Best forMonopoly lovers ages 8+
Top BenefitsA fun twist on a classic game, accommodates up to six players
ConsiderationsYou may want an adult on hand to go over the rules
Bottom lineA classic game with a sly twist that’s sure to get everyone laughing
OK, be honest: When you play Monopoly, do you ever slip yourself a few extra bills after you pass Go? Do the kids like to distract someone when landing on property so they don’t have to pay rent? If the answer is “Yes!” then your family needs Monopoly Cheaters Edition. The object of the game is still to be the player with the most money at the end, but in a cool twist, players are encouraged to cheat. Take a little extra cash from the bank. Slide property cards into your pile of assets. Anything goes! The game comes with cheat cards, asking players to carry out tasks throughout the game, like collecting rent for someone else's property, for instance, or moving another player's token instead of your own. Successful cheaters reap rewards—but if they’re caught, players may have to hand over money or wind up in handcuffs as they await the chance to get out of jail. Your kid will quickly learn how to add or subtract large sums of money, and we like that there are teachable moments, too: most kids get a kick out of a game that literally encourages you to cheat, but that's also the rules, so it’s a good moment to teach children that generally cheating is not OK, but allowable for this game. And, of course, this game can be played for years—it’s perfect for a rainy day or Game Night at the cottage.
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