COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition'

Updated: 10/18/2013 9:35 PM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich
Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich

One of my favorite television shows is “The Walking Dead.”

It's about a group of people who are trying to survive a zombie outbreak. The show is action packed and has tons of zombies, so why wouldn’t I like it?

The "Walking Dead” was first a comic book series that was created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

You may have read in a previous post, that I also enjoy the board game Monopoly.  It’s such a competitive game that can take less than an hour to play or in many of my experiences with the game days.

So what if you combined Monopoly and “The Walking Dead”? Well, you get one awesome, themed board game that is a blast to play. Over the years there have been many different themed Monopoly board games, but none of them have been as cool as “The Walking Dead” theme in my opinion. The game board is extremely detailed, and I love the art on it. When you first look at the game board, your eyes immediately go right to the middle where there is a crudely drawn hoard of zombies that look fantastic. There are also a few of the survivors that you are playing as above the zombies that also look pretty neat.

The main thing that you will notice when you are looking at the board is the properties you are familiar with, like Boardwalk and Park Place, are gone.  Now you have properties such as Atlanta Survivors Camp and The Hilltop Kingdom. Fans of the “The Walking Dead” will know what these properties are, and will be familiar with them.

The railroads have been replaced by a horse, truck, R.V. and bike. I thought that this was pretty clever and creative because that’s how the survivors moved around. The only two spots on the board that have remained the same are free parking and jail; otherwise, everything else has been changed.

Another thing I really thought was awesome are the game tokens. You get six collectable game tokens, which I thought looked great. You get a bucket of body parts, katana, Rick’s hat, telephone, Lucille (baseball bat wrapped in barbwire) and an R.V.

The money has been replaced by supplies.  So in order to buy a property, you have to pay in supplies. The denominations are still the same, but instead of the $100 bills, you now have 100 firearms. Some of the other changes in the game are that houses are now named walls, hotels are now guard towers, chance cards are called scavenger cards, and the community chest cards are supply chest cards.

The text on the scavenger and supply chest cards have been changed but they all do pretty much the same as the cards in the previous Monopoly games.

The rules for playing Monopoly: “The Walking Dead Survival Edition” is exactly the same as regular Monopoly.  If you don’t have time to play a full game, there are rules for a shorter game (60-90 minutes).  I thought the rules were explained very well, and there were nice pictures showing you each game piece with an explanation on how to use it.

Overall, I thought Monopoly: “The Walking Dead Survival Edition” was amazing, and in my opinion it's the best version of Monopoly that has come out so far. I loved the art on the game board and cards; also the game tokens were very cool. I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of “The Walking Dead,” horror movies, or if you want to play a unique and fun version of Monopoly.

Monopoly “The Walking Dead: Survival Edition” can be found at your local comic book store.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist with who writes about entertainment news.