13.11.2015

Monopoly Cape Town Edition

A regional version of the fast-dealing property trading game is here

Finally there’s a way for young South Africans to buy Cape Town property. And while no true Capetonian would be content with winning second prize in a beauty competition, they can be glad that there’s now a local version of the landlord’s favourite game. 

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, having first hit shelves in 1935, Monopoly is played in 111 countries in 43 languages by 500 million people.

But the really impressive statistic is just how many different versions of the game there are.

There’s an Adventure Time Monopoly, Batman Monopoly, a bird edition called Birdopoly, a Beatles edition, a Bible edition called Bibleopoly, a cat lovers edition, a Coca Cola edition, a Disney theme park edition, a dot com edition, an electronic banking edition, Elvis Monopoly, Game of Thrones Monopoly, German Sheperdopoly, a Godfather Collectors edition, Harley Davidson Monopoly, Hello Kitty Monopoly, an inflatable edition, KISSopoly, a Metallica edition, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic edition, three different Pokemon editions, Seinfeld Monopoly, Snoopy Monopoly, Snowboarding Monopoly, Sonic the Hedgehog Monopoly, Simpsons Monopoly, Spongebob Monopoly, Star Trek Monopoly, 5 Star Wars editions…

In fact, the Monopoly forums (yep, such a thing exists) claim that there are 28 234 versions. And counting.

Does any other game, book, movie or anything else compete with the power of Monopoly? The Fast and The Furious franchise is trying (R.I.P Paul Walker), but no, clearly not.

For the Cape Town edition the famous streets found on the original have been replaced with the Cape’s tourism attractions. Game play remains the same where luck is still a large part of the game and extreme left leanings are frowned upon. In fact, the only difference is that now players can visit the big 7 Capetonian attractions, find a spot on our top beaches, go to jail (missed a trick not making that square Pollsmoor Prison) and swim with sharks.

And we were as gutted as you'll be when you see that they've replaced the little Scottish Terrier with a cat.