The shivers have started to set in, my arms have the goosebumps and I’m getting that eerie feeling that the Ghostbusters franchise is gaining traction once again. Do you agree with me? In this article, I’ll be writing about and highlighting Hasbro’s new Ghostbusters game remake which, as some of you may already know, ties in with another Ghostbusters movie that has been in production for a while from Columbia Pictures and titled, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
This new blockbuster sequel which will be set 30 years after the last event, will be distributed by Sony Pictures and is directed by Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman, the owner of the Montecito Picture Company and the director of the first Ghostbusters movie back in 1985. Ivan also worked on Ghostbusters II (1989), Stripes (1981), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Twins (1988) to name a few and has also been better known for his comedy work around the 1980s and 1990s.
We’re the best, we’re the beautiful, we’re the only… Ghostbusters— Peter Venkman
Various new related toys and merchandise are coming out the woodwork and existing video games get the Ghostbusters game remake, which you can read about here. Before long everyone will be going Ghostbusters crazy once again, the PKE readings will be through the roof as everyone starts to tie and cash into the forthcoming movie which is now scheduled for a March 2021 release.
Ghostbusters Monopoly – First Edition
After a little research, I found out there are a couple of variants of the first edition release of the Ghostbusters Monopoly game and which is more than likely something to do with the country they were produced, distributed and released in. There is a longer boxed version from USAopoly, (product code: US-PR/201604/7656) and licensed by Hasbro. This was released around 2016.
The other version was more of a square-shaped box type of the same design from Winning Moves (product code: 190630-0) who also brought us the modern Top Trumps card game packs which you can read about here. This Winning Moves version was first available around 24 March 2017 but although the release dates and packaging are different both are the same game and include the same components.
Ghostbusters Monopoly – Second Edition
Hasbro gaming has now released another version of the fast-dealing property trading game that now comes in a square-shaped box and generally carries an overall green design on the front cover/lid. As of writing this article this game has already surfaced in the United States and is now stocked in various stores.
If you live in the States and know of a store that stocks this new edition of the game, please feel free to comment below so all can be informed. This was released on 26 April 2020. At the moment, in the UK this game is available for pre-order from Zatu Games, Zavvi and other various retail outlets and will be released 13 July 2020, so not long to wait for slime time!
As mentioned above, the clue to look out for here in this new edition is generally the green colour of the design compared to the first release of the same title, which featured the faces of the characters.
The Monopoly title is green and has oozing slime running from underneath it, the Ghostbusters are featured from a rear angle and their familiar red logo, we’ve all come to love, takes a centre-stage of the box front.
There is even an added hole presenting a button that can be pressed, and if so, plays an instrumental version of the original Ghostbusters theme tune by Ray Parker Junior. As the box states, demo batteries are included but you will need 2x AAA 1.5V alkaline batteries for constant use of this feature.
Area of Operation
The board layout, as with all versions of Monopoly has the familiar four corners intact. The property spaces are locations from the first iconic supernatural movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis.
The artwork has been photographically recreated for the property spaces, giving players a chance for some nostalgic thoughts and memories to surface about the movie, and initial craze on its release, as they travel around the board.
One of the main differences featured in this game is that these property spaces are now referred to as Contracts, therefore keeping to some sort of theme.
We’re back!— Ray Stantz
A Roaming Vapour space now takes over the Chance and Community Chest card spaces. Four Ecto-1 spaces are positioned on each side of the board and positioned where the train stations use to be on the original London version. What’s also interesting on the board is that the original Monopoly Utilities and Tax spaces now have Slimer, The Library Ghost, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Vinz Clortho as interactive hazard spaces.
Tools of the Trade
The die-cast metal player tokens have been changed for this new release and in the box, the following are now included; a handheld PKE Meter, Dana Barrett’s Cello, a handheld MT500 Radio, a pair of Ecto Goggles, a Proton Pack and Janine Melnitz’s Glasses.
As each Monopoly property is now a Contract in the game, the original houses and hotels that are brought to bump up the costs are now replaced here with Ecto Ghost Traps and Ecto Containment Units, for the storage of the beasts.
Another novelty addition to this new release is a large plastic Ecto Ghost Trap that has the button on it, seen through the box lid and mentioned above. Out of the box, this acts as a cardholder for all the 22 Contract cards and 32 Roaming Vapour cards.
Two in the box, ready to go, we be fast, they be slow— The Ghostbusters
The pack of petty cash is a simple affair with just a different design on the paper bills, the included dice are coloured black and green and the cards have been coloured to suit the theme too. Finally, to top it off, there is also a game guide and instructional included in the game too.
Advance to Go
I think the market is saturated by different Monopoly versions and themes, there’s too many to count and I certainly can’t keep up with what has been released. Whether this is a good or bad thing, well, that’ll be down to each individual’s thoughts and opinions.
Please comment accordingly below if you have something to say on the topic of this.
If you have the cash spare, why not invest in an 23-carat gold version of the board game, released in 1988 and created by Sidney Mobell, an original San Fransisco jeweller. This ridiculous $2 million edition contains 165 rubies and sapphires, luxury card decks and 42 full-cut diamonds and not surprisingly made an entry in the Guiness World Records. Even the included dice are worth $10,000.
As the game is a fast-trading property game, big hint there, I find that it works better as a game when it comes to all the various city editions, the likes of Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff etc. These do exist and I’m sure will play just as well as the original London themed game. I even found a Cannes edition while I was there on a holiday some years back. Surely there isn’t a version for every single city known?
Having said that above though, even if it’s the same game pretty much, I think the special themed editions are quite an exciting novelty and certainly an attraction if it’s something you’re interested in, or if you are a collector of sorts. These editions “refresh” the game theme and keep it away from the idea of property which is especially a good idea for younger players who more than likely have never seen the London edition of Monopoly and would rather be buying spaceports and colonies than houses and hotels.
I own a Star Wars limited edition version of the game and have owned a James Bond 007 anniversary edition. I personally and honestly feel I only want the one copy of Monopoly in my games collection due to space, which is hard to say while biting my lip as I know there are other titles out there I’d love to have.
Back to the Future, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Stranger Things, Lord of the Rings and Uncharted Monopoly versions are a few off the top of my head and now this new release of Ghostbusters, all of which I really wouldn’t mind having – should I? Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it of some help or interest. Please feel free to drop a comment about these titles, the written content or even your own experiences with this genre of game.