Much has changed in the world since Monopoly first debuted. Monopoly Here & Now introduces changes to most of the names and tokens used in the game. The U.S. edition of Monopoly Here & Now was released by Parker Brothers in the U.S. in September 2006, while the U.K. and Canadian versions were published earlier.
Monopoly Here & Now updates all of the classic real estate game's properties, property values, player tokens and more.
The railroads are changed to airports, and the electric company and water works are now a cell phone service and an Internet service provider.
The most coveted spot on the board, Boardwalk in the original U.S. version, is now New York City's Times Square. Park Place has been replaced by Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.
In the spring of 2006, Hasbro asked people to vote online to help choose the new properties. These votes determined which landmarks from 22 pre-determined cities made it onto the board, as well as the location of the landmarks on the board.
Property Changes in Monopoly Here & Now Board Game
Here's a look at how the properties from the traditional edition of Monopoly have been changed for Monopoly Here & Now, with the most expensive properties listed first.
- Boardwalk is now New York City's Times Square
- Park Place is now Boston's Fenway Park
- The rent on Boardwalk was: $50 undeveloped; $200 with one house; $600 with two houses; $1,400 with three houses; $1,700 with four houses; and $2,000 with a hotel.
- The rent on Times Square is $500,000 undeveloped; $2 million with one house; $6 million with two houses; $14 million with three houses; $17 million with four houses; and $20 million with a hotel.
- Pennsylvania Ave. is now The White House
- North Carolina Ave. is now Chicago's Wrigley Field
- Pacific Ave. is now Las Vegas' Las Vegas Blvd.
- Marvin Gardens is now San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
- Ventnor Ave. is now Hollywood
- Atlantic Ave. is now the French Quarter of New Orleans
- Illinois Ave. is now Orlando's Disney World (this is the property most often landed on)
- Indiana Ave. is now Honolulu's Waikiki Beach
- Kentucky Ave. is now Phoenix's Camelback Mountain
- New York Ave. is now Seattle's Pioneer Square
- Tennessee Ave. is now Houston's Johnson Space Center
- St. James Place is now Miami's South Beach
- Virginia Ave. is now Philadelphia's Liberty Bell
- States Ave. is now Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- St. Charles Place is now Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park
Light Blue Properties
- Connecticut Ave. is now Minneapolis' Mall of America
- Vermont Ave. is now St. Louis' Gateway Arch
- Oriental Ave. is now Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
- Baltic Ave. is now Dallas' Texas Stadium
- Mediterranean Ave. is now Cleveland's Jacobs Field
Player Token Changes in Monopoly Here & Now
- The race car has been replaced with a hybrid Toyota Prius, the shoe is now a New Balance sneaker, and the Scottish terrier has become a labradoodle.
- The other game tokens are McDonald's French Fries, a Motorola RAZR cell phone, an airplane, and a laptop computer.
Everything is More Expensive
The new game has higher property values and rents. Players start with $2 million each. Everything in the game appears to be proportional to the original edition, multiplied by 10,000.
Chance and Community Chest
Chance and Community Chest cards have been updated. For example, winning $10 in a beauty contest has become winning $100,000 on a reality TV show, and players are sent to jail for crimes like identity theft and insider trading.
Traditional Monopoly Still Sold
The traditional Monopoly game, based on streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will still be sold.