Monopoly on Brands: How Hasbro Turned Your Favorite Logos into a Board Game Bonanza!

If you're a fan of Monopoly, you know that the classic board game involves buying and selling properties, building houses and hotels, and collecting rent from your opponents. But what if I told you that there's a version of Monopoly where you can buy and sell major brands instead? Welcome to Monopoly Empire!

That's right, in 2013, the toy company Hasbro launched a new version of Monopoly that puts a twist on the classic game. Instead of buying properties like Park Place and Boardwalk, players buy and sell major brands like McDonald's, Coca-Cola, and Xbox. The game board is even designed to look like a city skyline, with iconic brand logos standing in for skyscrapers.

Now, you might be thinking, "Wait a minute, how does this even work? How can you buy and sell brands like they're properties?" Well, in Monopoly Empire, each player starts with a set amount of money and a randomly assigned brand card. The goal of the game is to collect as many brands as possible, and the player with the most valuable portfolio at the end of the game wins.

Throughout the game, players roll the dice to move around the board and can land on spaces that allow them to collect rent from other players or earn bonus cash. There are also spaces that let players collect brand tokens, which can be used to upgrade their brands to higher-value cards.

But the real fun of Monopoly Empire is in the brands themselves. Not only do you get to collect major logos like McDonald's and Coca-Cola, but you also get to see which brands are the most valuable. For example, in the game, Coca-Cola is worth more than Ford and Xbox is worth more than Nestle. It's a fun way to learn about the world of branding and marketing, while also having a blast with your friends and family.

Of course, there are some downsides to Monopoly Empire. For one thing, it's not as strategic as the classic game of Monopoly. Since the game is based on luck and chance, it's possible to win or lose based on the roll of the dice. Plus, some people might not be too thrilled about the idea of turning major brands into commodities that can be bought and sold.

But overall, Monopoly Empire is a fun and unique take on the classic board game. Whether you're a die-hard Monopoly fan or just looking for a fun way to spend an evening with friends, this game is definitely worth a try. Who knows, you might just discover that you have a knack for buying and selling brands! So go ahead and give Monopoly Empire a spin - you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.