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Monopoly City Streets turns Google Maps into a game board

Monopoly is a beloved board game classic that's sold plenty of copies thanks to licensed city-specific editions of its game board, and there are also various electronic and online versions of the game, but none of that compares to Monopoly City Streets. For City Streets, Parker Brothers has used Google maps to create a live, global game of Monopoly with real cities as the game board. Yes, that means that you can own (almost) any street in the world.

The building possibilities are also beefed up, with castles and skyscrapers. Chance cards have changed a bit, too: now they're used to build hazards on your competitors' property. To counteract hazards, you have to get a bulldozer card. With all of this building and demolishing, Monopoly City Streets sounds more like a hybrid of Monopoly and Sim City than a straight-up Monopoly game. Maybe, as the game's website claims, this will be epic fun. If nothing else, this is one time Google can be glad to hear its name in the same sentence as "monopoly."

The game opens today at 6 p.m. GMT / 1 p.m. EST, so you'd better be ready if you want to be one of the first players out of the gate and snap up your favorite property.

[via AppScout]

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