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Top Shop is a video game released in 1998 for Japan and 2001 in North America for the Sega Saturn (In Japan only) and the Playstation. It's similar to Monopoly, but more focused on property management. The game takes place in a mall, where different tenants battle each other for control of the properties. After landing on, purchasing, and building a store on an unowned space, the tenant's opponents can land on that space and be forced to purchase something from the store. However, if the store runs out of stock, they can steal that property from the current owner.

There are two gameplay modes; Free Play and Story mode. The story mode follows a cat named Meower, who's main goal is to become rich. In Free Play, up to six players (which can be substituted with AI) can play.

Nothing to do with the British fashion chain of the same name.


Tropes used in Top Shop:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: One of the playable characters is Dona, a cactus that cruises around the board in a wheeled pot.
  • Console Cameo: The Playstation console is used as a symbol to represent AI players.
    • A Playstation controller appears in the in-game menu. Selecting it brings up the configurations menu.
  • The Mall: The game boards are malls, each with a different theme.
  • Multi-Platform: The game was released for the Sega Saturn and the Playstation on the same day. Only the Playstation version made it overseas, though.
  • Video Game Time: A month passes every round, despite each round taking only a minute or so.


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