Yahoo News reports the jail square was axed from Monopoly Empire in order to speed up play, an attempt to appeal to kids who’ll probably still roll their eyes at the thought of playing Monopoly.
Along with the jail square, Hasbro also scratched other critical safe zones to make things faster. This get-rich-quick version of Monopoly can be played in as little as 30 minutes instead of the traditional family-destroying several hours.
Other changes include the use of more modern name brands like Xbox and McDonald’s as properties instead of Park Place and Boardwalk to try to lure a generation with less time and a shorter attention span back to board games. But even if kids still don’t find the game cool, hopefully Hasbro made enough dough from splashing corporate logos all over the place to cover the lost revenue.
Monopoly isn’t the only game to get redesigned to make it faster. Hasbro recently released a version of Scrabble that can be completed in two minutes and 30 seconds. Even the Rubik’s Cube, a game that’s supposed to take a long time to play, has a stripped down version.
Still no word on whether kids today know if any of these games even exist.