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10 Fun Board Games About Money

Updated on November 8, 2012
Illustration by A-Digit
Illustration by A-Digit

How about a traditional way of having fun and learning a bit while you're at it?

Board games have proven to be a great way to spend time with your friends and family even with the continual surge of computers and technology. Money for a number of folk is in high demand but scarce supply, and these games can be so thought-provoking that you may get ideas on how to make that money tree in your garden to bear a bit more. These are 10 fun games, with varying difficulties. Most of them require good wholesome concentration, and some of them are good for small children as well.

Power Grid

Power Grid is a German styled board game that is industrial oriented - much like what the Germans are famous for. On one side of the board is a map of Germany and on the other is a map of America. Several cities are highlighted on both maps, and the intent of the game is to distribute electricity across as many cities as possible. To do this means that you will have to expand your business by buying more power plants, more resources and building more cities. To be the winner, you will have to be the greatest supplier of power across the grid.

Mr. Monopoly!
Mr. Monopoly!


Monopoly is probably the most famous commercial board game of all. Everyone who has played this game will know that "4 Green houses = 1 Red Hotel". The aim of the game is to have singular control over as many sectors as possible, or at least have the greatest value of assets and capital. Since the invention of this game in the 1900s , there has been a wide variety of versions with enhancements. Although criticisms surface about encouraging the 'dog-eat-dog capitalist walk over you to get to the top' mentality, it cannot be argued that this game is truly a classic.


Money is what you need to collect in this game, and lots of it within one currency as much as you can. This is all that you have to work with:

  • 63 Bank Notes in 7 Currencies
  • 6 Gold Coins
  • 5 Play Money Cards

Modern Art

Modern Art is a valuable asset that you can either purchase or sell. As a dealer/collector, your aim is to make profits by buying and reselling artistic pieces. To win you simply have to make the most money.

Merchants of Amsterdam

Merchants of Amsterdam were masters of commerce in the 1600s. As a knight you will compete with other knights in building castles and winning tournaments. You will be the victor in one of three ways:

  1. build FOUR castles with different banners.

  2. build THREE different castles.

  3. build TWO castles and win THREE tournaments.


Genoa, otherwise known as Traders of Genoa is a game for the clever in mind. Fulfill orders, deliver messages trade and take ownership of many important buildings. At the end of the game the player with the most ducats (gold coins) is the winner.

Cashflow 101 & 202

Cashflow Board Games are rooted in the philosophy of financial educator, best selling author and millionaire Robert Kiyosaki. The Rich Dad Foundation (founded by R. Kiyosaki) has produced Cashflow 101 and Cashflow 202, which are the two board games with the latter being for the more advanced player. The purpose of the game is to provide a platform for people to learn the dynamics of building businesses and investing. The aim is to get out of that dreadful Rat Race, and get into the Fast Lane. To win you will have either BUY your dream, or earn a minimum of $50,000 in monthly cashflow. The game is highly engaging, fun and educational as principles you learn by playing the game can be applied to real life.


Brass is another very strategic game where the aim is to build build cotton mills, coal mines, iron works, canals, railways, ports, and shipyards. To be the winner means that your empire in this industrial revolution is the greatest.


Acquire is a highly rated game with a similar focus like that of Monopoly. The object of the game is to build your noble chain of hotels. The holding, trading and selling of stock is also involved in the game, and to win you will have to possess the highest value in liquidated assets.


Agricola is the name speaking of who you are in this game. Agricola is the latin word meaning Farmer. This game has the nature of engaging more human emotion as the story can be identified with. As a farmer, you live with your wife in a wooden home; life is challenging and you are faced with decisions at every play. The aim is to make the greatest progress in life in comparison to the other Agricolas. This game requires quite a bit of strategy and is highly engaging.


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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      I love Monopoly. I have never heard of any of these others games. I will have to check them out!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Cool hub with nice overview of board games about money. I've never heard of half of these games but they seem interesting.

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      Gary Sonnenberg 6 years ago

      I've played over half of these board games and consider Agricola, which I've played several hundred times, to be the best. There are so many options when played with the hundreds of cards that it comes with that it's very difficult to tire of playing it.

      I have to disagree that this is a game about money though. In fact, there's no cash at all in this one. There is food and many types of resources (and fuel, if you play with the Farmers of the Moor expansion), but no money.

      And I hate to nitpick, but you might want to check your spelling of Acquire.

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      cons11 7 years ago

      hmm might try a couple of these myself,only tried monopoly,have 4 different versions

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks so much :) Tried monopoly electronic banking with family, and it was truly fun!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Why it is I always have such a good time when I come to visit your Hubs. . .this one really sounds like a lot of fun. . Great Hub. .big thumbs up!