Cub Edition: Monopoly stands as the GOAT board game


Lots of people enjoy board games, and I’d be willing to bet that you’ve either heard of Monopoly or played it. Monopoly is a great game to pass time and is also easy to learn.  The first time I played Monopoly was when I was about seven at my grandpa’s house, and the first time I played, I won, so I got hooked on the game.

Monopoly is played with a green board with a range of property and businesses on the board, and the closer to the end of the board you get, the more expensive the properties get. There are tax spots too that you can land on and then have to pay a tax. There are also community chests and action cards that give you random prizes and rewards for landing on the specific spot on the board. You basically get a certain amount of money at the start of the game, and the objective of the game is to have the most money and make all the other players go bankrupt.

Monopoly takes about two hours to play, which can be very time consuming for some, but the full two hours you’re playing the game, it is very engaging and entertaining. It’s a great game to play with your friends and family. 

Monopoly has been around for years now, it was made in 1935 by Lizzie Magie and Charles Darrow. It Holds a special place in my heart because I’ve played it for the majority of my life, and I play it almost every time my grandpa comes to visit, so it reminds me of him. 

Monopoly is a pretty unique game too. There are not many games like it where you can buy property, so if you’re looking for a fresh game that’s different from others, Monopoly is your best bet. The game pieces are really well made, and unlike other more plastic game pieces that come with other games, the game pieces you move around that represent you are made out of metal, so they are very hard to break.

One of my favorite rules about Monopoly is the pass to collect $200, which is a rule that gives you $200 Monopoly money everytime you go around the board. This is my favorite rule because when you are broke and you go around you are back on your feet again just like that. Some of Monopoly games you can trade property and money. This is definitely one of the best rules in the game in my opinion. There is a jail card that sends you to jail for three turns or you can pay the bail for $50. I think the best thing to do when you go to jail is pay the bail immediately. 

Houses and hotels are add-ons you can put on properties to add more value to your property, so when you land on it, your opponent will have to pay more this rule makes the game so much more exciting and fun, because the feeling of someone landing on your property with a hotel on it it feels great. Monopoly rules can also alter between families. For example, my family has a rule that if you roll doubles more than three times, you have to go to jail. Another rule we have is any tax money or jail bail money goes to what we call the “kitty” (aka the middle of the board), and if you land on free parking, which is another spot on the board, you get all the money. It helps give free parking a purpose.

There are Monopoly roles as well, for example the banker and the realtor. The banker hands out the money to people when they pass go or mortgage a property or a house/hotel. Another responsibility of the banker is to take the money that people buy houses with and put it in the bank. The realtor’s job is to keep track and give out the properties that people buy. Personally my favorite is the banker because it’s fun counting all the fake money coming into the bank.

Monopoly is one of the best and most timeless board games of all time. I would really recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it yet.