[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopoly

December 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Front of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

How can you tell when a franchise has truly penetrated mainstream culture? By one measure, it’s whether or not it has its own official version of Monopoly! Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at Monopoly: Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition from USAopoly, a producer of games and collectibles that feature big-name brands and pop culture properties. The company currently has over 20 special-edition, officially-licensed Monopoly games on the market. This year, USAopoly released three Yu-Gi-Oh! products: Monopoly, a Millennium Puzzle coin bank, and a 550-piece puzzle.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is, quite simply, a variation of the popular “Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game” Monopoly by Hasbro. The game plays exactly the same as the standard Monopoly game, except all of the game elements are Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed. Let’s open a box and see what’s inside.

Back of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

All of the game pieces can be organized in the Monopoly banker’s tray.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Duel Points (DP) have exited the fictional world of Yu-Gi-Oh! video games and entered the real world! Here they are, as real as real Monopoly money.

The different denominations of USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Here’s the game board in all its glory.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

There are three types of properties in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly. The first are Monster Cards, which take the place of streets and avenues in the standard Monopoly game.

Front of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

Back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.

Back and front of a few It's Your Move cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.

Back and front of a few It's Time to Duel cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

Standard Monopoly’s houses and hotels are now Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. These small plastic pieces are surprisingly detailed. All of the windows of the Game Shop, and even the “GAME” logo hanging above the front entrance, are visible. The Duel Arena pieces show all 20 monster and spell/trap zones.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces viewed from different angles

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces on Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Toon Blue-Eyes properties

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces viewed from different angles

Exodia, obliterate their income!!

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces on Exodia and Game Shop pieces on Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon properties

The tokens are gorgeously crafted Millennium Items. They are all made of metal and feel substantive and heavy when you hold them in your hands.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…

Wait a minute…

The seven Millennium Items highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

The Millennium Staff and Millennium Scales highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.

And then there’s the… Umm…

The Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Ah, right! The legendary Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher. How could I forget. These names are also used in the included rule book, so they must be official!

In all seriousness, these Millennium Item tokens are beautiful and very well made. Their pictures on the back of the box are quite ugly and aren’t representative of what they actually look like.

Close-up of the Millennium Necklace, Rod, and Scale tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Ring and Key tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye and Puzzle tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

And last but not least is a fold-out rule book with instructions for how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and a summary of the differences between this game and standard Monopoly.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

In total, USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes the game board, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 It’s Time to Duel cards, 16 It’s Your Move cards, 32 Game Shops, 12 Duel Arenas, 7 Millennium Item tokens, 2 dice, and a stack of Duel Points money.

Where To Buy

USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is available from numerous online retailers, including Amazon.com (from both Amazon itself and third-party vendors), Dave and Adam’s Card World, and Fry’s Electronics. The MSRP is $39.95. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

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  1. Awww, the Game Shop houses and Duel Arena hotels are so cute! I am astounded at the level of detail put into those.

    I also like how you made sure to note that the bottom of the Eye is flat. Imagine if it kept rolling away during gameplay LOL.

    Like with the mugs, I’m a little bummed about the “clip art,” but at least they used that cute Yugi picture for the Duel Points. At least the tokens and the plastic pieces are quite original and well made. Thanks for the detailed review! :)

  2. Those Game Shops and Duel Arenas are great. I definitely wasn’t expecting those tiny plastic pieces to look so detailed and accurate, so that was a nice surprise. I love the tokens too. Thanks for reading!

  3. I buy, someone can help me for play?


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