In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Godfather, which stands as one of the all-time great mob films if not one of the greatest films of all time, comes a Monopoly home game version which is something for sure that no fan “can refuse,” entitled Monopoly: The Godfather Edition.
Produced by USAopoly — responsible for an endless stream of Monopoly variations, including a Beatles version, Seinfeld, Coca-Cola, Family Guy, adaptations of regional cities like New York and Los Angeles, and sports teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Lakers — produced the game, which was released on June 14th.
The Godfather and Monopoly stand the test of time as two of pop culture’s most endearing and lasting images. The former, a 1972 release adapted from a pulpy novel released three years earlier, won the Academy Award for Best Picture and became etched in the cinema landscape as one of its greatest triumphs ever. The latter has become a real estate wheeling and dealing home game phenomenon, originally released almost 100 years ago, and has sold billions of copies around the world since then.
The game, which doesn’t include likenesses of the characters in The Godfather, the charismatic Corleone family, nonetheless is brimming with plenty of imagery and plot points and artifacts from the film, and even incorporates elements from the sequel The Godfather Part II. Pay $200 dollars through the nose, cough up the game’s version of the Luxury Tax OR ELSE, land on an opponent’s property and ante up their rent or get fitted for a pair of cement shoes, all the mafia styles have been incorporated into what is sure to be fun game play at home.
Replacing the famed well-known properties such as St. James Place, Ventnor Avenue, Baltic Avenue, and Oriental Avenue, for example, are points of interest from the films such as Moe Green’s Casino, Hyman Roth’s home, Joe’s Diner, and Woltz International Pictures among plenty more. The two properties always coveted and wanted by game players, the cream of the crop of the original game, Boardwalk and Park Place, are replaced by the Corleone Long Island Home and the Corleone Lake Tahoe Estate, respectively. Beloved game tokens such as the dog, the car, the iron, and the thimble are replaced by more fun Godfather imagery, such as the horse head (from the shocking sequence in the first film), the cannoli (which spawned the all-time cinematic memorable line from the first film “Leave the gun, Take the cannoli”), the Don’s limo, a dead fish (paralleling another famous line from the film, in which a character is rubbed out as in killed, so he “sleeps with the fishes”), and rounding out the pieces, of course, a staple of all gangster films, a tommy gun.
Houses and hotels are replaced with “Hideouts” and “Compounds”; the well known Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced with “Friends” and “Enemies” cards; and there are even “Don” cards which enable you to wipe out another player by a series of very mafia style sequences, such as money laundering or kidnapping, a far cry from just simply bankrupting your opponent to win as done in the original version of Monopoly.
Below is a video which breaks down all the details of the game, done and presented by one of its designers. So check out Amazon and grab a copy of what is sure to be a fun game indeed. These USAopoly games sell out rather quickly and then become huge collectors items, found on places like the auction website Ebay for three times its original price. So to sum up, the original version of Monopoly is something you should keep close, but to offer a derivative of the classic film quote here, Monopoly: The Godfather Edition without a doubt looks like something to keep EVEN CLOSER.