Ask somebody to name a fun game involving money and they’d probably answer “Monopoly”. However they would be wrong. Because while Monopoly certainly does have money in it, there is no way on earth that it could ever be accused of being “fun”. Tedious, agonising, and frustrating – yes. Fun? Not in my experience anyhow.
Here’s five money focused board games that are hands down superior to moving a little metal dog around a neverend board.
For Sale designed by Stefan Dorra and is quick and easy card game for 3-6 players. In it you are a real estate agent competing with the other players in order to to buy houses cheap and sell them on for a profit.
For Sale is an exceptionally simple bidding game at it’s heart, and is playable by the whole family. At first glance the theming may seem a little dry, however the art is cute and you soon imerse yourself in the cut throat busness of trying to gazump your fellow players. And unlike the real life practice of flipping houses for profit, In For Sale you never have to touch a paintbrush or a screwdriver. Bonus!
Lords of Vegas
In Lords of Vegas you are a casino owner back in the golden era of Las Vegas. Your task is to beat all the other bosses and make your chain of casino’s the biggest and most profitable in town.
Being set in the 1950′s there is no option to start up your own online gaming websites like http://www.gamingclub.com/au in order to globalise your gambling activities. But never the less the game is really atmospheric and you can almost hear the ring of the slot machines and the shouts from the roulette table as you roll your dice and build your casinos.
Niagara is a game of searching for precious jewels in the river directly above Niagra Falls. In it you canoe downstream finding precious valuable jewel deposits along the bank of the river and loading the booty into your canoe. However you need to be careful that you don’t go too close to the edge of the waterfall or else the unpredictable current might sweep you over the edge and towards your doom.
This is a fantastically silly game, and benifits superbly from a very clever moving board that physically pushes your playing peices towards the waterfall. You really start to sweat when the river currents start to pick up and you see your canoe laden with precious stones inch steadily towards disaster.
Panic on Wall Street
Another wonderfully silly game, Panic on Wall Street simulates the chaotic frenzy of the stock market trading pits of the 80s. The players are split up into two groups – managers (who own stock to sell), and traders (who want to buy it).
Each round the managers and the traders are given two minutes to negotiate with each other in a furious hurly burly of shouting, pleading, and backstabing which never fails to raise volume levels to hights which can induce neighbours to bang on the wall. The winners of the game are the manager and the trader who have been most profitable. This game is fantastic fun and I heartily recomend it to absolutely everyone.
Not all games on this list are modern trendy board games. Aquire is a true classic and was first published in 1964. This is another stock market game; although a little less frenetic than Panic on Wall Street. In it players stratigicaly invest in businesses, which grow and merge with other companies and hopefully make the money you’ve invested grow too.
It’s a great game, although one I’ve yet to master (coming last each time I’ve played). There have been multiple editions relased over the years, but if you are going to try and pick one up then I recomend trying to get hold of the one with big chunky plastic bits – as it is by far the most satisfying to handle.
So there you go – 5 board games about money. Did I leave out your favorite? If so, let me know.