Most of the text of this article was copied from Wikipedia. Can this game be ported to TNT Basic or Stencyl?
- Airdates: ABC Saturday evenings, summer 1990
- Host: Michael Reilly
- Announcer: Charlie O’Donnell
- Packager: Merv Griffin Productions
- Theme Music: Mort Lindsey
Three contestants competed in this game show based on the classic real estate trading game. Players acquired monopolies by correctly answering crossword-style clues for each property. All properties on the same side of the board, or “street”, had clue answers starting with the same letter.
In the first round, play began on Mediterranean Avenue and went clockwise around the board. A light indicated the current property. The first player to buzz in with the correct answer won the value of the property in cash and gained control of it. Each incorrect answer deducted the value from the player’s score. Each entirely missed question halved the property value until someone gave a correct answer. The round ended when all of the properties on the board were played.
Playoffs: If more than one contestant controlled properties in the same color group, a series of play-off questions would determine which player gained control of the monopoly in that group. Split ownership of color groups was not allowed. If each of the three players owned one property in a color group, Reilly asked a toss-up of all three players. The player giving the correct answer immediately took control of one of his opponent’s properties in that group. The third opponent would now have to answer two questions to gain the monopoly, while the player who answered correctly has to answer only one additional question to win the monopoly.
Monopolies: The player who won control of the monopoly also earned the value of all the properties in the group, from an additional $120 for the Purple (Brown as of September 2008) pair of Mediterranean and Baltic avenues to $750 for the Dark Blue pair of Park Place and Boardwalk.
During the commercial break, the players used the money accumulated during Round One to purchase houses ($50 each) and hotels ($250 each) to place on their properties, which must be built evenly on each property in a single Monopoly. This determined the rent value of each question asked while on that property.
The hostess rolled a pair of dice, and an indicator light (starting on GO) traveled that many spaces clockwise on the board. If it landed on a color group property, whoever controlled the property was given the question first; if that player missed, no penalty was assessed for that player but the clue was given to the two other players, who lose the amount if incorrect. A correct answer won the rent value of that property: full hotel rent from the regular game, one-fifth of the hotel rent per house, or the mortgage value if there are no buildings.
After time was called, contestants were repaid for their houses and hotels at their original value. The player with the most money advanced to the bonus round.
Special Board Spaces
- Utilities (Electric Company and Water Works): The question value was $100 multiplied by the number rolled to land on it. For example, a roll of 10 meant the question would be worth $1,000.
- Railroads: The Railroad spaces allowed for “hostile takeovers”. Reilly asked a toss-up of all three players. Whoever answered correctly could move to the first property of an opponent, and attempt to answer as many questions as there were properties in the group to take control of it. If the player succeeded, control of the monopoly was his, he collected the value of all the properties in that color group, and movement continued from the last property in the group. If the player missed a question, the takeover failed, the original owner collected rent from the first player based on the rent of the property where the question was missed, and movement continued from the last property the player tried to take over.
- Chance and Community Chest: These cards could contain bonuses, penalties or movement instructions. These cards differed somewhat from the cards in the regular board game, however.
- GO: When the indicator light passed GO, every player received a $200 bonus. When the light stopped on GO by exact count, the bonus was doubled to $400 per player.
- Tax Spaces: Income Tax and Luxury Tax acted as their counterparts in the board game, costing each player 10% of his or her cash total (for Income Tax) or $75 (for Luxury Tax). In U.S. editions of the Monopoly board game since September 2008, Income Tax is $200 rather than a choice of 10% or $200, and Luxury Tax is increased to $100.
- Free Parking: Reilly asked a toss-up question, worth a jackpot starting at $500 and increased by any fines, taxes or Chance and Community Chest cards.
- Go to Jail: Sent the indicator to the In Jail space and cost the players a fine of $250 each to continue.
Bonus Round: Once Around the Board
The object of the bonus round was to go once around the Monopoly board within five rolls of the dice while avoiding Go to Jail. Before the round began, the player placed one Go to Jail space on the side with maroon and orange properties, one on the red/yellow side, and two on the green/dark blue side. The Go to Jail corner was still in play.
The contestant was credited with $100 for each space safely passed (i.e., not landing on Go to Jail) and was allowed to stop after any roll of the dice. Rolling doubles entitled the player to a free roll. Passing GO was worth $25,000; landing on GO exactly would have been worth $50,000. There were two ways to lose the game: Land on any Go to Jail space, or fall short of GO after five rolls.
- Monopoly lasted only 12 weeks on ABC, one week less than its companion, Super Jeopardy!.
- Peter Tomarken was the host of the Monopoly pilot. Michael Reilly was a waiter and former Jeopardy! contestant when he played the Monopoly pilot game. One report has it that when the pilot was shown to a focus group, one viewer thought Reilly would be a better quizmaster than Tomarken.
- In the pilot, Patty Maloney walked around the board as a living token, in the costume of the game’s mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags.
- The Monopoly theme song is included on the Varèse Sarabande CD The Best of TV Quiz & Game Show Themes.
- In 1992, the Monopoly game show format was exported to the United Kingdom. It had a brief run on S4C in Wales.
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