Play Monopoly-Google Earth Style

According to a number of news reports on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009, Hasbro, makers of the 74-year old Monopoly game, announced that they have teamed up with Google Earth to develop an online version of the popular board game. They have developed a free, limited time, web-based version that utilizes Google Earth and Street View to turn planet Earth into one giant Monopoly game.

Hasbro describes Monopoly City Streets "a game of property empire building on an unimaginable scale in a bid to uncover the greatest property magnate the world has ever known."

In th e online version, players are allowed to construct anything on their properties, such as, castles, schools, cottages, or skyscrapers. With that in mind, it becomes fairly obvious that $200 start-up money isn't going to cut it. This online version gives you a cool $3 million to play with.

The game only allows one person to buy a property at a time and the rent is paid automatically. The Chance cards allow some cool features not found in the traditonal game. You can build sewage plants and prisons on your competitors' properties.

This Street View version is only available for a very limited time, 4 months from today's launch, as a promotion for Hasbro's "Monopoly City", a 3D version.

When it launched today, reports indicate that there was such a spike in traffic to download Monopoly City Streets, it knocked out the servers. Be patient while they try to restore everything.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This is too cool to pass up. Who wouldn't want to play this? I wonder how the game pieces will work? I want to be the car!!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...I'm anxious to see it as well, Dohn. I was always the iron.


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ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

Cool!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Good to see you ecoggins!


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area

Great hub! I started a thread on the topic earlier today:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/21161

In fact, I jumped into the game today too. BOY was it slow! Good thing I had time to dedicate to it...

When things slow down, it looks like the game will be really sweet though! Kudos to Hasbro for doing a great job marketing their new product!


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Wow, how interesting! I love playing on Google Earth! Adding the benefit to play monopoly only makes it more fun. Thanks for sharing this great hub!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hi Wedding Consultant, it's still downloading for me, yes, really slow. I have 10 other Google Earth hubs and this just works in nicely with the rest. Thanks for posting the forum thread. I'll have to take a look!

Lucey, I think it'll be fun!

Good to see you both and thanks so much for stopping by.


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landthatilove 7 years ago from ohio

KCC This is way cool. Is there an observer option to the game? Are you going to play? Sounds like you are. You MUST keep us updated!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I haven't been able to get it downloaded. It's TOO popular at the moment. I'll report back when I have more info.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

That's pretty cool. I can now build my own empire and rule it! Mwahahaha! Okay, trying not to get carried away with it.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....calm down Mayhmong!


Crazdwriter 7 years ago

that is really cool. I like fooling around with Google Earth and now they made a game out of an already popular game. very cool!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Crazdwriter! I hope I get to play it soon, I'm still having trouble getting it downloaded.


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

wow, this sounds amazing, im on my way to get it right now...there goes my writing for the night


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...let us know how you like it, sunforged! Thanks for stopping by!


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euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

Very interesting. I remember playing the local version of monopoly countless hours as a child. Though I think I will download it only after the hype has cooled down a little bit. Thank you for the pointer.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

-sigh- this will only magnify my already crowded gaming obsession...there is just not enough time in the day. Thanks for adding this one, again, you have encouraged me to another potentially awesome product.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree, Euro-pen, but with only a 4 month window to play it, I'm not sure when to expect it to settle down.

AIDY, so little time, right? LOL I'm not a big online gaming person, but I've played a few things. I have to admit the Google Earth aspect of this one really intrigues me.

Thank you both for stopping by!


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

This is a great idea! I have always loved maps and Monopoly is such a fun game that they should go well together.


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jrcemail 7 years ago

No waaaaay!?!?!?! I'm excited!!!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awesome! Jrcemail! Thanks for stopping by!


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Epsilon5 7 years ago from Eastern Pennsylvania

Thanks for writing your article. You've got me hooked!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awesome! I'm glad you are enjoying it! Thanks, Epsilon5!

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