Cambridge-themed Monopoly board to hit shelves in November

The creators of the Cambridge version are seeking community input on which iconic local spots to include on the board as prime real estate.

Mr. Monopoly visited Cambridge to ask for input on the localized version of the board game due out in November.
Mr. Monopoly visited Cambridge to ask for input on the localized version of the board game due out in November. –(Photo credit Chris Haynes, CBH Communications)

A new Cambridge-themed project is passing go this fall. Monopoly, the classic Hasbro board game that first came out in 1935, is getting a local makeover to honor what is appropriately called “The City of Squares.”

The makers of the localized version of the game are seeking Cantabrigians to help its design, and are offering a free Cambridge Monopoly board and board unveiling invite to a few who submit their ideas.

The manufacturer, Top Trumps, says that until October locals and fans can suggest locations and ideas for the game using the hashtag #CambridgeMonopoly on social media or by email to Cambridge@toptrumps.com. 

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Instead of the traditional Boardwalk and Park Place spots and the classic “Community Chest” and “Chance” card features, the game designers will feature localized elements.

Don’t fret Monopoly purists, the iconic game pieces such as the top hat, car, and dog are still to be expected, as noted in a press release. 

Monopoly’s George Shrimpton said, “We want to ensure that Cambridge Monopoly is an accurate portrayal of what locals love about the city, so we would love for everyone to get on board and send us their recommendations of what they would like to see included. Anything and everything is up for consideration – from the Harvard Art Museum to Club Passim, Cambridge Common to MIT’s Great Dome, Border Cafe to Mr. Bartley’s, and Memorial Drive to the scenic Charles River – so get involved!”

The edition’s manufacturer says Cambridge Monopoly will hit online retailers and shelves in November 2020.

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui is, for lack of a better term, on board.

This edition will bring residents and non-residents together in exploring Cambridge’s beautiful, diverse, and rich history, all while playing this iconic game,” Siddiqui said. 

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui posed with Mr. Monopoly during a press conference. —(Photo credit Chris Haynes, CBH Communications)
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