As proof that Monopoly is truly an American game, Hasbro, Inc. added a new game token this year: a money sack. It beat out the piggy bank and biplane. The 11 tokens now used in the classic Monopoly game are a boot, iron, racecar, top hat, thimble, battleship, cannon, wheelbarrow, dog, and horse and rider. These last three were added in the early '50s.
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Things you need
- Monopoly 3-D Puzzle
- Monopoly Junior
- Monopoly Games
- Handheld Electronic Monopoly
- Monopoly CD-ROM
Keep an eye on other players. Don't let on if they take a property you really want.
Buy everything you can except Park Place and Boardwalk (blue properties); Atlantic, Marvin Gardens, and Ventnor (yellow properties); and Pennsylvania, Pacific, and North Carolina (green properties).
Buy one each of the blue, yellow and green properties to break any other player's chance at a monopoly.
Go for the Tennessee, St. James Place, and New York (orange properties) and Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky (red properties). They're more likely to be visited because of their locations on the board.
Try to get players to sell you property instead of mortgaging when they owe you money. Heavily mortgaged properties can be bought cheaply by other players who land on them.
Build up to three houses on each of your properties, but not more than that, for the best return.
Use the rules to your advantage. If you land on a property, don't automatically hand over the rent. If two people roll the dice after your turn and no one notices, you're off the hook.
Tips and warnings
- Keep some money in reserve. Remember, you'll have to pay rents and other fees.