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Monopoly Deal Card Game

MONOPOLY DEAL is a fast-paced, totally addictive card game that you can play in minutes! Deal and steal your way to success - just collect 3 property sets to win. Sounds easy... but beware the dreaded Debt Collectors and Deal Breakers, which can flip your fortunes in the play of a card! Fast-dealing, card-stealing fun for family and friends!

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Critic - Level 2
50 of 56 gamers found this helpful
“Quick, A little dirty and unlike Monopoly totally fun!”

We all know the problems of Monopoly: It’s too long, few people play by the actual rules and aside from rolling the dice there’s little to do and almost no strategy.
OK, there’s probably more, or maybe I’m giving Monopoly a hard time because I never liked it, but suffice to say it’s not something I’m really willing to play anymore.
But then I saw Monopoly Deal! and thought “Wasn’t there already a Monopoly Card Game?”. There was, in fact there were two, and they’re both pretty good, but really kind of hard to find. And I remember liking the Monopoly Card game, but it was before I played games as much as I do now and I didn’t really think I’d like it, until I read the reviews on Board Game Geek. People said that it was actually fun and worth the $5, so I went out and found it and have to say I have not been disappointed.

The concept is fairly easy, you’re trying to collect three complete sets of Property Cards. You can play three cards per turn and they can be Property Cards that you play in front of you, Action cards that you play to get other players to give you money or Property or Money Cards that you Bank to prepare for having to pay other players.
It’s a quick game that is very easy to teach, and with the abundance of Property cards in the deck it’s fairly easy to complete a set. Some of the cards are also Wild cards that can be one of either of two Sets, and on your turn you can re-arrange your properties maybe moving around those wild cards and using the newly stolen property from your opponent to complete your third set. The number of times this has happened to me is a little disheartening, but I’ve done it once or twice as well so I guess it balances out.

The only complaint I really have is that the cards are cheap card stock like you’d expect from Hasbro or other mainstream game companies. I’m surprised that I actually notice this, but the fact that my Monopoly Deal! cards have warped and my Mission: Red Planet cards are fine even though I’ve owned M:RP longer seems like an issue of quality.

It’s not a deep game, that’s for sure. It’s quick and fun and you can stab other players in the back just like the “real” Monopoly. The fact that I can get this out, teach it and be done playing in 15 minutes is one of the testaments to this game in my opinion. Everyone is familiar with the idea, and every time I’ve played it I’ve gotten a positive response. Usually something to the effect of “Oh, that’s like Monopoly but it’s actually fun!”

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46 of 52 gamers found this helpful
“I take no credit”

General Game Play

The objective of Monopoly Deal is to be the first player to complete 3 full property sets on the table in front of you. Each property card tells you how many cards you need of that color to complete the set.

There are 3 places where cards can be played during a turn:

1. A player can place money cards or action cards (rent, house, hotel, force deal, pass go, etc) face up in their bank.

2. A player can play property cards face up in front of them in their property section.

3. A player can play action cards in the middle discard pile.

Each player is dealt 5 monopoly cards at the start of the game and then picks up 2 cards from the remaining draw pile at the beginning of each turn.

Each player can play up to 3 cards per turn. A play is considered any time a card is played on the table (such as money into your bank, property cards on the table, action cards played into the middle, etc). You do not need to play all 3 cards per turn if you do not want to.

At the end of each player’s turn, they cannot have more than 7 cards in their hand. If they do, they need to discard the excess Monopoly cards into the discard pile in the middle.

Play clockwise around the table until someone completes 3 full property sets and they are the winner of that Monopoly Deal game!

Check out the Monopoly Deal Strategy section on tips and tricks to help you win Monopoly Deal.

Starting & Dealing the Game

Monopoly Deal Dealing Five Cards
Example of Dealing five cards to each Monopoly Deal player

Step 1:Take out the 4 cards that say “Quick Start Rules” from the Monopoly Deal deck.
Step 2:Shuffle the deck.
Step 3:Deal out 5 cards to each player.
Step 4:Put the remaining cards in the center face down. This will be the draw pile.
Step 5:All players can pick up the Monopoly cards that have been dealt to them but do not show anyone else your cards.

What does a Player do on Their Turn

Monopoly Deal Hand – Picking Up and Laying Down
Pick up Two Monopoly Cards During a Turn and Lay Down Up to Three

Each player must pick up 2 cards from the draw pile during each turn.

Then each player can play up to 3 cards on their turn. (a play is considered any card you lay onto the table such as money into your bank, property cards on the table, action cards played into the middle, etc). You do not need to lay all 3 card plays if you do not want to.

There will be 3 places where cards can be played during a turn: A player can place money cards or action cards (rent, house, hotel, force deal, pass go, etc) face up in their bank, a player can play property cards face up in front of them in their property section, and a player can play action cards in the middle discard pile.

At the end of a turn, a player cannot have more than 7 cards in their hand. If they do, they need to discard the excess cards into the discard pile in the middle.

My Thoughts
I love the game it is quick, easy to learn and has great replay ability.

We use it as a filler between games or when waiting for members to arrive at game night. My grandchildren and Senior friends enjoy the game and have asked to replay after they learn the rules.

I only added this review to answer the request from “dazia” asking for how to play instructions.
Other than my thoughts it is a direct copy from

I hope this will be of use to anyone looking at the game.

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Went to Gen Con 2012 Bronze Supporter
Advanced Reviewer
52 of 59 gamers found this helpful
“Fun filler, Rules are lacking.”

This has been sitting on my girlfriend’s shelf for some time, even though some of our lighter gamer friends have raved about it. The game is simple and can be explained in about 60 sec, but it is a lot of fun too! With the original concept of Monopoly in mind you are trying to gather your monopoly of three different property sets to win.

Money Cards: Used to pay rent
Action Cards: Action cards are divided up into two groups, rent and deal. Rent cards you play against others to cause them to pay you rent. If they don’t have the money then they have to cough over a property to cover it. Deal cards allow you mostly to steal properties from other players. There are a few odds and ends also like Go, Happy Birthday, and one similar to get out of jail.
Property Cards: Just like the original board game you are trying to collect properties, but now its simply with the goal to get three sets.

You start with five cards and on your turn you draw two cards and can play up to three cards from your hand. The cards you play can be money into your bank, properties you are collecting, or an action you are performing against others. If someone is performing an action against you, you have to play the cards played in front of you to pay them. So you either have to pay them out of the money cards you’ve played into your bank, or if you don’t have enough money you will need to pay them with properties. One neat aspect of the game is that change is never given. If you owe someone 3 Million, but only have a 5 Million card on the table, they make an extra 2 Million. You go around the table trying to steal properties to be the first one to three and win.

– The game is very easy to learn, I think you could play it with anyone who could read or isn’t color blind.
– Very inexpensive and easy to find at any Wal-Mart.
– Fast play makes a great filler while another, bigger game, is being set up.

– The rules are a little weak, especially when playing with less players. Check out some house rules to make this more competitive.
– The cards are a little flimsy, but its only $5 so what do expect.

Overall, we had fun playing it and will surely do so again, but the rules were so thin after the first game I started to alter them to make it a bit better.

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Gamer - Level 3
Copper Supporter
49 of 56 gamers found this helpful
“A Fun Filler That Can Easily Overstay It's Welcome”

Monopoly Deal! is a fun little card game that tends to make gamer’s ears perk up. No matter what kind of gamer you consider yourself, chances are you have probably played the somewhat mediocre game of Monopoly. While this card game won’t take you days to complete a game, it is missing a feeling of completeness in the ruleset.

The gameplay itself is simple. Each turn you play three cards from your hand, and draw two. When you run out of cards, you get to draw back up to five cards.

There are only a few kinds of cards: Property, money, and action cards. The goal of the game is to collect three property sets from the popular board game. Money cards are used as a buffer to stop people from taking your properties through charging you “rent”. Action cards provide the “meat” of the game, and are also the source of some of my bad impressions.

Let me say this first: the game is fun. There are moments of groans, and triumph, and generally the game last 15-20 minutes and then you want to move on to something else. It takes 2 minutes to teach the game, and set-up/cleanup is instantaneous. Basically the perfect filler.

The bad taste in my mouth comes from a flaw in the rules. Whenever a card is played on the table as either property or money (and every action card can be played as money), it’s taken out of the game forever. Technically, every single card from the entire deck could be placed on the table with zero intereactions between players. There could be no winner.
On the more realistic side, what happens if there is no quick vicotry is that all the property and money comes out of the deck. Then, the game becomes a search for the overpowered actions cards that instantly steals property or whole property sets.

In summary: This is a fun game that perfectly fits its filler trope, but don’t look at this as any kind of game to think serious thoughts over.

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Gamer - Level 4
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53 of 61 gamers found this helpful
“The perfect Monopoly game”

Building off the shared experience of the Monopoly, this card game offers a cheap, quick, and fun experience. Simple hand management and set collection mechanics come together for a ten minute game.

The objective is to be the first to get three complete sets of property cards. Every round, you draw two cards and can play up to three cards. Property and money cards are played in front of the player, but the real fun comes from the action cards– they allow a player to trade properties or even steal them. Others charge rent– and if the other players can’t pay, then they will be handing over properties.

It isn’t a deep game, but I give it a high recommendation. You can buy it on the cheap (I got mine for $3), and it is easy to break out when waiting at a restaurant or while waiting for other gamers to arrive for a night of gaming. If the cards get destroyed, then it is cheap to replace. I keep a copy in my laptop bag.

Finally, I can’t overstate the importance of the Monopoly theme. A lot of people grew up with Monopoly, and it is an important shared experience that can be used to show the same people that games don’t necessarily have to be slow or boring.

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Cryptozoic Entertainment fan
58 of 68 gamers found this helpful
“The Gateway Drug to Deckbuilding.”

Monopoly and Monopoly Deal (MD) share a common ancestor, but like a great person born of a terrible parent you can’t help but wonder if the 2 are even related.

In a Nutshell:
Don’t let the title fool you, MD just has the veneer of the old classic Parker Brothers Game. Thankfully they’ve cut everything that sucks about monopoly and left just enough to let inexperienced gamers feel comfortable.

One game can last as short as 15 minutes.
It is a game where you take turns drawing cards trying to combine cards into property sets. The fun happens when you get to watch the other players suffer as you charge exorbitant rents and steal their properties.

I think it achieves all kinds of corporate backstabbing in the way that the original intended.

The Takeaway:
I have played it with non-gamers, hardcore gamers, young gamers, stoned gamers, and my mother in law and everyone had fun. Unless you’re the President of the “To Cool to Game Club” you will enjoy this game.

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My First Game Tip
48 of 60 gamers found this helpful
“Better than the boardgame!”

Monopoly Deal is a lot more fun than its big brother. This quick and easy set collector will get brought out quite a bit. You get the joys of buying properties, building houses and hotels and charging your friends absurd amounts of rent all in about 15mins.

You can build up combos to charge up to 32 million dollars in rent, totally devastating your opponents or have you beautiful Mayfair and Park Lane Stolen out from underneath you at the last moment for a devastating loss.

Make sure to keep your bank well stocked and watch out for those sly deals. Monopoly Deal will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat to the last moment. Or at least onto the No Thanks card.

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48 of 62 gamers found this helpful
“Not as Luck-based as First Appears”

This game seems to be mostly luck-based, but I don’t think that is the case because my wife wins 9/10.

The combination of strategy of and luck really make this game have the broadest appeal of any game I own. It’s a great bridge for casual Milton Bradly/Parker Brothers type gamers into the realm of more serious strategy games.

This game has the themes of one of the most famous but monotonous games we grew up on, but the simplefied mechanics of the games my wife and I have come to love. It is the nexus point where all gamers can meet.

Even though it is only a deck of cards I rated the components 4/5 because it fits easily into my pocket or my wife’s purse.

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Critic - Level 2
Amateur Reviewer
48 of 63 gamers found this helpful
“Awesome mini-monopoly experience”

I honestly don’t understand the hate here for Monopoly: The Board Game, but I do understand the love for this card game. It takes the most popular aspects of the board game and lays them out simply for the player: Collect properties, make money.

Force your opponents to trade value properties to you for garbage, or make them pay you rent. Be sure to keep cash on hand yourself as a defense against being forced to sell properties!

Easy to learn and with great replay value. The first night I played this, my friends and I played probably 6-7 games in a row. It plays really fast and was a lot of fun.

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Gamer - Level 2
49 of 74 gamers found this helpful
“SO much more fun than regular monopoly!”

this is a quick filler game, or a game to play with your non-gamer friends. it plays quick and i really like the ‘stick-um’ aspect. makes the game more fun. this is a game to play when your brain is tired but you want to play something.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
Pet Lover
48 of 74 gamers found this helpful
“Monopoly without wanting to kill grandma.”

Time to Learn
5 minutes

Genuine Play Time
20 minutes (10 with my family)

3 of 5: You do need to draw the cards that can help you most.

3 of 5: You do need to play the right cards at the right time, but you should never have to punch grandma in the throat for taking more than 5 minutes on her turn.

The cards get to straight to the good part of the Monopoly board game without all the hassle, but lacks the haggling you do with other players.

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I'm a Real Person
48 of 75 gamers found this helpful
“More fun than Monopoly, that's for sure.”

When I suggest to my friends that we play Monopoly, most cringe, run or set things on fire. When I suggest Monopoly Deal, however, people shout in delight. Monopoly Deal has a great combination of individual skill and group sabotage that makes for a fun game. It’s easy to learn, it’s fun to play and it’s fun to keep playing.

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Gamer - Level 1
49 of 80 gamers found this helpful
“Actually a good filler game”

Fast-paced and very cut throat, it’s everything I can ever ask for from a quick filler game. It serves as a great study break and transition game between heavier, longer games like Settler of Catan or Pandemic. It’s good for those that want a break but also use their brain at the same time.

It’s very easy to learn, but like the original Monopoly game, there’s not much variation with strategy, people catch on after a couple turns, and it’s depended on luck mostly (what cards you get from the pile).

I had a good time with it, so I’d definitely recommend this game to other people.

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Petroglyph Beta 1.0 Tester
48 of 84 gamers found this helpful
“Monopoly As It Should Be”

This game is great for a quicky. My wife loves it… built in nostalgia without the pain. I HATE Monopoly, but this game has taken the best parts and made it fun. A top 10 filler for sure.

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My First Wish!
48 of 85 gamers found this helpful
“Tricky at first but becomes a great social card game”

Trying to learn the gameplay of can be a bit difficult but once you play a dummy hand, you quickly grasp the concept of this card game. The only real complaint I have with this game is the font size on the cards. There is some very tiny print and when trying to play this with my older family members, they couldn’t read what the cards said (mind you, none were wearing their reading glasses). Definitely a nice way to enjoy some time with family and/or friends.

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Rated 25 Games
48 of 86 gamers found this helpful
“Bleh! Fine for kids I guess. ”

Too simple with too much luck.

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48 of 87 gamers found this helpful
“A war game simulating corporate warfare - kind of”

I’ve gotten many friends addicted to this game.

At first it may seem simple but the more you play, the more complicated strategies ensue. There’s many ways to win, even if your losing there are ways to use that to your advantage to win.

Some people say the rules aren’t detailed enough. It’s simple really, anything that the rules don’t say is allowed. Just play with that in mind and this great game will provide endless hours of strategic thinking fun – literally.

Once someone gets the hang of it, they always want to win at least once!

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Rated My First Game
48 of 89 gamers found this helpful
“looking for a quickie?”

This game was not too hard to pick up. Almost too quick to end, you’re building three threesomes of colors to win. Liked the mechanics. Quick turns in fortune (the lead) made it fun and not to be taken too seriously. Color cards double as money cards, which protect against losing cards when you have to pay money to another player. Lots of specialty use cards. Would like to play again, and this game apparently resides in the usual retail chains, and is inexpensive to purchase.

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Rated My First Game
48 of 91 gamers found this helpful
“Addicting game, but a little difficult to understand at first.”

This is a pretty simple game (at the end of the day). It is also very easy to play over and over. One concern is that it is extremely confusing at a first glance. This is especially funny because the instructions express this problem very clearly. Paraphrasing: “just get started and it will all make sense”. As if the creators realized how confusing it sounds at first.

But it is true! Tough out the first couple of rounds and it will all make sense. This is a pretty quick game and it is relatively easy to understand and perform.

Thanks for reading.

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48 of 92 gamers found this helpful
“Fast, portable fun!”

Really easy game to learn. Fans of monopoly will enjoy the quirkiness of this version however it does stray from the original rules slightly.
Colourful cards and the familiar monopoly wordings make it a comfortable game to play and the portability of it all makes it perfect for travelling.
I originally bought this game just as a novelty but we ended up playing it way past our overseas trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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