Here are nineteen of the weirdest, craziest, and all-time most bizarre variants of Monopoly ever made. These are the real deal — not “fan creations.” And every single one begs the question… “Why?”
Heinz Ketchup Monopoly
The whole “ketchup board game” is kooky enough, but how can Heinz possibly fill an entire Monopoly board with spaces based on ketchup? A better question, though, is… Who on earth would buy this?
The properties are products. The houses and hotels are “Greenrooms” and “Studios.” Instead of “Community Chest” and “Chance” cards, they have “Quality” and “Value” cards that say things like, “You receive an invite from Kathy to buy something nice! Collect $100!” I couldn’t make this up.
Batman & Robin Monopoly
Out of all the Batman movies, they choose to make a board game out of this one?
Not an officially licensed Monopoly game, but distributed widely enough to offend pretty much everyone who saw it when it first came out. According to the back of the box, Ghetto-opoly is all about “buying stolen properties, pimpin’ hoes, building crack houses, paying protection fees, and getting car jacked.” Oh, and the game pieces? A pimp, hooker, basketball, liquor bottle, Uzi, Marijuana leaf, and bag of crack cocaine. Lovely.
Powerpuff Girls Monopoly
Warning: contains enough sickly sweet cuteness to kill a puppy.
A celebration of the online business boom of the 90s (which later bombed). The game spaces are made up of dot-com companies like eBay, iVillage, AltaVista, and others you may or may not remember. Game pieces include a desktop PC, a hand cursor, an arrow cursor, a surfboard (get it?), a flat panel monitor, a mouse (the animal, not the hardware), an envelope representing email, and a microchip. Ain’t that precious.
A coffee-themed game from rip-off look-alike publisher Late for the Sky, this a way over-the-top variant for the Starbucks set.
HP Invent Supply Chain Monopoly
Monopoly for the corporate shark, that supposedly has the real-world application of “helping you own all 22 steps in the supply chain.” Whatever that means.
Fishing: Prize Catch Monopoly
Guaranteed to be every bit as exciting as Monopoly: Linoleum Edition.
Another unofficial variant that’s a must-have for all twelve people who own it.
Monopoly: BBK Clinical Research & Development Edition
Made as a novelty item given out to attendees at the Drug Information Association conference, this one is (thankfully) rather tongue-in-cheek, celebrating the building of empires via Big Pharma. Of course, only those who actually build such pharmaceutical empires are actually playing it, so I guess it’s something they play when they’re tired of counting their piles of cash.
See last entry. Replace “pharmaceutical” references with “cosmetics.”
This “major consumer brand” variant thing is getting out of hand…
General Mills Monopoly
Oh, come on. Is no childhood favorite sacred? Apparently not, since the game pieces are a who’s who list of GM characters: Hamburger Helper’s “Helping Hand,” Betty Crocker spoon, the Trix rabbit, Lucky the Leprecheun, the Green Giant, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and more.
You’re not allowed to play it unless you have a gut.
Because no list is complete without a healthy dose of kitschy Japanese culture!
Winner of the “Most Unnecessary Monopoly of All Time” award.
The most appalling entry on this list. But don’t write angry letters to Parker Bros. — this is another unsanctioned knock-off. You play against one to three friends, trying to fill your own hospital with patients. The player who fills their hospital first wins. Just like in real life!
It just writes its own punchline, doesn’t it?