Remember when you were a kid, and a game of Monopoly always seemed like a great idea until Hour 3, where you cursed yourself for spending all that time buying “fun” things like railroads, and felt the need to cry but tried to hold it in like a champ? (I could have put a very poor “Water Works” joke in here, but chose not to.) Try to keep your not-so-fond memories in the past, since this is the future. That play on words is pretty terrible too.
While they might have a Monopoly for everything these days (Dog Lovers Monopoly? Really?) my eyes still focused on one of the newer addition to the Monopoly Family – Ladies and gentleman, they now make a Futurama Monopoly. I thought I was waiting for a long time for the show to be back on television; little did I know that I was unknowingly waiting an even longer time to see some of my favorite characters grace the box for one of America’s favorite (if not sometimes argument-inducing) board games.
Instead of the traditional houses and hotels, we’re treated with Resi-Domes and People Hives. Enjoy buying Robot Arms Apartments and Wong Ranch, while thinking about how you don’t miss Marvin Gardens one bit.
The game’s tokens were chosen by fans of the show, and include Bender, Hypnotoad, A Brain Slug, the Planet Express Ship, Seymour, and the “What If” Machine. They included Seymour, Fry’s dog, from my favorite/most emotional episode ever, “Jurassic Bark”? I love you, fans! Good thing I don’t have to lug along my original favorite token, “the iron”, when playing. But let me be honest: I bring that tiny iron everywhere with me.
The brainpower behind Futurama Monopoly also solved one of the game’s biggest issues that I already complained about, by including the rules for a 60-minute speedplay version.
I am a firm believer that no boardgame should last over 60 minutes as-is, so I’m grateful.
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