Even a timeless classic like the Monopoly board game had to adapt to the changing times, resulting in some really fun special editions of Monopoly.
At some point, Boardwalk avenue and the railway station just don’t cut it anymore. But turns out Monopoly can still be a lot of fun, with just a bit of added creativity and a subtle makeover. This old school real estate board game has plenty of versions, so we picked out the most special, often geeky editions for you:
Monopoly Fallout: Collector’s Edition
While doing the research for this post, finding out there’s a Fallout edition to Monopoly was probably the most surprising moments. I mean a video game about nuclear war, mutated animals and A LOT of violence doesn’t quite say “family board game”. But having played it, it works. The Monopoly Fallout collector’s edition is available on Amazon and Thinkgeek.
Monopoly Game: Ultimate Banking Edition
The idea that makes Monopoly: Ultimate Banking Edition so catchy is the absence of cash. It’s all about quicker gameplay and instant transactions.
Monopoly Game: Empire Edition
The twist with Monopoly: Empire, like in most deviations of Monopoly games, is the things you buy: In ‘Empire’, it’s the world’s most famous brands, giving a modern, refreshing touch to the game, especially for the younger players.
Monopoly Game: Junior Edition
Basically, Monopoly for kids, with quicker gameplay, and more relatable spots to buy, like an ice cream parlor and a skate park. Beyonce was wrong. Girls don’t run the world. It’s kids. Which makes it the opposite of surprising to see that Monopoly Junior is the most popular Monopoly game on Amazon.
Monopoly Game: Pokemon Kanto Edition
You can buy the Monopoly Pokemon Kanto Edition on both Amazon and Thinkgeek. Thinkgeek also offer the Pokemon Jonto Edition. Both feature the gyms from the game/series, and special Pokemon tokens and Poke Marts and Poke Centers replacing traditional houses and hotels.
Monopoly Game: The Walking Dead Survival Edition
Zombies are cool these days, so why not make the Monopoly-Walking Dead crossover? In the Monopoly Walking Dead Edition, you buy property and then fortify it, which is the apocalyptic way of upgrading the property.
Monopoly: Super Mario Bros Collector’s Edition
The best of the Nintendo Monopoly games, the Super Mario Bros. collector’s edition makes you feel like you’re on your NES, playing the best video game in the world. You can buy it on Amazon or Thinkgeek.
Monopoly National Parks Edition
The national parks edition of Monopoly allows the players to become one with nature while staying at home. Or, they can go camping and take the board game with them. Works either way.
Monopoly Luxury Edition
I’m not sure if this can be considered steampunk or simply luxurious, but either way, this Monopoly board is gorgeous. The Monopoly Luxury Edition is like a little coffee table, only with beautiful Monopoly art on it and drawers filled with expensive metals and cash.
Monopoly The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition
Play Monopoly in the land of Hyrule? Count me in! The Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda collector’s edition is available to buy on Amazon and Thinkgeek.
Monopoly: The Big Bang Theory Edition
Playing Monopoly is kinda geeky, so combining the most popular show about geeks with the best board game on the planet makes sense. The best thing about the Monopoly: The Big Bang Theory Edition are the tokens: Leonard’s glasses, Sheldon’s spot, Raj’s dog and other memorable things from the rest of the gang.
Monopoly: Disney Theme Park Edition
Monopoly: Disney Theme Park Edition is the 3rd Disney-themed Monopoly game, with a pop-up Disney castle for extra effect.
Monopoly Jurassic World Edition
The Monopoly: Jurassic World edition allows the players to relive some of their favorite moments from the movie(s) and learn a bit about dinosaurs, which personally I can never get enough of.
Monopoly: Rick and Morty Edition
Probably the most creative idea for a Monopoly special edition, the Monopoly: Rick and Morty edition is for more than just fans of the TV show. Even if you haven’t heard of it, this version is incredibly fun to play. Obviously, watching the show doesn’t hurt.