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Google teams up with Hasbro for online Monopoly

Launched last week, Monopoly City Streets uses the Google Maps platform to let users “buy” any street in the world. The goal of the game of chance, like the real-world version, is to earn money on real estate and become the richest property magnate. New players are given three million Monopoly dollars to build their […]

Sep 16, 2009 | By Luxuo

Launched last week, Monopoly City Streets uses the Google Maps platform to let users “buy” any street in the world.

The goal of the game of chance, like the real-world version, is to earn money on real estate and become the richest property magnate.

New players are given three million Monopoly dollars to build their virtual empire with every street in the world, in theory, available for purchase.

If you get in first, you can buy the street straight away. If someone else beats you to it, you can make the owner an offer.

If the owner doesn’t reply in a week, this offer is automatically accepted, no matter how contemptible it may be.

The online advantage includes addition of features like building skyscrapers, football stadiums, and other buildings along with the usual houses and hotels.

As with traditional Monopoly, streets have a rental income which is paid out every 24 hours (from $50,000 for a house to $100 million for a skyscraper).

For the first time since Monopoly’s launch in 1935, the company has changed key elements of the game, letting players build before owning all properties in a color group and giving them the option to “sabotage” opponents by building sewage plants and prisons.

The free game, which has no real cash prize, is being run to promote the new 3D Monopoly City game. , which is available in stores this fall.

“It’s a chance to escape the harsh reality of recession and enjoy building up an empire,” the Sun quoted Hasbro as saying.

Source Propgoluxury


 
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