[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

December 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Did you know that there are two different English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly? This Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of the classic board game produced by Winning Moves, a developer and manufacturer of all types of games based in London.

This post makes a few comparisons of Winning Moves’ product to USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, which I covered in YGOFTH 2016, so be sure to take a look at that write-up too.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Cracking open the game box reveals the game board, folded in quarters, and the Monopoly banker’s tray.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Strangely, the design of this tray isn’t suitable for Monopoly’s game pieces. There are only five narrow slots for the banknotes in the center of the tray, even though Monopoly has seven different banknotes. Below those five slots is a small tray where I put the remaining two stacks of banknotes. There are two large trays to the left and right of the center trays, but they have no partitions. They are hardly suitable to hold the remaining cards and loose pieces, but we make do with what we have.

On the plus side, there is a nice cloth pouch to hold all of the houses, hotels, and dice.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly cloth pouch for loose pieces

There is also a special tray to hold the Millennium Item tokens. More on this later.

Like USAopoly’s game, the currency in Winning Moves’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is Duel Points (DP). These bills are styled to look like the Battle City Duel Disk.

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

Winning Moves’ game board has the same properties as USAopoly’s. The style, colors, and design of the boards are different.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Monsters are the equivalent of the colored properties (streets and avenues) found in traditional Monopoly. Here are the title deed cards for the Monsters.

Front of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

Back of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

The Egyptian God Cards take the place of the railroad stations.

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

And the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

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

It’s Your Move (IYM) cards and It’s Time to Duel (ITTD) cards are the equivalent of classic Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, respectively.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Your Move cards

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Time to Duel cards

There are a few minor differences in the text between Winning Moves’ and USAopoly’s IYM and ITTD cards, but the ideas they convey are the same. More importantly, the instructions on the cards are the same.

According to the instruction manual, houses and hotels of traditional Monopoly are called Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. However, they look like the buildings used in traditional Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena and Game Shop buildings

A Game Shop is a small red plastic building, and a Duel Arena is a large black plastic building. This is unlike USAopoly’s product, which have pieces that are molded in the shape of Grandpa’s Game Shop building and Duelist Kingdom’s Duel Arena structures.

The game tokens are made of metal and are shaped like the Millennium Items.

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

Winning Moves’ tokens are quite different than USAopoly’s. Aside from the colors — Winning Moves’ tokens are gold while USAopoly’s are silver — the molds are completely different. Winning Moves’ tokens are larger, heavier, and more detailed. Furthermore, the tokens look like they have been torched or have had patinas applied to them, giving them an attractive aged look.

Winning Moves includes a tray that securely holds the Millennium Items in place for display when the game is put away.

Tray for holding the Millennium Item tokens in Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

There is an unfortunate downside to Winning Moves’ product. Winning Moves only includes six tokens — the Millennium Puzzle isn’t included! This is not a production mistake as the display tray lacks a slot for the Millennium Puzzle, and the instruction manual states that the game is only for two to six players. USAopoly includes all seven Millennium Items in its version.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye, Scale, and Necklace on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Key, Ring, and Rod on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The instruction manual also provides the rules of the game and lists the differences between Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and classic Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

Yes, that is Rich Uncle Pennybags carrying the Millennium Rod instead of a cane.

Winning Moves also includes a demo card for Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of a popular card game in the United Kingdom.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

To learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, check out my YGOFTH 2016 entry about the game.

So why are there two English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly anyway? As expected, the answer is uninteresting to consumers: licensing. Winning Moves owns the rights to produce Monopoly for Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. But USAopoly can only make and sell the game in the United States and Canada.

Where To Buy

If you’re in the United Kingdom or European Union, you can buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly directly from Winning Moves for £29.99 (about $40).

If you’re in the United States or a country where Winning Moves doesn’t sell its games, try looking for a vendor on the Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that is willing to ship this product overseas.

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[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps cards

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2016. Today’s entry will look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of Top Trumps, a popular card game in the United Kingdom that originated in the 1970s. Top Trumps cards are sold in packs, and each pack centers around a particular theme. There are hundreds of different themes out there — everything from military aircraft to the periodic table of the elements, dinosaurs to soccer stars, Harry Potter to the X-Men. Each card features a character or subject and contains a description and a list of categories and their accompanying numerical values.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the cards feature characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and the categories are Highest Level, Number of Cards, Highest Attack Points, Highest Defense Points, and Number of Duels.

Did you know that Yugi Muto has played 98 cards throughout the series? Or that Mai Valentine’s strongest card only has 2000 attack points? Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps helps you discover these and other facts about the show’s characters. Because Top Trumps cards feature various biographical data and numerical statistics about their subjects, they are often used as learning tools. There is even a national Top Trumps tournament held between thousands of elementary schools in the United Kingdom.

Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card
Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

The goal of Top Trumps is to win all of your opponents’ cards. To begin, the players are dealt all of the cards face down, and the players keep their cards face down in a stack. The player to the left of the dealer begins by flipping his top card face-up, looking at his card, and calling out a category. The other players then flip their top card face-up. The player whose card has the highest value in that category wins that round and takes all of the face-up cards and puts them on the bottom of his stack.

If there is a tie, or if the value of a card doesn’t exist for the called category, all of the face-up cards are placed in the center, and the turn player goes again until there is a winner. The winner of the round will also get all the cards in the center. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, a value of “Infinity” always wins, and a value of “Unknown” always forces the turn player to go again.

Sounds easy, right? Let’s play an example round. Suppose I play Téa Gardner and my opponent plays Mai Valentine.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Tea Gardner and Mai Valentine cards

Téa will beat Mai if I call the Highest Attack Points category. But Mai will beat Téa if I call the Number of Cards, Highest Defense Points, or Number of Duels category. The Highest Level category results in a tie, in which case I would flip over my next card and try again.

Top Trumps is an entirely self-contained game. There are 30 cards in a pack, and each pack includes the same cards. Each card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches. Here are some of the other cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition.

Yugi and his friends and family:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Grandpa, Joey, Yugi, Tea, and Tristan cards

Marik and his Rare Hunter goons:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Umbra & Lumis, Strings, Arkana, and Marik Ishtar cards

The Kaiba Brothers:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Seto and Mokuba Kaiba cards

Guardians of the Pharaoh:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Aknadin, Isis, Mahad, and Seto cards

Yami Yugi might be labeled as this game’s “Top Trump!” but there is at least one card that will always beat him…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps deck of cards and Yami Yugi card

The other cards in the set are Bandit Keith, Bonz, Dartz, Ishizu Ishtar, Mako Tsunami, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, PaniK, Rafael, Rex Raptor, Shadi, Weevil Underwood, and Yami Bakura.

Also included is a card explaining the rules of the game, plus a special buy-5-get-1-free offer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps rule card and proof of purchase card

The instructions for the special offer are meant for the British market, but the producer of the game is also offering the same deal to the U.S. market.

Where To Buy

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps is owned and produced by Winning Moves, a maker of all types of board and card games. In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps can be purchased directly from Winning Moves for $7.99.

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