I’ve had some fun this evening messing around with the new Monopoly MMO called Monopoly City Streets. It’s very impressive actually. It’s not a traditional MMORPG like World of Warcraft or anything like that, instead it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like – one giant online game of monopoly. But the coolest thing about it? It’s developed on Google Maps meaning you can purchase almost every single street in the world.
It’s completely free to play and runs in your browser and is very easy to setup and get started with. In fact, when I first loaded it up, it asked if I wanted to purchase the street I lived on. I tried but alas it had already been taken. In fact, almost everywhere I tried was already bought which is both equally frustrating and impressive considering the game only went live two days ago. So, I’m stuck with some piddly little street in the middle of nowhere in whilst waiting to find out if anyone accepts the offers I put down on property around Scotland and Japan.
I don’t quite know how all of the mechanics work yet but it’s similar to the board game of monopoly by which you get a large amount of cash to start with and the ability to build houses and the like on streets you own. You can also try to buy out your neighbours or sabotage them using Chance cards. I’m not sure how you earn money yet (or even if you can) because obviously there’s no little platic hats, shoes or irons jumping hopping around the streets to land on your multi-million dollar 5 star mega hotel.
The entire game runs until January 2010 and it will certainly be interesting to see how the world shapes up there. My only regret is that I didn’t get on sooner and buy up more property. I’ll be kinda narked if everything’s taken and no one sells up. This is my once chance to actually afford to buy the house I live in after all. I may not be able to get a mortgage in real life but I’ll be damned if I miss out on my virtual one too!
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