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Remember playing the Monopoly Board Game when you were a child? Then when it came out on PS2, that was just like WOW! (well, maybe not). Now it has hit the internet, and the entire world is playing. Yes, this is Monopoly using Google Maps.

The game is called Monopoly City Streets and the objective of the game is to buy streets around the world, make some money through rent and sabotage other users’ properties and streets.. Basically, you play monopoly online with other people (without downloading anything) using real world streets.

Before I get started on how to play the game, let me give you some background information. It has been live since the 9th of September. It is an online game that loads entirely in your browser. There is nothing to download and you only need to register in order to play it. However, on the 11th of September, the Monopoly City Streets Blog announced that they will be restarting the game in about a week’s time. This is to ensure that every knows what they are doing and how to use it. So it is best to join, get the feel of the game, and then when it goes live, you can rule a suburb, city or a country. Also, the game will only be active until 31st January 2010, but they don’t know what they will do to the game afterwards. So get your hands on it while you still can!

Playing the Game

To play the game, simple go to this website and click on ‘Play’.

play monopoly online with other people

Then just find a street you would like to buy, anywhere in the world. Since the game has been running for a while, all the good streets are taken. So find an area that you like, and expand from there. Most of the world is playable, but there are a few exceptions.

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Since I am located in Melbourne, I am going to start my street purchases there. The streets that are blue have been purchased, but you can offer a deal to buy them from the current owner, obviously it will cost a bit more. Also note that some streets are not available to be purchased as you can see in the image below, Collins St. cannot be purchased.

play monopoly online without downloading

So since Melbourne is too busy for me, I am going to purchase a road that is a bit out of town. You may also have noticed that we have not registered yet. You can do this when you purchase your first street. I am going to purchase Springvale Rd. So just find it on the map, then click on the street name in the box on the right.

play monopoly online without downloading

Once you click on the street you want to purchase, a registration box will appear. You also get M$3,000,000 in Monopoly money to spend.

Now, I want to build on the street. Since I am not rich, I will start of small. Click on the street, then select ‘Build Property’, then select what type of building you want to build. I am just going to buy a small City Centre Cottage. The game will give you options on where to build the house, then just select it on the map.

Fortunately, I still have heaps of cash left. I am going to buy another street in the area. Click on the ‘Buy Street’ button on the bottom toolbar (it looks like a pile of money), find a street and repeat the process again. I found a good long stretch of road and now I am going to develop it.

As I said before, click on the street, select ‘Build Property’ and select your what you want to build.

Your buildings will now appear. As you progress through the game, just like the Monopoly Board Game, you can also get Chance Cards. Bugger! Oh well.

I hope that I have inspired you to play. It is quite fun, but remember, everything I have done today will be lost when the game resets. I better get in early and buy up big when it starts again in a week’s time.

If you want to play, just go to the main page, start buying and building an earning. Also read the FAQs and the Game Rules.

Are you a fan of Monopoly? Will you play Monopoly online with other people? What streets have you purchased? Let us know.

  1. Spooner
    November 6, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I love Monopoly and this game sounds like an interesting new twist on the original. thanks for the article.

  2. Jack Cola
    October 3, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Does anyone want to demolish some Hazards on my street when they get the demolish bonus? I am being picked on by Zakka and Bzylber.

  3. Jack Cola
    October 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    So the games has been running some time now. If you have been playing, how are you going? Tell us your score and ranking? You can find your score by clicking on profile that is in the top left corner.

    My score is 1 145 741 000 and currently ranked around 10 locally. (as this figure keeps changing) - I am often on or off the scorebored.

    So hows everyone else going?

  4. Citrusblog.net
    September 24, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Monopoly City Streets Cheat (+ How to Cheat Tutorial):
    http://www.citrusblog.net/?p=137

  5. Creative
    September 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Monopoly city streets discussion :

    http://www.monopolycitystreetsblog.com

  6. CitrusBlog.net
    September 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Monopoly City Streets Cheat:
    http://www.citrusblog.net/?p=137

  7. Donkeyrock
    September 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Unfortunately they're playing politics with this game, eliminating Israel, Gaza, Judea and Samaria. They claim the info is taken from Google Maps, but all those places are available in Google Maps but are not in the game. More info here: elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2009/09/online-monopoly-game-eliminates-israel.html

  8. Jack Cola
    September 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

    The game has been restarted and you are required to re-register. Good luck everyone!

  9. Empire
    September 18, 2009 at 8:37 am

    People claim that all the good streets are already taken, but that is not true. You can find many great streets on monopolystreetfinder.blogspot.com/. Great free service, check it out!

  10. Jack Cola
    September 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Just to let everybody know, the game will be reset very soon.

    "To prepare for the restart, we will be taking down the game on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 15:00 GMT. We anticipate that the game will be down for 12 to 24 hours as we reset and test the game. When the site comes back live, the game will restart."

    http://blog.monopolycitystreets.com/2009/09/restart-date-set.html

  11. HRHugnStuff
    September 14, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I've been playing MCS for about 4-5 days now. It's nice b/cuz after you spend all your beginning money, you really just have to check in once a day and build a few more buildings.

    Strategies:
    1. I've found that grabbing as many streets as possible in the beginning is better because it leaves you more room to build on later.

    2. Also, I think building more smaller buildings rather than 1 large building is usually safer. People like to sabotage the huge, expensive buildings they see. Also, it seems that in general, building more buildings gives you more chances to get Chance cards.

    As an aside, this game is actually similar to a mobile game that I've been playing on my iPhone for a few months now. It's called Parallel Kingdom and you play on a Google Map and claim territory. It's more of an RPG though and it is actually way more addicting. Check it out and if you're in Madison, WI look me up!

    • Jack Cola
      September 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

      I totally agree on your strategy. By the long streets, then buy the building that costs $75000 and that you earn the same about. Its like 100% return, compared to the larger ones that don't. But if you are short on the streets, buy the bigger buildings, but then again, their are heaps of streets that are not taken.

  12. City Streets Board
    September 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    very addicting and fun game. I had to get some help and found a great message board dedicated to the game

    citystreetsboard.com/forums/

  13. Patrik
    September 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    This seems so fun! :)

    Thanks for the link! Already started up my own little empire in my home town.

    • Jack Cola
      September 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

      No problem, remember that they said the game will be reset in a while. So you may have to do it again (which is bad if you are doing really well).

      But on the plus side, if you are doing bad, get in early and rule the major streets in the city :)

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