Product Review

Introducing: Monopoly Singapore: Then & Now and Giveaway

Perhaps the most successful board game in the history of all board games is the Monopoly, I would say. The Monopoly game is still very relevant even in today’s era of electronics games. It’s a fantastic game that teaches the younger generation on the strategies of buying and selling properties and managing their money wisely.

The very kind team at Hasbro sent over their latest product – Monopoly Singapore: Then & Now, for me to review and I was so excited. This is one of the board games that I played the most during my growing up years. I can’t wait to show it to Little Edison. At the same time, I’m eager to see how much the game has evolved since 30 years ago.


Monopoly Singapore: Then & Now is the first two-sided Monopoly board game in Singapore. The game features iconic past and current Singapore landmarks on opposing sides of the board, allowing players to choose which themed era, ‘Then’ or ‘Now’ to play on.


Players can purchase properties such as ‘Coleman Market’ (presently known as ‘Lau Pa Sat’), ‘Oxley Estate’ (‘ION Orchard’) and many other historic buildings and sites on the board. It provides an educational play experience like never before! I think that this is a very creative idea.

You can choose the traditional play with paper cash in ‘Then’ or modern play with an electronic banking unit that allows trading of properties in ‘Now’. Be it ‘Then’ or ‘Now’, the rules and route to making as much money as possible and monopolizing properties remain the same.

I gave Little Edison a quick briefing on the rules of the game before we start. We chose a game piece to represent ourselves as we move around the game board. The game pieces are rather unique here; you can find old school delights like ‘Trishaw’ and ‘Wooden Clog, as well as contemporary inventions such as ‘Aeroplane’ and ‘Cabriolet’.

This game is suitable for kids as young as 7 or 8 years of age, although I play a slightly modified version with my 5-year-old that works just fine. They can learn skills such as counting money, making a change, paying a bill, managing their money etc.


One of the best features of the game is landing on the ‘Community Chest’ or ‘Chance’ and getting to pick up a card. It might be good or bad news. You might collect a big bonus or you might be sent to jail. That’s the thrill of this game!

Our boy was quite worried about being sent to jail. Every time he passes the jail, he said “Wow, that was close!”. He gets excited when he hits the ‘Go’ and get $200 from the bank. He is pretty good at counting the dots on the two dices too.


Monopoly is a timeless game that teaches children important lessons in managing their money and properties. There are both skill and luck involved in this game. You can play for hours as the time passes very fast when you’re at it. It’s also a game for bonding with your children.

I still prefer to play the traditional way with paper cash, but the current Singapore landmarks are more appealing to me. Thus, I play with the ‘Now’ version of the board game but with paper cash.

For your information, Monopoly Singapore: Then and Now is retailing at S$79.90 at Toys “R” Us and all major departmental stores.


I have good news! Hasbro has generously sponsored 3 sets of Monopoly Singapore: Then and Now (worth S$79.90 each) for this giveaway contest. Yay!

As usual, it’s very easy to join this giveaway. Just follow the two steps below:

1. ‘Like’ Our Little Smarties Facebook Page (if you have not)

2. Answer a simple question below and submit your answer as a comment on this blog post

“If you are a die-hard fan of Monopoly, tell us how much you love the game and the number of sets you have at home.”

More info:

  • Prizes will be awarded to the three most creative entries. You can submit more than one entry. (To be fair, we will allocate only one prize to each winner)
  • Contest ends: Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 11.59 pm (SG Time)
  • Open to all readers with local Singapore addresses

All the best and thank you in advance for your participation!

Disclosure: This product is sponsored by Hasbro. Views and opinions are my own.


Winners are announced on 21 Jul 2012, and they are:

  • Commenter # 12: Andy
  • Commenter # 14: Bee Keen
  • Commenter # 18: Eny



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Christine Lim July 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

My niece is a fan thou. I am entering the contest on her behalf as she is now in school. We bought a set of Monopoly for her and it lasted her for 4 years until one day she brought it to school and it went missing. She came back feeling bad as it was a gift and she love it a lot. For that few day, she wanted so badly to buy a replacement set (a mini version and in a pasir malam), she do not have enough pocket money… She even wanted to borrow money from us… We told her no borrowing of money and its just a board game. Its been 2 years on till now she had not got her Monopoly set, I do hope I get the chance to win this set for her as a gift to brighten up her day 🙂 Thank you!

Yvonne July 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I remember playing the Monopoly traditional version (play with paper cash) with my sister during my growing up time. After we played, nobody willing to keep tidy the things, every time must be nagged by mum to keep it …Heheh…Time flies. Monopoly bring back my childhood memories and I wish to pass down and play together with my kids again! Currently, I had 2 sets at home- Junior and Electronic Banking.

Tan Janette July 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I have none at home but there is quite a number over my mum-in-law’s place though. My hubby comes from a big family of 15 siblings you see and on Sundays, most of us would bring our little ones there and big ones (ie: the brother and sisters) would gather for a round of mahjong or two, the younger generation would divide into groups and play board games among themselves and seriously, I always enjoy playing with the nephews and nieces than building tiles with the in-laws ^_^

Dallas Goh July 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

The first board game I got as a gift was a Monopoly Singapore Edition, but it didn’t come easy. My parents thought Monopoly was a too common game and they wanted to buy another gift for me, but I insisted and it paid off. Since there wasn’t other entertainment in the past, my brother and I will play Monopoly for the whole day, everyday, and sometimes with my parents during the weekend if they’re free.

The next best thing that happen was the invention of Monopoly Deal. Traditional Monopoly could take hours to finish a game, but no longer with Monopoly Deal, a game can completed in minutes. It’s a favourite game for army boys like me and we can play the cards for a whole day in bunk.

So, Monopoly has been with me through my life, and I hope I can win this Monopoly Singapore: Then & Now edition and add to my 2 sets of Monopoly!

Jason July 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM

I love this game as it allows me to have the feel of paper money where i can splash the cash on properties and become a millionaire,times have changed when there were the bogus copies where we played with our cousins and then other versions came out as seen in my school days and then the uniquely Singapore edition that i tried to queue for one.Now there’s on-line,the deal card game and this! I currently mortgaged my sets to my grandma house,my sister’s house and my best friend house.

Grace Tan July 11, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Thanks for this giveaway, Our Little Smarties ! I love Monopoly because it means lots of fun and laughter with family and friends! As it is so simple yet addictive, I find that it is a game enjoyed by both the young and the old. The Monopoly game sets belong to cousins whose houses I visit, and I hope to get my own set for entertaining others who visit my home.

Charlotte Ng July 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I love Monopoly because I get to bankrupt all my friends, something that I cannot do in reality without losing my friends XD if I’m losing (and on my way to being bankrupt), it’s lots of fun trying to survive because everyone gets a laugh out of really poor friends (in Monopoly) 😀

I only have two versions of Monopoly, Monopoly deal (airport version) <- does this count? :p and a travel edition of the traditional Monopoly board game! I suppose this shows how much we play Monopoly because we bring it everywhere! I have the really really old Monopoly board game (deluxe edition) but it's at my grandmother's house and has been there since I was in primary school (I'm 20 now). I used to play it with my cousins when we were young to pass time in our grandmother's house while our parents watched the TV or play mahjong. It brings back good memories! and I suppose that the deluxe version that I have needs some upgrading 😉

Stella July 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I am a die hard fan.I love monopoly as when I am stressed,i play this game to relax my mind.I think I have 5 Sets some our valuable monopoly board games that they don’t sell now bye!

Leow Yock Pein July 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Haven’t played Monopoly in years but I remember having a lot of fun with my cousins playing Monopoly when we were young. During the old days, in the early 80’s, we have no computer, no internet. The only entertainment we have is the Televsion set and Monopoly. We always made time for Monopoly when we are back from school, playing Monopoly is the best way to pass our time away ! Playing for hours and hours and soon it is dinner time, time for television !! Some people might find it boring but I believe it is because they are playing with the wrong people. Give the game a try with a bunch of fun people, you will enjoy it !

Flanna Chong July 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Nope, I have none at home but would like to have one cos it’s a good start to play with my kids as compared to Cashflow board game invented by Robert Kiyosaki which cost S$330 for a new set. I hope to instil some money sense for my two little princesses . Good values should cultivate from young… 😉

Rita July 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I am Rita.I used to and still play monopoly with my cousins and siblings.When i am feeling tired , i play this to Make myself energetic.It is like a generation to generation game in my family.Hope I can win this!

Andy July 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Name any board game you know and I am sure Monopoly comes into your mind. It’s the favourite board game that everyone owes – one way or another. Amazingly, it’s the game that no one bothers to read because it’s a game that is taught by the people who already knew them. Best of all, it can be played by anyone above 5 years old.

I like the game because it brought me sweet memories as I enjoyed being the banker. When things does not go my way, I sneak a fast hand and placed more cash in my stash until I was caught. The rest was history. I was never considered as a banker. Even now.

This game certainly brings values on integrity, honesty on the table and certainly propelled my understanding towards strategies and timing.

With the emergence of technologies, Monopoly continues to be a mainstream board game as it was downloaded on my iPhone and iPad apps. In total, I have two physical board games and two Monopoly apps.

The game has certainly comes a long way. And it’s time for my sons to continue the inheritance – hopefully not by sniffing from the bank under the radar. . . : )

Only to find out when the prize comes my way. . . .

Kaelyn Chen July 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I do have one well used set at home but it is pretty worn out and not a complete set anymore. We still use that set to play during gatherings thou. I really hope to win this as the current set I have at home is worn and missing quite a few items due to prolonged usage and *ahem* carelessness. Love to play monopoly with family and friends, its a great game for family bonding. And bring about fond memories of the times we used to play monopoly together during chalets and gatherings. And yes, the thrill of owning properties, collecting rent and counting the paper money! 🙂

Bee Keen July 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My Dad was a businessman and he used to BAN all board games including Monopoly when we were about Primary school age because he came from a family with strong objection to gambling. However, I can still remember how fun it was playing the older version (with the landmarks of Hong Kong, green/red villas, etc) when my mum bought us one set. She has to keep the set for us so that my dad would not know that we have a game with paper notes, banks and loans concepts. I can still remember when I was about to go bankrupt one day, my elder brother appeared for rescue with unconditional loan that really touched my heart. It really brings back fond memories.

Time flies and 25 years later, I am now a mum and I think playing Monopoly with my kids will be fun. I have none at home at the moment but I will definitely have a set in future, be it a gift from lucky draw (:P) or from my own purchase. Furthermore, with frequent visits of neighbours’ kids to my house will add the “FUN” element for all of them.

Aqua July 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

When I was a kid, I used to think the paper money was real and stuffed a few in my pockets when no one was looking during the game. In pre-school, everybody was as naive as me and so I actually managed to “buy” colour pencils (which was the status symbol then) from my friends. It made me really generous with my money though. I would give someone 500 for a colour I took a liking to.

It took me a good many years to differentiate what was real and fake money. I own one set of monopoly, but like I said, it is barely playable since I squandered a good deal of cash away. I am still left with my properties though. Anyone in the mood to barter trade? Haha.

Dominic July 16, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Y’know, the last time I played monopoly, it was on an Apple product, pretty sad right, and the only Monopoly set I ever owned was the original one, and that was 12 years ago. I have exactly no idea where that set went, but I recall creating paper money because I kept losing the original M money. Oh well, guess this new set could provide me a brand new experience with my family on Sundays! Thanks !

Kaye July 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

This game is my all-time favorite.My mother and father used to play this with me.My mother is also a good player in this game.My Honey,never ever knew this game existed.This is a chance for me to “Introduce” this game for Hume.And my sonny saw this game at my sis’s house e played it with my nephew.He asked me”Mama?Can u buy this game for me?”.I hope I can fulfill this wish of his as it is almost his b’day.Thanks!

Eny July 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Hi Emily, first of all wish you a speedy recovery….

Monopoly – it brings me back to lot of fond memories I had with my siblings. I still remember how my bro teached me to manage the $ on hand. It is all about investment….Personally I do not know there are few types of monopoly till I asked hubby this morning if he knew that? And his replied to me is he must be playing with the traditional type last time. I have not exposed my son who is having the same age as yours to this game, however, I would definetely get one for my family. After all, it is a family bonding game.

Libby May 1, 2015 at 3:24 AM

I love playing monopoly because I can earn money and build houses, it is like the real thing


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