Friends, you might very well be asking yourself, do we truly need another edition of Monopoly? The obvious answer is a resounding YES as the Monopoly Planet of the Apes Retro Art Edition allows all of us Ape film fans to utter some very famous catchphrases while playing the board game!
After all, how can one have the likes of Park Place and Boardwalk in a Monopoly Planet of the Apes edition, right? Better yet, not only is nearly all the board changed to fit the locations and important events of the classic 1968 film – but in addition it features the beautiful artwork of Dave Perillo. An artist that we are more than fond of here on the Retroist, sharing his artwork on one or two occasions in the past.
To be honest when you look at the board, the designers have actually included more than the original 1968 film. Grand Central Station as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral are from 1970s sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Camp Eleven and Armando’s Circus belong to 1971’s Escape from the Planet of the Apes. With the likes of the Command Post and Ape Management coming from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes in ’72. Obviously I could be wrong, but there doesn’t appear to be any exact references to 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes. I suppose the real question though is if you manage to obtain all of the spots on the Monopoly Planet of the Apes board relating to the 1972 sequel…can you stage a just if momentarily violent uprising? No? Maybe just flip the board and scatter all of the pieces?
Speaking of pieces, that is my only small nit to pick. As you can plainly see they aren’t metal or even plastic but heavy cardboard likenesses of the characters. Don’t get me wrong in the least, I realize this lends itself not only to the retro aspect, but makes it far easier in showing off Perillo’s art as well.
I guess I would just like to carry around a little metal Cornelius playing piece. The money itself has been altered to fit in better with the accepted Ape society, displaying prominent members of the Government like Dr. Zaius, Caesar, Zira, and I believe even Virgil (Paul Williams) – I guess there is the Battle for the Planet of the Apes link!
You can totally pick up a copy of the board game yourself, right this minute at better game stores as well as on Amazon of course. Perhaps if you come down to the Vault, we can play a few games? Fair warning though, I call Cornelius!
Now that you know a bit about the Monopoly Planet of the Apes Retro Art Edition, maybe you should practice your speech for when winning the game?
[Via] Eczavier Chaff
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