Monopoly is a popular board game that has been around since 1935. The aim of the game is to become the wealthiest player and forcing your opponent to go bankrupt by buying and renting properties.
One major flaw people have with Monopoly is the length of time it takes to complete the game, so that leads me to the question:
How do you speed up monopoly?
Monopoly gameplay can be speeded up with one simple rule. Every time a player lands on a property it must be bought. Even if the player that has landed on the property does not want to make the purchase, it must be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
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How long does monopoly usually take?
A typical game of monopoly is only supposed to last 60 to 90 minutes but realistically depending on how many players are playing this is more likely to take 2 to 4 hours to complete the game.
I think most people have had instances when the have quit playing because the game was just taking too long.
How long does monopoly take with 2 players?
Playing monopoly with 2 players would reduce the playing time however I would still expect it to take at least 90 minutes to complete the game without tweaking the rules, depending on how skilled the players actually are.
Why monopoly takes so long
Monopoly takes so long because most people play the common house rules that make the gameplay last longer than it actually needs to be. These are rules such as
- Receiving an extra $200 for landing on the pass go space
- Paying Income tax and other bills to the free parking space so that if any player lands on this space they can collect the money
- Not making sure that every property that is landed on is purchased
- Having to move around the board once before being able to purchase a property
How to play monopoly quicker
It is possible to play monopoly quicker, here are more ideas you might want to try to speed up the game:
- Pick how many rounds of the game you are going to play before you start. Once the rounds have been completed add up all cash and equity value and see who has got the most
- Only need 3 houses instead of 4 before building a hotel on that property
- Play a time limit game such as 1 hour. Once the hour has passed then determine the richest player.
- Only collect $100 for passing go instead of $200
- Players only have 1 attempt at getting out of jail for free instead of 3 rolls of the dice
- At the start of the game the banker shuffles the title deed cards and deals two cards to each player. Players must pay the price of these properties to the bank then start the game as normal.
- Use a speed die
- Limit the amount of players
- Don’t allow any player to borrow money from the bank after they go bankrupt
- Do not let players mortgage properties
- Players must make trades with other players every time they roll a 6 so they have a chance of getting a full colour set
Why not even consider buying Monopoly Speed, the speed version of the game?
How to play Monopoly Speed
Monopoly Speed can be played in under 10 minutes with a new unique gameplay. Monopoly Speed consists of 4 rounds of Buying and Trading cards. There are no turns, all players play simultaneously.
The aim of the game is to be the richest player after the 4 rounds are played.
To begin with each player is dealt £5000 and the rest of the money is placed in the centre of the board as the bank. Next shuffle the chance cards and deal 4 of these to each player face down. The Community Chest cards are now shuffled and 3 of these are dealt to each player.
Take a coloured playing token and matching coloured die and place your token on one of the two Go spaces. When you are all ready the youngest player presses the button on the stop watch.
After 3 seconds the timer will sound to indicate that the first buying stage has begun. Remember there are no turns in this game of monopoly and all players take their turns simultaneously. During the buying stage all players must continue to roll the die and act upon each space that they have landed on. If you land on an unowned property you may purchase this by paying the bank $1000 and moving the title deed card in front of you. Then keep rolling and moving you don’t have to buy every property that you land on if you don’t want to. If you land on someone else’s property it doesn’t matter, you do not pay rent in this speed version of the game.
If you pass go collect $1000 and if you land on go to jail, move your playing piece over to the jail space but you can keep rolling. The jail is unlocked in this version.
Once the time sounds again the buying stage will end and the trading stage will commence. At the beginning of this stage draw you top chance card. If the chance card tells you to do something immediately then read it aloud and perform the action. If the card tells you to keep it until you are ready then keep it hidden until you are ready to use it. All players now can trade any properties, chance cards or community chest cards to any other player for any agreed price. You can repeat as many of these actions as many times as you like until the timer sounds again.
Once the time sounds you will re enter the buying stage. Each stage happens a total of 4 times. Each buying stage will get shorter and each trading stage will get longer as the game progresses. At the end of the 4th stage you will hear a horn and applause indicating that the game is over.
All players stop trading and receive cash from the bank for any of their properties and any community chest bonuses that they have collected.
Each player counts up their cash and the player with the most cash wins.
How long was the shortest game of monopoly
There are reports that is is possible to complete a single game of monopoly in 21 seconds! Yes you heard that right, 21 seconds! Apparently this only requires 4 turns and 9 dice rolls.
Variations of monopoly
Along with Monopoly speed there are so many different versions of monopoly on sale at the moment. Some of them take a lot less time to play. Here are some of our favourites
Monopoly for Sore Losers
Monopoly Ultimate Banking Edition
Stranger Things Monopoly
Monopoly Voice Banking
Game of Thrones Monopoly
Many people avoid playing monopoly due to the length of time it takes to complete a game however it is every easy to speed up a game of monopoly with this simple method. Do you have any other thoughts or suggestions on how to speed up Monopoly? Let us know in the comments.