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“Adulting is hard,”: take a break with Monopoly for Millennials

"Forget real estate, you can't afford it anyway"

This normal Monopoly board looks completely different in Monopoly for Millennials

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This normal Monopoly board looks completely different in Monopoly for Millennials

Cameron Rhode, Business Manager

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Monopoly is the infamously long board game that ruins friendships; Monopoly for Millennials is a twist on the classic board game by Hasbro.

Monopoly for Millennials throws out the main idea of Monopoly: money. Instead of winning by having the most money, you win by having the most experiences because, as the game reminds us, “Forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway.” The destinations act like property: once you land on it, you buy it and get paid in experience chips and non-liveable income whenever another player enjoys your destination.

However, the light-hearted game is not without some controversy. The Monopoly Man, also known as Milburn Pennybags, is dressed like a stereotypical millennial. He is rocking Ray-Bans and headphones with a to-go cup of coffee in hand. Pennybags also proudly sports a participation medal, another staple of the millennial experience. The pieces that you play as share the same theme as the rest of the game with the pieces available consisting of a bike, a hipster camera, sunglasses, a hashtag (yes, a hashtag), and multiple emojis.

“Well, avocado toast is our ‘fav,’ Ray-Bans are ‘on fleek’ and cameras because, ‘pics or it didn’t happen!’” said Hasbro. “The struggle is real for Millennials, so we chose items that we felt were relatable, but would also make fans of all ages. LOL.”

The player who has the most student loan debt goes first, and the game is played until players run out of experience chips. The game has realistically small amounts of money because of the aforementioned student loan debt. Like all Monopoly games, there are never enough $100 bills, this box only containing five.

Hasbro has seen a bit of backlash for their newest game, although, at the time of posting, it has more good reviews than bad on Amazon.

“We created Monopoly for Millennials to provide fans with a lighthearted game that allows millennials to take a break from real life and laugh at the relatable experiences and labels that can sometimes be placed on them,” said Hasbro.“With many of us being millennials ourselves, we understand the seemingly endless struggles and silly generalizations that young millennials can face (and we can’t even!).”

If you are interested in purchasing the game, you can find it at Walmart and on Amazon for three times the listed price. The game is intended to be fun for the whole family, including millennials.

“We think the game is ‘lit’ and didn’t intend for it to be ‘salty,’” said Hasbro. “Whether you hit up the artisanal coffee bar on the weekend, live in your parents’ basement or just have a sense of humor, this game’s for you.”


Correction: November 28, 2018

A previous version had a couple of misspellings, they are now corrected.

Cameron Rhode, Business Manager

Cameron Rhode, a first-time staff member and Business Manager for Statesman and a sophomore at LHS. When not writing, Cam enjoys acting, running way too...

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One Response to ““Adulting is hard,”: take a break with Monopoly for Millennials”

  1. Jon Rames on November 29th, 2018 3:08 pm

    Cameron I love how you are keeping up to date with all the important and current news. You seem to be able to do it all and write about everything. You have really inspired me to go down the journalism road and I would really love to be able to join the statesman.