Cheating at Monopoly has never been more fun - or rewarding

Photo: Hasbro
Photo: Hasbro 

If you've ever cheated during a game of Monopoly, you're not alone. In fact, according to a survey, 50 per cent of players "bend the rules" - and they're about to be rewarded for doing so.

Skipping spaces, stealing from the bank, and dodging rent will all be part of a new version of the classic game, the Cheaters Edition, to be launched this month. It's the first time the moves will be included in the official rules of Monopoly - and things are bound to get ugly.

"With regular reports of space skipping or rent dodging, we know Monopoly games can get pretty heated," said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of global marketing for Hasbro Gaming.

"With the Monopoly Cheaters Edition, we're mixing things up by levelling the playing field for fans everywhere!"

In the new version, there's no "banker" role. Instead, each player controls the cash when it's their designated turn, making it easy to steal a few extra bucks.

But while players will be rewarded for in-game "cheating" they'll have to be discreet. Get caught and you'll face consequences, including a pretend handcuff that chains sloppy cheaters to a jail space.

"Lean into those iconic (yet unspoken) Monopoly moments in which rules are bent, money is borrowed, and funny business is welcomed," we're told of the Cheaters edition. "The outlandish suggestions on the board, cards, and rules encourage players to express their inner cheater to own it all while they buy, sell, dream, and scheme. Fake a die roll, steal some bills from the bank, and even skip out on rent. Complete a cheat to get a reward."

Designed for ages eight and up, the game retails at $39.99.

Happy cheating!