Pinball: Monopoly

Own It All
Uncle Pennybags: "Be a tycoon... like me!"

Monopoly is a 2001 pinball machine released by Stern, designed by Pat Lawlor and his crew at Pat Lawlor Design. Based on the classic board game, it contains several elements from its source, altered to fit the new medium. The main goal is to progress around the board by shooting certain shots, stopping to buy property, while ultimately becoming rich enough to own it all.

The machine has several notable features, such as a rotating flipper on the far right that often screws with the ball’s path and a mini-dot matrix display.

In November 2001, Stern Pinball and Pinball Sales auctioned off 40 "Platinum Edition" games on eBay for the nonprofit charity Boundless Playground. These tables had chrome trimmings signed by Pat Lawlor, John Youssi, and Gary Stern, along with a backbox translite autographed by Lawlor, Youssi, Stern, Pinball Sales president Jack Guarnieri, and Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld. The production run of 40 was chosen as one for each space on the Monopoly board.

This pinball machine proves examples of:

  • Announcer Chatter: Uncle Pennybags chats quite a bit during gameplay.
  • The Big Race: One mode has you (as Uncle Pennybags in the car token) racing against the dog token. Shooting any target moves you up, and a “power-up” is obtainable that skips you ahead quite a bit.
  • Bindle Stick: Uncle Pennybags carries one in Chance cards where you move to a certain space.
  • Continuity Nod: You begin the game with 1,500 pointsnote , and getting a high score requires both your initials and a choice of game token.
  • Easter Egg:
    • Among others, pressing 11L, 1R, 10L, 1R, 5L, 1R, 14L, 1R on the flippers gives a picture of a paperboy with an extra edition, along with the text “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US”.
    • Between games, the playfield LED shows numerous ticker messages (over a hundred), many with various jokes. (See them here.)
      Make new friends... then beat them playing MONOPOLY...
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The spinning flipper near the Water Works.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Shouted during certain Chance cards.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Platinum Edition.
  • Match Sequence: Uncle Pennybags slams his fist on the table, causing two nearby dice to pop up and display the number.
  • Mythology Gag: Several in the ticker messages.
    "Become Lost in a Zone – Play Pinball."
    "The ELECTRIC COMPANY keeps the Bank safe from Safe Crackers."
  • Pooled Funds: Done frequently in the display animations.
  • Shout-Out: As mentioned above, one Easter Egg contains the infamous line from Zero Wing.
  • Skill Shot: Shooting the Water Works saucer.
    Uncle Pennybags: "Very skillful!"
  • Spelling Bonus: B-A-N-K starts Cash Grab, and A-B-C collects a bonus.
  • Timed Mission: Several modes. “Land Grab” allows you to get more time added to the clock.
  • Title Theme Drop: The Attract Mode theme plays during mulitball.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Guess who?
  • Wizard Mode: While the main goal is to “own it all”, “Land Grab” has several aspects that qualify it as this. It’s a timed four-ball multiball that can only be obtained after getting all the property groups and railroads.
    Uncle Pennybags: “Owning property never goes out of style.”

Uncle Pennybags: "Buh-bye now!"