9 Best Board Games Like Monopoly

Monopoly is arguably one of the most popular board games in the world. This can be chalked down to a number of reasons; firstly, it has very simple rules, allowing for all ages to enjoy it. It also gives everyone the illusion of being successful – at least till they go bankrupt – and who doesn’t want that?


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However, Monopoly only became more popular after it started getting localised to various regions, featuring local cities and landmarks. To add to that, the board game has also collaborated with various popular IPs like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and The Simpsons, further propelling its popularity among various fanbases. Here are some other board games that are similar to this classic.

Updated September 6, 2023, By Ben Jessey: Monopoly is one of the most famous and popular games ever. Just think, have you ever met anyone who hasn’t heard of it? It is a household name in the likes of the United States and the UK. So, it’s no surprise that many other board game developers have taken inspiration from this icon.

We put several of the best ones in this buyer’s guide. However, a few great examples didn’t make the cut. Therefore, we have returned to the piece to add a few more that deserve recognition.

Lords of Vegas

Lords of Vegas

Best Card-Based Monopoly

Take over the Vegas Strip

Forget hotels. In Lords of Vegas, you build casinos in an effort to make money and take over the famous strip. You do this by acquiring lots while becoming and maintaining your status as a casino boss. All these things help you earn points. And if you have the most points when someone pulls the game-over card, you win.

Pros

  • Great-looking board.
  • The gambling aspect adds a fun extra layer to the experience.
  • Not knowing exactly when a game will end makes things more tense.
Cons

  • Relies a bit too heavily on luck.

The base premise of Lords of Vegas is similar to what you see in Monopoly in that it’s all about acquiring properties or lots. However, in this game, you’re building casinos and trying to be the boss of them. Also, cards are a much larger part of the experience as you draw a card every turn and it dictates what lot you focus on. So, even though it has the same spirit as Monopoly, the game plays very differently.

It keeps that enjoyable competitiveness of Monopoly, though, and even allows you to screw over your opponent on several occasions. This makes the game even more fun.

Machi Koro 5th Anniversary Edition

Machi Koro – 5th Anniversary Edition

The Best City Building Monopoly

Be Machi Koro’s best mayor

Every player serves as a mayor in this game, and their objective is to build up the city of Machi Koro. You do so by building all the landmarks the place needs. To accomplish this, you will roll dice and make money. Once a player has every landmark, they win.

Pros

  • The rules are easy to understand
  • The art is vibrant and colorful

In Monopoly, you’re a business model attempting to take over the city. In Machi Koro, your goals are a bit more honorable as you’re trying to build a city up. You only start with a wheatfield and a bakery. You must build everything else from scratch, mainly with the help of dice rolls. It isn’t a completely selfless endeavor, as you’re also trying to beat all your opponents by crafting your landmarks first.

It’s simpler than Monopoly and certainly doesn’t take as long. This makes it a more viable family game. On top of that, it’s easy on the eye due to the inclusion of colorful cards.

Suburbia

Suburbia

The Best Single-Player Monopoly Game

Attract people to your city

Surburbia can be played solo or with others. Either way, you’re attempting to build the most impressive city possible with different hexagon tiles. In the process, you will earn income, improve your reputation, and, most importantly, increase your population.

Pros

  • Allows you to play on your own or with others
  • Deep mechanics
  • A lot of different tiles
Cons

  • Not the most visually impressive game

Monopoly is all about competition. So, you would assume a game you can play solo is automatically unlike the famous board game. Yet, the concept of acquiring properties and increasing your income is in Suburbia, too. Plus, the competition picks up when you invite other people to play.

However, the goal isn’t to become richer than your opponents, but to cultivate a larger population. This helps it stand out among the other money-making titles and, once you get the hang of it, you will notice that it is deeper than most other Monopoly-like games, too.

Settlers of Catan

Catan

Best Resource Management Monopoly

Propose a trade

Catan’s popularity rivals that of Monopoly, and it’s easy to see why. The two board games share a lot in common, most prominently the resource management element. Both games require you to negotiate and trade with other players to get the upper hand. If you’re good at diplomacy, you’ll easily master them.

Pros

  • Board can be laid out differently every time.
  • Features several expansions and editions.
Cons

  • You may struggle if your negotiation skills aren’t good enough.

Many people call Catan the modern-day Monopoly. However, it appeals most to the players who thrive on the negotiation aspect of the latter. Convincing your opponent to trade you some lumber, even though they know you’ll win if they do, is what Catan is about. There may be a board in front of you, but it’s a battle on the negotiation table.

Ticket to Ride board game box

Ticket To Ride

Best Train Related Monopoly

Longer rail lines mean larger profits.

The similarities between Monopoly and Ticket to Ride are quite evident. Not only do both require you to grow your empire and maximize your profits, but they are also proponents for capitalism. While almost all the games on this list have aspects of capitalism in them, Ticket to Ride propagates the idea with a smile.

Pros

  • Great for anyone who loves trains.
  • Easy way to get into strategy games.

Acting like an evil, mustache-twirling industrialist is almost a part of all these games, but with Ticket to Ride, you can twirl your mustache while wearing a top hat. The fact that it features trains and railway lines is just an added bonus. Like Monopoly, this game also spreads the sermon of capitalism with a smile. Going bankrupt is just a tiny hurdle every industrialist must go through.

The Game Of Life

The Game Of Life

Best PG-13 Version Of Monopoly

If only life was this easy.

The Game of Life can be considered to be a PG-13 version of Monopoly. While in the latter, one player wins while the others go bankrupt, The Game of Life makes sure everybody is rich in the end. Everyone only gets richer and finds their dream job, and the richest of the lot wins the game.

Pros

  • Simple rules.
  • Nobody really loses, so it’s great for kids.
Cons

  • You need to rely on luck to win.

If you’re worried that your kids will get bummed out by going bankrupt in Monopoly, you can always start them off with The Game of Life. Nobody really loses, and everybody only gets richer by the time the game ends. You can use this for practice until they’re older, and then introduce them to the harsh realities of Monopoly.

Scythe board game box

Scythe

Best Dystopian Monopoly

Dystopian capitalism FTW!

If The Game of Life is the PG-13 Monopoly, then Scythe is the R-rated version. Players must ensure that their faction controls the most territory and earns the most money by any means necessary. It even includes miniatures of Dieselpunk mechs; surely that’s better than an old-timey car or a top hat.

Pros

  • Can be played single-player.
  • Features stunning artwork and miniatures.
  • Intricate gameplay mechanics and features.

Once your kids have gotten used to the hardships of Monopoly, you can really lay into them with Scythe’s dystopian take on a capitalistic future. Just trade buying land for seizing land, and negotiations for altercations, and you’ll see that Monopoly and Scythe have a lot in common. The latter might require longer play sessions though.

Acquire

Acquire

Best Stocks Based Monopoly

Monopoly, but with stocks and hotel chains

Acquire takes the basic idea of Monopoly and adds several original layers to it. For one, you need to build a hotel chain empire, but there’s also a layer of stocks, majority and minority ownership, and acquiring more hotels. This one’s way more complicated, but is a good time if you’re into stocks.

Pros

  • Great for those who understand and excel at stock trading.
  • Requires some amount of business acumen.
Cons

  • A bit complicated for some players.

If you like Monopoly for the business aspect of it, Acquire takes that side of it to a whole new level. As a real estate tycoon, you need to buy or at least own a stake in as many hotel chains as possible. Other players will try and acquire stakes in your empire as well, so, in this case, the best defense is a good offense.

Pay Day

Pay Day

Best Simple Version Of Monopoly

Monopoly, but simpler

Pay Day is Monopoly if pretty much Monopoly, except the board is designed like a calendar. You must roll dice to move places and follow the instructions of whichever block you land on. It’s really that simple. All you need to do is decide how many months you want to play for beforehand.

Pros

  • Great for introducing kids to business simulation games.
  • Extremely simple to play.
Cons

  • Perhaps a bit too simple for adults

Pay Day is what you get when you take all the challenging bits out of Monopoly. Sure, there aren’t too many challenging aspects to Monopoly, but there are fewer in Pay Day. The main difference is in the shape of the board. It’s designed like a calendar, and players must decide how many months they want to play for.


FAQ

What is the world’s most famous board game?

Considering how many games are based on the same formula, the localized versions it has, and the number of collaborative editions that have been published, Monopoly is the most popular board game in the world.

What is the oldest board game?

The Royal Game of Ur, believed to have originated 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, is the oldest board game in the world.

Which is the toughest board game in the world?

There are a number of advanced strategies used in playing Chess, making it the toughest board game in the world.

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