Something I’d never thought I’d ever see has happened: Godzilla Monopoly and Godzilla Jenga games exist. Now that the shock and surprise has settled, let’s check them out!
I do also want to say that this isn’t a review. It’s just to show off the games-although I think that they’re both really cool.
Even though Godzilla has been around for 65 years with a ton of movies and other media, you know the franchise has really made it when it has its own official Monopoly game!
There are six pieces included seem to be all from the Showa period. MechaGodzilla 1974 (or 1975), King Ghidorah (I’m, PRETTY sure it’s the Showa design), Rodan, Mothra, Godzilla and just out of nowhere, Minilla. I’d rather have had Angurius but hey, Minilla’s fine.
The money is pretty cool but I’d have loved to have differing designs for each of the denominations. A little more effort in that area would have been great. The graphics on the cards are awesome and I thought it interesting that they included the Zone Fighter version of King Ghidorah in the game. The board itself is just cool to look at with so many callbacks to the films. For example, the properties of the regular Monopoly game are renamed to franchise names like “M Space Hunter Nebula” and “Kingdom of Seatopia”
Now, while you can play the game using the normal Monopoly rules, you can also play what’s called the “Monster Edition”. The game changes up so the traditional railroad spaces have their names changed to things like “Maser Beam Tank”, and “Super-X”, houses and hotels become facilities and bases. I’m not quite sure what the special rules are going by the instruction booklet as the only difference seems to be the name and picture changes. I do also like how the Chance and Community Chest cards have all been switched to more franchise specific themes with names and pictures.
Overall, it’s great to see a Monopoly Godzilla board game with roots deep into the franchise. I highly recommend it!
The Jenga pieces are meant to simulate a building which is pretty cool. I do find the fun that Godzilla gets a “beam effect” of sorts too. I tried to get, without destroying the cardboard, the rules for the game.
The Godzilla design on the box looks like a little bit of the Godzilla 1962 design with a bit of Godzilla 1984 for the face. It looks ok but the game piece for Godzilla is for sure based off the 1954 design and the art is a lot better there.
It’s pretty cool that there are custom modes for the game. They could have just painted the pieces a building color, slapped the Godzilla name on the box and called it a day but effort was actually put in to making this game something special.
So, overall, these games are exactly what Godzilla fans needed at the time of this writing. Fun for the whole family and a great way to get little ones interested in Godzilla on a family game night! Also, if you’re a collector, be sure to pick these up because special editions like this aren’t in print for long!