You can now play 'Monopoly Pizza', with pizza toppings instead of hotels
Board games are fun and all, but regardless of whether you're into Risk, Scrabble or Articulate, Monopoly still stands well in front as one of the world's most popular ways to ruin your friendships, alienate your loved ones and test the structural integrity of your coffee table (once you flip it in rage).
But Monopoly's been a board game since the Parker brothers in 1935, so in the intervening 80 or so years it's understandable if things get a little stale. But in the wake of Pokémon Monopoly, Friends Monopoly and the Millennial Monopoly, I personally think it's a little weird that we've not had a pizza version of Monopoly.
Until now, that is.
We can lose our rags and throw boards in rage at regular Monopoly, but how mad can you really get at Monopoly Pizza? You could lament the follies of capitalism as you agonisingly watch yourself lose over several turns, or you could buy yourself a Hawaiian pizza and wait for this all to blow over.
Check it, cheese lovers: an honest-to-God, Hasbro-approved version of everyone's favourite (okay, not favourite) board game. Monopoly Pizza is surely the only way to go when it comes to playing Monopoly, and you better believe Monopoly Pizza comes in a pizza box.
Not only that, but instead of your car, your hat and other metal pieces, you and up to five friends can play as six distinctly pizza-related tokens: a cheese grater, a pizza cutter, a parmesan shaker, a delivery bike and - of course - the pizza chef that makes it all possible.
But while Monopoly seems like a delicious upgrade on the game we all know and... tolerate, underneath the cheesy surface, this game runs a lot different to how you expect. Rather than sit on a property and watch the money flow in, Monopoly Pizza contestants compete for pizza slice tokens.
Whoever has the most pizza slice tokens at the end wins! Yay! Hasbro pretty much backs me up here, just in case you think I'm lying.
"Instead of buying properties or collecting rent, players will aim to collect a color set which corresponds to a type of pizza, such as veggie lovers, barbecue chicken or even mac and cheese! A full set of flavors combines to make an awesome new pizza, giving those cards a higher value. At the end of the game, the player who collects the most pizza slices wins!"
All in all, this sounds like a delicious twist on Monopoly that actually sounds a lot less infuriating to play with your various friends and family over this holiday season. If you kind of agree, you'll be glad to know that Monopoly Pizza is now available on Amazon for the nominal fee of just $19.99 - which, coincidentally, is about the size of an extra-large pizza.
Excited? I sure am. I can't wait to play this with my friends over a large pizza. Though, I'd imagine that would quickly get confusing.