Anyone struggling to find a foothold on the London property ladder, priced out of even Old Kent Road and Whitechapel Road, will be thrilled that their existential crisis can now be relived in a ‘Life-sized’ version of boardgame Monopoly.

Unlike the real-life version, where you fester in a Southeast bedsit, avoiding being mugged for a decade while you scrimp together the savings for a deposit for a half-mil drab new-build studio in Dartford, the creators of ‘Monopoly: Lifesized’ have promised a 26,000 foot ‘live performance’ extravaganza of fun, entertainment and going to prison…

We’ve actually been waiting for this for quite some time, it was originally announced back in 2019, before being shelved and then finally slated for ‘Spring 2021’. But now they’ve actually gone beyond press releases and teasers, and the experience’s creators have found a location (the old Paperchase flagship on Tottenham Court Road) and the plan is for three storeys of  life-sized Monopoly.

 

What the flip does that involve? I hear you ask...

What the flip does that involve? I hear you ask…

And the answer is, um, we’re not quite sure. There will be three giant boards (named Classic, The Vault and City as well as a Junior Board) and players will be led around them with each property square leading to a room with its own challenge. Which sounds a lot more like Crystal Maze than the Boxing Day borefest you and I are used to.

Intriguingly the game is being touted as ‘4D’, which presumably means that it will take place governed by the constraints of the dimension of time, universal rules that are normally suspended during Monopoly gameplay.

And it’s the first of several similar experiences. With retail space suddenly affordable and the trend for immersive experiences only becoming stronger, London is braved for a slew of similar live gameplay events.

Intriguingly the game is being touted as '4D', which presumably means that it will take place governed by the constraints of the dimension of time...

David Hutchinson, the CEO of Gamepath, the experience’s creator, is bullish about Monopoly: Lifesized  “Hasbro’s original board game continues to lead the market year in, year out and is loved globally by every generation that has grown up with the game. It has been an exciting journey to work with the talented Gamepath production team to bring this new experience to central London.

“We’re very excited as we know we have created something really special for people of all ages. When you step into the world we’re creating, we promise a dynamic, lively interactive experience and a great night out. Get ready for high risks and high rewards where there’s no ceiling to winning. As long as you can stay out of jail!”

Sweet gag, David.

We’re going to keep an open mind on whether this is the next Crystal Maze or the next M&M Store, but the one thing I think we can all agree on is that it already sounds significantly better than screaming at your sister and upending the board because you’ve landed on her Park Lane hotel again.

www.monopolylifesized.com


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