happens to be the setting for this awesome board game. This collector’s edition is a particular treat for the big fan, including six different collectible pewter tokens that are just as cool sitting on the shelf as they are cruising around the game board. This updated 2020 edition is even cooler than its predecessors, especially with the newly-stylized game board.
There are more than a few talking cartoon dogs out there, but none so well-loved and universally recognized as Scooby Doo, the crime-solving companion of Shaggy & the Gang. In this kid-friendly version of the classic tabletop game, players will assume control of one of the classic cartoon characters, who have been meticulously recreated in the version of small pewter collectibles. Going around the board to solve mysteries, collect reward money, and avoid the bad guys is a real blast with Scooby Doo Monopoly, just as fun as the original with the cartoon twists that are need to keep your kid engaged for hours on end.
Anyone who currently knows a kid is likely aware that Star Wars is still one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, even after 40 years. While you might not have seen all the ‘new ones’ yourself, your kid has most definitely seen The Original Trilogy in all its glory (if they haven’t, you might have some explaining to do). The original space opera is brought to life in a faithful way with the 40th Anniversary Edition Star Wars Monopoly Board Game, in which players will run laps around the galaxy in an attempt to stop the Galactic Empire from achieving total domination.
We’re guessing that there are a lot of parents out there who were raised on two things: Monopoly, and Super Mario Brothers. As two of the most popular games of all time, Monopoly and Mario are known the world over for their fun and faced paced action. Until now, these games have existed separately from one another: one in digital format and one as a tabletop game. Now it is finally possible to experience both worlds at the same time with the Super Mario Brother’s Collector’s Edition Monopoly Game. You’ll feel like you are cruising through the Mushroom Kingdom with this classically-inspired game, which has enough quirks and surprises to make even a seasoned Monopoly veteran feel like they are playing something entirely new.
The world-famous property trading game of Monopoly has managed to remain relatively unchanged over the years, which is one reason why it has managed to last, decade after decade. Now, the most dedicated Monopoly enthusiasts can get even more of their favorite game with the Monopoly Mega Edition. With an enlarged board, additional properties, and a new $1,000 bill, the Mega Edition is the ultra-souped-up version that features the same basic gameplay mechanics. A new speed die and bus ticket cards are both optional, but give players the ability to play a shorter, faster game if they so choose.
The First Family of Springfield has been dominating the airwaves for as long as many of us have been alive, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to grow in popularity among kids and adults alike. The Simpsons Monopoly Board Game takes Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, & Maggie on a tour through the town of Springfield, visiting such iconic cartoon locations as the Burns Mansion and the Nuclear Power Plant. The entire game is designed to capture the unique and beloved sense of humor that The Simpsons is known for, ensuring that every player is going to be laughing all the way to Springfield Bank.
It is one of the best family movies of all time, and now it is one of the newest versions of America’s favorite board game. Released in 1995 to the delight of millions of children and parents worldwide, Toy Story quickly became one of the most popular franchises of all time. The quirky characters of Andy’s Room are coming to life once more in their very own Monopoly game, taking advantage of the original game play mechanics but updating all the graphics and properties to match things found from all 3 Toy Story movies. Six different pewter figurines feature all the best characters, but don’t choose Buzz Lightyear. I called it!
When someone asks you to name the two cutest creatures that you can think of, there is a good chance that you will say either a llama, a unicorn, or maybe even both. Okay, so maybe that is a bit of a stretch, but it doesn’t change the fact the Unicorns vs. Llamas Monopoly is one of the most adorable versions of the classic game to ever come out. Instead of trying to accumulate money, wealth, and hotels, this version of the game encourages players to pick a side, unicorns or llamas, and then try to claim territories for their team. This simplified play style is perfect for kids as young as 8 and is a great way to introduce the family to board games.
While no one argues that Monopoly is one of the most entertaining tabletop games of all time, it never hurts to add a few bells and whistles to the mix to spice things up, or at the very least, bring this classic pay-to-play gameplay into the new millennium. The Voice Banking edition of Monopoly is largely the same in terms of gameplay, with a few alterations to the game board and the base rules. But tits in the center of the board. Not only can players transfer money, check balances, and pay rent with voice-activated commands, but they can do so in an even faster and more streamlined way than the original version provides.
As classic and well-loved as Monopoly is, it is no surprise that they decided to make a version that more accurately reflects how the housing business works in today’s day and age. With a completely cashless gameplay structure courtesy of play credit card swipers, players can now keep all of their money in a digital format, completely forgoing the hassle and tediousness of all that paper money. But that’s not the only update … with the Ultimate Banking edition, property values rise and fall as the game progresses, making for an even more unique challenge to an already challenging game.
The Ultimate Monopoly Board Game Buyer’s Guide
One of the reasons that Monopoly has remained so popular through the decades is due to its fast-paced and exciting gameplay structure. Families across the world have been sitting down to rousing games of Monopoly for years, and it doesn’t look like this trend is going to stop anytime soon.
The appearance of new, specialized Monopoly boards is nothing new. By integrating popular brands, characters, and franchises into the already popular board game, Hasbro as managed to capture new generations of gamers right as they emerge, a tactic that has no doubt led Monopoly to its monopoly, so to speak.
While choosing a Monopoly game for your kid might seem as easy as simply picking the version with their favorite cartoon character on it, there is actually quite a bit more to it than that.
We’ve tossed the dice across some of the most popular Monopoly boards available to today’s players, all in an effort to find the best ones for you. By keeping the following considerations in mind, you will be able to choose a version of Monopoly that is simultaneously appropriate, challenging, and engaging.
The Game Play Difference Between Different Monopoly Boards
While the basic rules and structure of Monopoly is pretty consistent, there are often time differences in the rules and play style of different game versions. For instance, Star Wars Monopoly might have different property values than Toy Story Monopoly, and both may differ in rules from the original.
While most people know the basic rules of Monopoly, it never hurts to breeze over it again. To sum it up, this traditional game style which has been in use since the game’s original release encourages players to purchase property tiles. When other players land on these tiles, they are forced to pay a rent that is dictated by the value of the property.
For all intents and purposes, this is Monopoly in its true essence. However, it is not the only way to get in on the fun.
Simplified / Junior Versions
Even though the basic rules of Monopoly are fairly straightforward, the game itself can be a little intimidating for younger children. In an effort to include and engage a younger audience, Hasbro has been creating more simplified versions of their classic game for decades. These ‘Junior’ style monopoly boards feature less tiles, easier-to-understand instructions, and a more friendly type of gameplay that is more appropriate for kids as young as 4 or 5.
Monopoly Junior is actually a great way to prepare your kid for the realities of an all-out family game of Monopoly when they are old enough to handle all the details and excitement.
Point Based Versions
Some of the newer versions of Monopoly, specifically those that feature some movie and video game characters, and removed the property-purchasing aspect of the game altogether, keeping only the board layout and basic game play elements intact. Instead of building properties into real estate kingdoms, players are simply trying to score more points than their opponents by achieving good dice rolls and picking beneficial cards from the stack.
One of the reasons that this mode of play has been adopted by the newer versions of Monopoly is because it allows games to be played significantly faster, often in the range of 30 to 45 minutes as opposed to the hours and hours that a traditional game of Monopoly can take in many instances.
The truth is that almost every version of Monopoly that you see in stores or online is going to feature slightly different rules that are designed to more effectively serve the ‘theme’ of the game, not to mention keep things fresh for players who play a lot of Monopoly.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q: What does it mean when a Monopoly Board Game says that it includes “collectible figurines?”
A: When you see the words ‘collectible figurines’ on the side of the Monopoly box, you can expect to find a set of high-quality game pieces on the inside. Usually molded from pewter, these “high-end” game pieces are of a higher quality than those made of plastic, and as such, are popular for Monopoly enthusiasts who want to use their own custom game pieces on different boards.
Q: How many players are required for Monopoly? What is the maximum?
A: While most versions of Monopoly can be played with a minimum of 2 players, it really does become a lot more fun if you have three. The absolute ideal number of players is four, but most boards can support up to six based on how many game pieces are in the box.
Q: Monopoly is so old … are you sure that kids are still going to like it?
A: If there is one thing that can be said about Monopoly, it is that this board game isn’t going anywhere. Kids have loved it for the better part of a century, in fact more than a century if you trace it back to its original roots. And yet, generation after generation, children the world over have become absolutely enamored with Monopoly. Trust us … you kid is going to love it, and you’re probably going to want to get in on the fun yourself.
BONUS: A Brief History of Monopoly
While the game of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, the more recognizable version of the game board was not really around until 1935. This means that for almost one hundred years, we have been playing basically the exact same version of this classic game. This incredible staying power is a testament to the game’s awesome gameplay and high-stakes situations.
It was in 1994 that Hasbro, having purchased Parker Brothers (the original owners of the brand) began releasing licensed alternate versions of their game to third party companies. A San Diego-themed Monopoly was released that same year, and since then, literally hundreds of different versions have hit the shelves to great acclaim.
Pass Go & Collect $200! Our Top Pick Monopoly Game Of 2020
As fans of the classic Monopoly game that was released during our own childhood, we were somewhat skeptical that we would find a different version that we liked nearly as much as the original. However we were more than a little surprised to find that the new wave of Monopoly games are just as, if not more exciting than the original in a lot of ways.
For our paper play dollars, the Top Pick Monopoly Board of the year has to go to the Monopoly Mega Edition. The increased size of the board allows for a more in-depth style of gameplay for experienced gamers.
Kids who are new to Monopoly, on the other hand, are going to want something a little more pared down and easy to play. For this purpose, we recommend Unicorns vs. Llamas Monopoly, which is as easy to play as Monopoly Junior but has the bright and exciting twist of a few magical creatures to play with.
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