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The Board Game:

  • Adaptation Overdosed: Not even taking the sheer number of Themed Stock Board Game versions or altered official versions into account, Monopoly has an utterly absurd amount of video game adaptations, nearly once a generation and sometimes more. It began with the Sega Master System version in 1988 and there have been new ones put out at a steady consistent flow since. One can possibly owe this to the fact that the game benefits tremendously from becoming electronic, as it cuts out having to handle all of the paper money that is constantly on the move during the game and greatly simplifies the auction process, and being the most recognizable board game in history doesn't hurt either.
  • Ascended House Rules:
    • The game's video game adaptations tend to include a lot of optional house rules that started out as unofficial house rules.
    • For an unusual case of the game acknowledging house rules, at least one printing mentions "no auctions", "Free Parking jackpot", "loans" and "deals not to charge each other rents" as popular ones, but tells you not to use them because they make the game drag on.
  • Cash-Cow Franchise: For Hasbro, being one of their most widely-known and accessible board games.
  • Development Hell: The live-action film adaptation has been on and off in production since the late 2000s.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Easy Money by Milton Bradley. Officially, both games are based on an older game called The Landlord's Game, but Easy Money was released as a direct response to Monopoly's success. Continues to be published, under license, by a third party company.
    • Saidina is a Malaysian Foreign Remake of Monopoly going by a different name, with the settings changed (e.g. Atlantic City → Kuala Lumpur). In terms of gameplay, it's pretty much exactly the same (right up to using identical tokens!).
    • Another foreign remake is pre-Castro Cuba's Capitolio, which uses Cuban settings but otherwise has identical gameplay and even cards styled after those on Monopoly.
  • Incidental Multilingual Wordplay: Until 2009, when the original English title was restored, the game was commercialised in Italy under the name "Monòpoli", which sounds like an actual city name. This is thanks to the suffix "-poli" ("-polis") and the fact that the pronunciation moves the stress over the second O, while the word "monopolio" (monopoly, the economic concept) has the stress on the third O instead. There is in fact a real town called Monopoli in Southern Italy!
  • Technology Marches On: The main reason behind the creation of the "Electronic Banking" editions of the game, which replace the now-iconic paper Monopoly money with four debit cards and a card reader. Because who uses cash these days?

The Game Show:

  • Ascended House Rules: This was the only official version of the game that used the "$400 for landing on GO" and "Free Parking jackpot" rules.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: All 12 episodes circulate, but haven't been rerun. The pilot is on the Internet Archive.
  • One-Book Author: For Mike Reilly.
  • Short-Runners: Only had 12 episodes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The 1989 pilot featured Patty Maloney playing the part of Uncle Pennybags and basically being a living token who moved per the dice rolls. The series replaced her with lights on the board.
    • Marc Summers and Peter Tomarken were both considered as hosts. However, when the show went into production, Marc was busy hosting Double Dare. Peter hosted the pilot, but his clash with the producers over Patty being treated as a thing rather than a person led to his being replaced.

The Pinball Machine:

  • The game has numerous ticker messages, among them being:
    • “The ELECTRIC COMPANY keeps the Bank safe from Safe Crackers
    • “Become Lost in a Zone – Play Pinball.”
    • “Game tip – collect all property to play LAND GRAB
    • “NASDAQ +230 DOW JONES +410 … We Wish”
    • Never Panic
    • “A Jackpot a day keeps boredom away”
    • Hey, it’s only Pinball
    • “The future of Solar Electricity is Bright”
    • “This sign is fun to watch”
    • “Did you know famous people play MONOPOLY?”
    • “Take a Chance – Play MONOPOLY”
    • “Boardwalk, Park Place … Not just for rich folks”
    • “The ball is always wild” note 
    • “How many messages does this sign have, anyway?”
    • “Electric Company reports POWER ON in game”
    • "Make new friends... then beat them by playing Monopoly"
    • Even the custom operator's message can be seen (if there's one set).