Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Monopoly Empire to eliminate jail and Boardwalk, adding Mcdonald’s, Xbox to speed up the game

Hasbro is making some big changes to the classic game Monopoly, first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Monopoly Empire on display at the Argos Christmas Preview in London.

Monopoly Empire on display at the Argos Christmas Preview in London.

The biggest change is no more jail, with the maker noting that youth’s complain it makes the game take too long.

“Parents and children tell us they want a quick in-and-out, frictionless gaming experience,” Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of marketing at Hasbro, told the Journal. The new version, Monopoly Empire, can be played in just 30 minutes.

The revamped game sports shiny gold tokens and replaces real estate (goodbye, Boardwalk) with today’s most popular brands, including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and X-Box. The classic version of the game, which still includes jail, will continue to be sold in stores, according to Gizmodo.

Critics note that the game would take less time if they played by the ACTUAL rules: “…if players don’t buy it(property) on the spot, the bank puts it up for auction.”

Hasbro says the game should take 60-90 minutes.

In February, the company conducted a Facebook competition to help them pick a new game token.

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