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Official Monopoly Junior Rules

Monopoly Junior is a simplified and kid-friendly version of the classic board game Monopoly. Here's a breakdown of the rules to get you started on a fun and fast-paced adventure around Monopoly Town:

Number of Players: 2-4 players (best with 2-3 players for a shorter playtime)

Objective: Be the first player (or team in partnership play, optional) to reach a certain amount of money (usually around $1 million) by buying properties, collecting rent from other players who land on them, and managing your finances well.

Components:

  • Gameboard depicting a cityscape with kid-friendly locations (ice cream parlor, skate park, zoo, etc.)

  • Playing tokens (pawns) representing different characters

  • Chance cards that instruct players to move spaces, collect money, or pay rent

  • Money bills in various denominations (usually $1 bills)

  • Title Deed cards for each property on the board

  • Sold signs to mark purchased properties

  • Die (one six-sided die)

Setup:

  1. Assemble the Board: Unfold the gameboard and place it in the center of the playing area.

  2. Choose Your Token: Each player picks a playing token they'd like to use and places it on the "GO" space on the board.

  3. Banker:  Choose one player to be the Banker. This player is responsible for dealing out money, collecting rent payments, and managing the Bank's money (all the remaining game money and property deeds).

  4. Deal Money: The Banker deals out a starting amount of money (usually the same amount) to each player. This money will be used to buy properties and pay rent.

Gameplay:

The game is played in turns, with players taking turns clockwise around the board. Here's what happens on a player's turn:

  1. Roll the Die:  The player rolls the die. They move their token forward the number of spaces indicated on the die.

  2. Landing on a Space:  Depending on the space you land on, different things can happen:

    • Property Space: If you land on an unowned property space (not marked with a "Sold" sign), you have the option to buy it from the Bank at the price listed on the Title Deed card. If you choose to buy it, pay the Bank the money and take the Title Deed card, which represents ownership of that property.

      • (Optional Rule:  You can auction off unowned properties instead of the first player having the sole option to buy.)

    • Chance Space:  If you land on a Chance space, draw a Chance card and follow the instructions on the card (e.g., move to a different space, collect money from the Bank, pay rent, etc.)

    • GO: Every time you pass or land on the GO space, collect $200 from the Bank (free money!).

    • Another Player's Property:  If you land on a property owned by another player, you must pay them rent according to the amount listed on the Title Deed card they hold for that property. The amount of rent can vary depending on the property.

    • Other Spaces: There might be other spaces with specific actions depending on the game's version (e.g., pay to see a fireworks show, go to jail for a turn, etc.).

Winning the Game:

The game continues until one player reaches the designated target amount of money (usually around $1 million). If a player goes bankrupt (runs out of money), they are out of the game, and their owned properties can be auctioned off to other players. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins!

Additional Notes:

  • Faster Gameplay: Compared to the classic Monopoly, Monopoly Junior is designed for a shorter playtime, with properties being cheaper and the overall game moving faster.

  • Simplified Rules: The rules are simplified for younger players, focusing on buying properties, collecting rent, and managing money. There's no complicated concept of building houses or hotels.

  • Educational Value: The game can introduce kids to basic money management concepts like buying, selling, and paying rent.

So grab your favorite token, roll the die, and embark on a fun adventure through Monopoly Town, buying properties and becoming the wealthiest junior mogul!

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