Monopoly is a real-estate trading game for two to eight players. Players move their piece around a board by rolling dice, the board being divided into various properties and special squares.
Players can acquire the properties, and once they have a set of related properties, improve them with houses or a hotel. When a player lands on another player’s property, a rent is charged, the amount of rent being based on the whether the owner owns the whole set of related properties, whether the property has been improved with houses or a hotel, etc. Players can also sell properties to each other, and an important part of the game is striking such deals with other players.
The winner of a Monopoly game, is the player who drives his competitors to bankruptcy, however, as it can sometimes take many hours to reach this point, you can calculate who is winning after a set time period, by calculating each player’s total worth.
There is a considerable amount of luck in Monopoly, and a few crucial dice rolls or Chance cards, can have a major impact on the game. However, skill is also involved, particularly in negotiating with other players, and assessing which properties are likely to be most profitable to acquire and develop.
There are many versions of Monopoly, as well as theme-based editions, and editions based on various cities around the world.
The game of monopoly is published by Hasbro, under the Parker Brothers name in the United States, and the Waddingtons name in the United Kingdom. According to some estimates as many as 750 million people are believed to have placed the game since it was first patented by Charles Darrow in 1935.