Monopoly's new 'Friends' board game lets you play as the TV show’s six iconic characters
Every year around Christmas time, families start bringing out the age-old traditions that they've been enjoying together for generations. For some people, that means roasting chestnuts by the fire, or gathering round the TV to watch It's a Wonderful Life, or simply taking an early evening snooze after chowing down on too much turkey.
In my family, however, we crack out the Monopoly board and absolutely destroy the spirit of Christmas by spending at least two hours screaming at each other over who gets to buy Park Lane.
Hasbro seems well aware of Monopoly's reputation by this point, and has done well to encourage the continuation of the post-dinner 'Let's All Play a Board Game and See How Long It Takes Before it Becomes a Fist Fight' past-time by releasing new editions of the game to stay on trend. Over the years, we've seen Adventure Time Monopoly, Doctor Who Monopoly, and even Horses and Ponies Monopoly (???).
But now they've surpassed themselves with their latest edition: Friends Monopoly! I mean, could that be any cooler?
The game is a definite improvement on the standard board, as evidenced by the brilliant product description:
"How you doin’? It’s time to join the legendary Friends, from one of TV’s best-loved sitcoms in the Friends edition of MONOPOLY.
"Play as either Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey or Chandler by choosing one of the exclusive tokens which are iconic to the gang; will it be Rachel’s handbag, Ross’ dinosaur, Chandler’s sweater vest or even Phoebe’s acoustic guitar? As you pi-VOT round the board you will discover the best Friends’ moments, from the unmistakable Holiday Armadillo, to the hilarious Giant Poking Device and Monica and Chandler’s eventful, yet unforgettable wedding!"
And instead of buying properties, you can invest in some of the funniest moments from everybody's favourite sitcom.
The first square up for grabs is "Monica gets a roommate", with other notable moments being things such as, "giant poking device", "holiday armadillo", and "in Barbados". Instead of chance cards and the community chest, players will now have the choice between "Apartment 19" and "Apartment 20", and all the train stations have been replaced with various vehicles from the show. The utilities, too, have seen a bit of a redesign, and now have a nod towards the recurring character of Treeger - the maintenance man for the building.
Of course, Central Perk also makes an appearance on the board - but you'll have to cough up $200 if you land on it.
So, with December 25th fast approaching, now is the time to get your hands on one of these boards, call up your family, and organise a Friends-themed Monopoly war that'll go down in history as being more violent than Ross and Monica's legendary Thanksgiving battles.