When it comes to licensing and variant titles, no board game comes close to the empire of different versions available that has been amassed by Monopoly.
Not only can you get one tailored to every one of the 50 states, but there’s a version of Monopoly for practically every pop culture phenomenon out there, covering everything from Game of Thrones and Star Wars to Spongebob Squarepants and The Office. There are versions with credit cards instead of cash, and even a cheater’s edition where players can be handcuffed to the board.
Sure, other classic board games are following suit. You can find versions of Clue centered around The Golden Girls or Dungeons & Dragons, and a Nightmare Before Christmas version of Operation out there.
But that’s a drop in the ocean compared to the myriad versions of Monopoly that are available for board game fans.
Even Godzilla is getting in on the fun.
[Image courtesy of Mental Floss.]
Yes, there’s a Godzilla-themed Monopoly game now, complete with renamed properties, monster-influenced money, special game pieces, and rebranded Chance and Community Chest cards.
There are even factories and bases to build instead of houses and hotels.
But I must ask the obvious question. If you’re moving a monster token around the board, why aren’t you smashing houses and hotels instead of building bases and factories? I mean, the only monopoly your average kaiju is looking for is a monopoly on destruction, am I right?
Maybe a few intrepid players will cook up some fun variant rules that encounter the monsters to rampage rather than rebuild.
Of course, if you’re looking for an excuse for destruction, maybe the accompanying Godzilla-themed Jenga will be more up your alley.
[Image courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.]
Yes, it’s just like normal Jenga, except the tower pieces are painted to look like pieces of a building, and Godzilla is slowly marching toward it, his atomic breath glowing as he anticipates the unbridled joy of knocking over yet another skyscraping edifice.
That’s certainly more in keeping with the King of the Monsters and his traditional manner for dealing with massive man-made structures. It won’t be as destructive as, say, Smash City or Terror in Meeple City, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
And, honestly, if there are two games that could use a little destructive sprucing up, it’s Monopoly and Jenga.
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