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 For these two unique groups of people, the only option thus far has been Battleship or the even more outdated combat presented in Risk.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 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.