Fans of The Avengers who are also into social gaming in general, and board games in particular, should definitely take a look at this Monopoly variation, as it will only be available briefly.
There have been so many mashups between Monopoly and various themes, that it’s surprising the one featuring Marvel Comics made it to the surface so late in the game. Mind you, this doesn’t come only with characters from The Avengers, but also with Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men. The Marvel Comics Monopoly is a must-have not only for Marvel Comics fans, but also for board game enthusiasts, as it manages to breathe new life into the old game.
The main goal of the game was slightly changed, as it is no longer real estate that we’re dealing with here. The six Marvel tokens that replace the shoe, the iron and the hat are as follows:
- Magneto’s Helmet
- Infinity Gauntlet
- Eye of Agamotto
- Things Fist
- Captain America’s Shield
In this variation of the board game, however, each of the 22 property tiles features an iconic comic book cover instead of various buildings. As though that wasn’t enough, the typical Monopoly currency has been replaced with Marvel’s own. If in the original board game the one grabbing the most land was the winner, things are a bit different here. To win, you must amass the greatest collection of comic book covers. This surely must be every comic book collector’s dream come true.
Marvel Comics Collector’s Edition Monopoly board game can be purchased on Amazon for $31.93. One laughable aspect is that the manufacturer’s recommended age is between 8 and 15 years. Either geeks are always young at heart (which I feel is the case for me), or they’re forever stuck in that period. USAopoly, the manufacturer of the Marvel Comics Monopoly mashup, should realize that social games are not only for kids, and even The Big Bang Theory TV show proves this.
While it might have a different learning curve, there is one thing certain about this game: it will diminish boredom over quite a few nights in the company of your geeky friends. One thing you need to be careful about is to handle with care any comic book covers featuring The Hulk. You know how short of a fuse that guy has! Certainly, in The Avengers flick he claims to have learned self-control, but you can never be sure.