Did you know we sell over 50 different versions of Monopoly available on our site? We have everything from Dukeopoly, to Denveropoly, Wizard of Oz – opoly. I was reading a short piece on the history of Monopoly and never realized how widespread the game really is. Facebook will soon be announcing their 500 millionth user, while Monopoly has already been played by more people than that. You thought Facebook was taking over the world?
Monopoly City Streets
Monopoly City Streets was released late in 2009 to help spur users into playing a massive multi-player online version of the popular board game. I remember being extremely excited about this push, only to be let down by the web server issues, hackers, and what seemed to be impossible numbers others were achieving. It was mediocre fun to say the least. I think Monopoly will always be more fun when played around a small coffee table. The online game has been shut down.
Monopoly in World War II
Did you know that Monopoly was used to help prisoners of war plan their escape? Here’s an excerpt from a site that goes more in depth as to how it was used:
As he gently spread the layers of cardboard of the package, he found two slivers of metal which screwed together to form a file. He broke the little wooden red hotel to find a tiny silk map of his region folded very tightly. Under the packaged Monopoly money was real German Reich marks ready to spend and, finally, inside the Scotty dog was a tiny compass.
Monopoly Facts, Courtesy of Hasbro
- Over 5,120,000,000 little green houses have been “constructed” since the Monopoly game was introduced in 1935.
- The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!
- In the 1970′s, a Braille edition of the Monopoly game was created for the visually impaired.
- The total amount of money in a standard Monopoly game is $15,140.
- A set made by Alfred Dunhill, that included gold and silver houses and hotels, sold for $25,000.