[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopolyDecember 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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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.
All of the game pieces can be organized in the 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.
Here’s the game board in all its glory.
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.
The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.
And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.
Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.
And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.
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.
Exodia, obliterate their income!!
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.
Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…
Wait a minute…
Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.
And then there’s the… Umm…
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.
The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.
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.
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.)