Monopoly has been around forever. What’s different about this?

The highlight of EA’s Monopoly is a mode that they’re calling The Richest. “The idea with The Richest was to take advantage of the speed of computing to make a game that a modern family could sit down and play in 20 or 30 minutes,” says Matt Birch, the game’s creative director. Think of it as the speed chess version of the game you know and love.

Interesting, but vague. How does it work?

For The Richest, your goal is still to amass the most wealth, but here, you keep score with assets. The more properties you own, the richer you are. When you land on a property that no-one owns, it’s yours. But when you land on a property that someone else owns, you have to give them one of your properties as rent–and vice-versa.

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