Monopoly video games

There have been more than a dozen video game adaptations of Parker Brothers and Hasbro's board game Monopoly.

Monopoly ps3
2008 Monopoly PlayStation 3 version cover art
Genre(s)Strategy, board game
Composer(s)Ian Livingstone (2008)
Platform(s)Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, GameCube,, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, iOS, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile, Genesis, Master System, Super NES, Microsoft Windows, Wii, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum
First releaseMonopoly
Latest releaseMonopoly for Nintendo Switch


  • Monopoly (1985) by Leisure Genius, multi-platform
  • Monopoly (1988) by Nexa Corporation for Sega Master System
  • Monopoly (1991) by Sculptured Software for Game Boy and NES
  • Monopoly (1993)
  • Monopoly (1995) by Westwood Studios for Macintosh and Windows
  • The Monopoly Game 2 (1995, Japan) by Tomcat System for Super Famicom
  • Monopoly (1997) by Gremlin Interactive for PlayStation
  • Monopoly Star Wars (1997) by Artech Digital Entertainment for Windows
  • Monopoly (1999) by Mind's Eye Productions for Nintendo 64
  • Monopoly (2000) by Artech Studios for Macintosh, Windows and PlayStation Portable
  • Monopoly Tycoon (2001) by Deep Red Games for Windows and mobiles
  • Monopoly Party (2002) by Runecraft for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube
  • Monopoly (2008)
  • Monopoly Here and Now (2009) by EA Mobile for iOS
  • Monopoly Streets (2010) by EA Salt Lake for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
  • Monopoly Plus (2014)
  • Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (2017)


Early versions

Many unlicensed, non-commercial computer games based on Monopoly were distributed on bulletin board systems, public domain software disks and academic computer systems, and appeared as early as the late 1970s. At the time, Parker Brothers was unaware of this distribution until a user informed them of one version that stated "A Parker Brother game" on the title screen; the company then began enforcing its copyright and trademark on Monopoly.[1]

Over the years, Monopoly has been released for different operating systems on the PC and Macintosh platforms. The first of the legally licensed commercial adaptations began in 1985 for the BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum. Versions have been licensed and produced for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Master System, Genesis, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as mobile device (PDA/Smartphone) versions.

The Monopoly video games play by the same rules as the standard board game, allowing for single or multiplayer games. When a single player game is chosen, the game in question would generate computer-controlled opponents.

Console and computer versions

Monopoly for the PlayStation was developed by Gremlin Interactive, and a Windows and Macintosh version by Westwood Studios. The Windows/Mac version played top down, while the PlayStation version was in 3D. They both had cutscenes in common, played when showing the game pieces moving on their own.[2] In 1998, Hasbro Interactive released a Monopoly video game for Microsoft Windows, which used 3D graphics instead of the top-down design used in previous versions. It ran on Windows 95 (although can be run on up to Windows XP, but won't work on Windows Vista and up) and had a special online play feature which used a modem.

A new version developed by Electronic Arts was released in 2008 for the Wii, PlayStation 3, iPhone and Xbox 360, with a slightly stripped-down version for the PlayStation 2. It includes a transatlantic selection of boards, including the new Here & Now edition boards and new game mode, Richest. There are no online features, however. EA's Monopoly game scored fairly poorly, with a 54% average on the PS3 on Metacritic,[3] and 56% on the Xbox 360.[4] The Wii version fared better with 70%.[5] The Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK were most positive in their evaluation of the Wii version, which they called "great fun" in the Christmas 2008 issue.[6] Eurogamer was less enthusiastic, saying: "For the price of Monopoly for Wii, you could buy real Monopoly. Twice. Or you could just buy no Monopoly at all and spend the money on something more likely to inspire amity and harmony, like a book by Hitler."[7]

The Monopoly Family Fun Pack, produced by Ubisoft for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, was released on November 18, 2014. It is an on-disc bundle consisting of the digitally-released Monopoly Plus and Monopoly Deal, as well as Monopoly Plus's My Monopoly expansion.[8] In 2017, Ubisoft will release a more traditional Monopoly video game on the Nintendo Switch, which will take advantage of the Joy-Con's "HD Rumble" feature.[9]

Other versions

An electronic handheld version of the game was marketed from 1997–2001.[10]

An online version of Monopoly that used Google Maps as the board[11] was live for several months in 2009.


  1. ^ Leemon, Sheldon (January 1988). "Go Directly To Jail". Microscope. Compute!. 10 (92). ABC Publishing. p. 30. Retrieved 5 July 2016. As it turns out, the company has been completely unaware of what was going on. It was not until a user named David Addison made and distributed a particularly detailed version of the game on the Amiga that Parker Brothers became aware of the problem. This program contained the phrase "A Parker Brother game" on its title screen, which apparently made someone think that Parker Brothers might be interested. They were not only interested, but appalled to learn how many computer versions were being circulated.
  2. ^ "Monopoly for Macintosh (1996)". MobyGames. Blue Flame Labs. 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Monopoly Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Monopoly Critic Reviews for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Monopoly Critic Reviews for Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Monopoly Review // The classic board game becomes a classic Wii title". Official Nintendo Magazine. Nintendo UK. 27 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ Gibson, Ellie (18 December 2008). "Wii Christmas Roundup". EuroGamer. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Ubisoft – Monopoly Family Fun Pack".
  9. ^ "Monopoly Coming To Nintendo Switch With HD Rumble Dice Rolling". Nintendo Life. April 13, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "Electronic Handheld Game" (PDF). Hasbro. Parker Brothers. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Google-Powered Monopoly Still Under Construction". WIRED. 11 September 2009.

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Automonopoli, also known as Go to Jail, is an unauthorised computer version of the boardgame Monopoly, released in June 1983 by Automata UK for the ZX Spectrum. Although other two-player Monopoly computer programs already existed, the developer advertised that their Automonopoli was the first with an artificial intelligence strong enough to compete against and defeat human players.

Initially released under the name Automonopoli, Waddingtons threatened legal action against Automata, and within weeks of its release the game was rebranded as Go to Jail. Waddingtons, concerned about the potential impact on a forthcoming official Monopoly video game, began formal court proceedings against Automata in late 1983, and the game was withdrawn from sale in early 1984.

Monopoly (1985 video game)

Monopoly is a 1985 multi-platform video game based on the board game Monopoly, released on the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, Tatung Einstein, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, and ZX Spectrum. Published by Leisure Genius, this title was one of many inspired by the property.

Monopoly (1988 video game)

Monopoly is a Sega Master System video game based on the board game Monopoly, released in 1988. Developed by Nexa Corporation and published by Sega itself, this title was one of many inspired by the property. According to Game Freaks 365, the game was "one of the first real boardgames that was programmed" into a video game.

Monopoly (1991 video game)

Monopoly is a video game based on the board game Monopoly, released on Game Boy, Genesis, NES, and SNES. Developed by Sculptured Software and published by Parker Brothers (the Game Boy version was published by Majesco Sales), this title was one of many inspired by the property.

It is not to be confused with the 1993 Monopoly game, which was released in Japan only.

Monopoly (1995 video game)

Monopoly is a 1995 computer game based on the board game Monopoly. Developed by Westwood Studios, published by Hasbro Electronic Entertainment and distributed by Virgin Interactive Entertainment. this title was one of many inspired by the property.

Monopoly (1997 video game)

Monopoly is a PlayStation video game based on the board game Monopoly, released on November 6, 1997. Developed by Gremlin Interactive and published by Hasbro Interactive, this title was one of many inspired by the property.

Monopoly (1999 video game)

Monopoly is a Nintendo 64 video game based on the board game Monopoly, released on December 18, 1999. Developed by Mind's Eye Productions and published by Hasbro Interactive, this title was one of many inspired by the property.

Monopoly (2000 video game)

Monopoly is a 2000 computer game based on the board game Monopoly, released for Microsoft Windows & Macintosh. Developed by Artech Studios and published by MacSoft, this title was one of many inspired by the property dealing board games. A remastered version of the game entitled Monopoly New Edition (also known as Monopoly 3) was released on September 30, 2002, and published by Infogrames. A PlayStation Portable version was released in 2008.

Monopoly Here and Now (video game)

Monopoly Here and Now is an iOS video game adaption of the board game of the same name, which itself is a version of the classic board game Monopoly. It was developed by EA Mobile and Hasbro. The game marked the franchise's debut into the iOS market, and was launched on May 21, 2009. The game was also scheduled for release on Nokia N-Gage. The game was added to the platform in 2009.

Monopoly Star Wars

Monopoly Star Wars is the 1997 Monopoly franchise Star Wars video game based on the board game and set in the Star Wars fictional universe. It is one of many Monopoly video game adaptions. The game was developed by Artech Digital Entertainment and published by Hasbro Interactive. It was released exclusively for Microsoft Windows computers. The game employs the same basic ruleset of traditional Monopoly gameplay, but the Star Wars theme includes famous characters and locales in place of the original game pieces and properties.

Monopoly Streets

Monopoly Streets is a video game based on the board game of the same name, and one of many in the Monopoly video game series. Developed by EA Salt Lake and published by Electronic Arts, the game was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on October 26, 2010.

Monopoly Tycoon

Monopoly Tycoon is a construction and management simulation PC game published in 2001. The player operates a business that owns stores and apartments in a city derived from the Monopoly board game. Instead of using dice, the game relies more on the speed and innovativeness of the players. In the standard mode, the user plays against the AI opponents. In the multiplayer version, players go against other online players in order to gain victory.

There are various levels with varying difficulty. Some involve just financial prosperity of the businesses while others involve success in the political arena. But the primary objective of most levels is to accumulate the most wealth in the given time.

The Monopoly Game 2

The Monopoly Game 2 (ザ・モノポリーゲーム 2, Za Monopori Gemu 2) is a 1995 video game for the Super Famicom, developed by Tomcat System, and jointly published by Tomy and Ape. It was not released outside of Japan.This game is the sequel to a 1993 Super Famicom game called Monopoly, which was published by Tomy and developed by Ape and CreamSoft (not to be confused with the 1991 Monopoly game by Sculptured Software). It was likewise Japan only.Aside from co-developing the game, Ape also wrote a complete guidebook to it with rules and tactics. It was released in May 1995 by book publishing company Aspect (not to be confused with the game development company Aspect).

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Monopoly on television
Monopoly metaphors
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