The latest version of the Monopoly board game has been launched, in which Mr Monopoly can speak directly to players and answer their questions through a headpiece shaped device in the middle of the board.
However, players of the family favourite game will no longer use paper money, as the game will provide them with a virtual bank account – and Rich Uncle Pennybag handles all transactions electronically.
Consequently, this will scupper cheaters who like to stuff their pockets with paper money when no one is looking.
According to Monopoly maker Hasbro: “The Monopoly voice banking game features lights and sounds, and comes with an interactive Mr. Monopoly banking unit.
“The iconic Monopoly top hat is voice-activated and the personality of Mr. Monopoly really shines as he handles all of the transactions.
“He keeps tabs on players’ money and properties so there’s no cash or cards to think about. Talk to Mr. Monopoly and he responds.”
However, the Monopoly board itself features the same iconic properties and railroad companies as the original US version.
Players can use one of four buttons on the top hat speaker to identify themselves. Once a player asks the AI banker to purchase properties for you, you can build a hotel or shout out your virtual bank balance. However, the new changes have met criticism from fans of the legendary board game.
One user wrote on Twitter: “What!? No cheating? No way! Monopoly without cheat is not fun!” Another tweeted: “No cash?! I don’t know how I feel about that, also all the house rules would go!”
The Monopoly Voice Activated Banking Game is expected to hit shelves in the UK in August 2019. The new game will set players back £29.99 – about £10 more than the original version goes for online.