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article imageHasbro to unveil new online Google Maps-based monopoly

By Brenton Currie     Sep 7, 2009 in Internet
Hasbro is reportedly preparing to launch a new version of their hit game "Monopoly" online later this week featuring close integration with the Google Maps API.
The free online game, set to become available on Wednesday for the wider public and to be called "Monopoly City Streets", allows players to purchase virtually any street in the world says Guardian writer Adam Gabbatt. He says new players are given no less than 3 million Monopoly dollars to build their empire. If you get in first, you can buy the street straight away. If someone else beats you to it, you can make the owner an offer. If the owner doesn't reply in a week, this offer is automatically accepted, no matter how contemptible it may be.
Rent automatically gathers for you, and to add competition to the game Hasbro has chosen to randomly and occasionally display some Chance Cards which Gabbat says give "the option to bulldoze properties lovingly built by other land barons, or construct sewage works or prisons on rivals' streets, lowering their rental income."
It's unclear if Google has a direct link to the development of the new game, and whether or not it has helped Hasbro develop it, but either way the updated Monopoly certainly seems to have close integration with Google services and their API including Maps and SketchUp.
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