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Google Monopolises online game industry. This could be very addictive: Google is teaming up with board game maker Hasbro to launch a Google Maps version of Monopoly. Monopoly City Streets, which launches Wednesday, allows users to compete in a live, worldwide version of the popular game, creating the biggest Monopoly tournament ever played.


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Hasbro is a U.S.-based, multinational toy and boardgame company. It is one of the largest toy makers in the world. The corporate headquarters is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States. The majority of its products, however, are manufactured overseas.

History

In 1923, two brothers—Henry and Helal Hassenfeld—founded Hassenfeld Brothers, a textile remnant company. Over the next two decades, the company expanded to produce pencil boxes and school supplies. In the 1940s, Hassenfeld Brothers produced doctor and nurse kits, its first toys. Hassenfeld Brothers' first toy hit was Mr. Potato Head, which the company purchased from inventor George Lerner in 1952. The toy was a smash success. In 1964, Hassenfeld Brothers produced the G.I. Joe toy, which they termed an "action figure" in order to market the toy to boys who wouldn't want to play with "dolls". The company shortened its name to Hasbro Industries in 1968. In 1983, Hasbro produced another successful toy franchise, My Little Pony. The company acquired the Milton Bradley Company in 1984, bringing The Game of Life, Candy Land, Twister, Chutes and Ladders and Yahtzee into the Hasbro fold. Hasbro continued its success in 1984 with the release of the first Transformers toys.

The Transformers Jumpstarters toys were the subject of a lawsuit by Hasbro in 1985 where they sued a toy manufacturer for selling toys based on their design. Hasbro won the suit.

In 1986, Hasbro acquired Playskool, which purchased Mr. Potato Head from Hasbro that year.

Hasbro, Inc. is now the parent company of several subsidiaries. The toys and games produced by these companies retain their brand identity, which is an important advertising consideration. Many of Hasbro's games have been around so long that they have entered into popular culture. In 1998 Hasbro bought Avalon Hill for $6 million and in 1999 Wizards of the Coast was bought in a deal worth $325 million. Wizards of the Coast is now a subsidiary of Hasbro and has Avalon Hill as its division. In 2001 money-losing Hasbro Interactive, a subsidiary formed in 1995, was sold to French software concern Infogrames for $100 million.

Some of the Hasbro-owned subsidiaries are/were:

Avalon Hill (an imprint of Wizards of the Coast, see below)
Claster Television
Coleco
Galoob
Kenner
Maisto
Milton Bradley
Parker Brothers
Playskool
Selchow and Righter
Tiger Electronics
Tonka
Wizards of the Coast
Wrebbit

The largest subsidiary of Hasbro was probably Kenner (in Cincinnati, Ohio). Kenner was the toy company that was behind the success of the Star Wars, Play-Doh, Super Powers, M.A.S.K., Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears toy lines. When Tonka and then later Hasbro acquired Kenner, the Kenner location became the foremost producer for Hasbro "boys toys", leading production on the high-profile lines of 12" G.I. Joe releases of the nineties, and the Transformers, Batman and Star Wars toys. However, after sales declined in 2000 after the Star Wars toy market saturation implosion, Hasbro faced a difficult decision in cutting back its spending in order to continue to cater to their primary buyers. They decided to close the entire Cincinnati plant, relocating about 100 employees and laying off over 400. This decision, while good for Hasbro, created a ripple effect on the Cincinnati job market which continued to push businesses out of Cincinnati, which, with Procter & Gamble and Hasbro, had managed to be the midwest city for corporate advertising and graphic design.

In the early 21st century, Hasbro allowed for the use of Mr. Potato Head in a community art project similar to those with cows in Chicago and pigs in Cincinnati. Painted and reoutfitted versions of Mr. Potato Head by various artists sprouted up all over Rhode Island and were welcome additions in front of businesses and buildings (including a New England staple, Dunkin Donuts) for the duration of the project.

Hasbro would be the largest toy and game publisher in the world if it were not for Mattel's Barbie franchise.

In 2008, Hasbro acquired game maker Cranium, Inc. for $77.5 million. The deal was announced on January 4 and closed on January 25.

Hasbro is collaborating with Discovery Communications on a new channel, and will produce Marvel Comics toys until 2017. The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Marvel in 2009 came as a blow to Hasbro, as it is likely Disney will give the Marvel license to their rival Mattel. Hasbro had also hoped their collaboration with Marvel would pad out their channel's schedule with Marvel cartoons

Manufacture

Over the years, Hasbro has outsourced the manufacture of its products to third-party companies, mostly in China. At the Chinese factories, which Hasbro does not directly own or operate, migrant workers are compensated with meager salaries for their labor. At one such factory, in Dongguan, China, basic assembly line jobs pay a little over one hundred US dollars per month.

In 2007, a workers' rights group investigated several of Hasbro's Chinese suppliers and found that, in one instance, a toy factory in China's Guangxi Province had hired 1000 junior high school students. The same group discovered other widespread labor violations, including unsafe working conditions, mandatory overtime, verbal abuse and sexual harassment of employees. Hasbro issued a statement, saying that it would "act swiftly and decisively in making any necessary changes" and had "increased the intensity of [its] ongoing safety review efforts." Critics counter that, as Hasbro has no official regulatory control of these factories, it responds to such investigations by acquiring independent auditors, who make unannounced visits to the East Asian subcontractors. Factory managers are then "coached" in how to fool the auditors.

Outside Asia, Hasbro owns and operates only two manufacturing facilities, one in Waterford, Ireland, the other in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA. In recent years, the company has cut jobs at both plants in response to increasing competition from lower cost locations in China. At the end of 2006, for example, Hasbro's Irish division laid off more than one third of its workforce.

Toys and games

List of Hasbro toys

Hasbro has several brands of toys and games aimed at different demographics. Some of its better-known toy lines are:

Army Ants
Battle Beasts
Cabbage Patch Kids (1989-1994)
Easy-Bake Oven
G.I. Joe
Jem
Lincoln Logs
Lite-Brite
M.A.S.K.
Mr. Potato Head
My Little Pony
Play-Doh
Pokémon
Spirograph
Star Wars
Tinkertoys
Transformers
NERF

Hasbro is the largest producer of board games in the world as a result of its component brands, such as Parker Brothers, Waddingtons, Milton Bradley, Wizards of the Coast, and Avalon Hill (all acquisitions since the 1980s). As a result it has well known and top selling games such as:

List of Hasbro games

Axis and Allies
Battleship
Candy Land
Cranium
Clue (Cluedo)
Diplomacy
Dungeons & Dragons (role-playing game)
The Game of Life
Magic: The Gathering (Hasbro's top-selling brand)
Monopoly (best selling board game ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records)
Ouija
Pictionary
Risk
Scrabble
Trivial Pursuit
Mirror-Mirror (Winner of ITV1's 'Design a Board Game Competition')

Hasbro also produces many variations of most of their games. For example, in addition to original Scrabble, the game is also available as "Scrabble Deluxe Edition", "Scrabble Deluxe Travel Edition","Scrabble Junior", and "Scrabble Onyx Edition".

Hasbro also offers games of physical skill such as:

Bop It
Bull's Eye Ball
Jenga

Hasbro began a short-lived computer and video game development and publishing venture called Hasbro Interactive in the 1990s, but disbanded it in late 1999. Now Hasbro develops video games based on its brands through third-party developers and licensing strategies.

On February 25, 2005, Hasbro announced that it would be introducing a musical toothbrush to the market. The Tooth Tunes, released in early 2007, transmits music from the jawbone to the ear when the bristles touch the teeth.

Films

Under the supervision of Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Hasbro has been involved in developing big budget live-action film adaptations based on their toy lines.

Released:
Transformers (2007)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

In development:
Transformers sequel (2012)

(Credit: Wikipedia)

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Monopoly Slot is a five-reel, nine-paylines slot game with a 'Pass Go' bonus feature game and a 'Community Chest' bonus game which gives you chance to win extra prizes. The game also features a wild which substitutes for all symbols except the 'Bonus Dice' feature symbol and the COMMUNITY CHEST symbol. BONUS DICE symbol appears only on reels 1, 2, and 3. Three 'Bonus Dice' symbols appearing on any active pay line starting from reel 1 triggers the "Pass Go" bonus feature game. COMMUNITY CHEST symbol appears only on reels 3, 4 and 5. Three COMMUNITY CHEST symbols appearing anywhere on reels 3, 4 and 5 triggers the 'Community Chest Bonus' game.

Game Information:

The minimum bet amount is $0.01 USD and the maximum bet amount is $90 USD
You can bet on up to nine lines.

How to play:
Setting 'LINES': nine lines are selected by default. You can decrease or increase the number of lines by clicking on the Left-arrow button or Right-arrow button located adjacent to the 'LINES' indicator on the game screen respectively. Selected lines are lit, and unselected lines are not lit.

Setting 'BETS': When you enter the game, a default bet of $0.10 per line is set for all 9 lines, resulting in a total bet of $0.90. You can increase or decrease the bet per line by clicking the Left-arrow button or Right-arrow button located adjacent to the 'LINE BET' area. If your game balance is less than $0.90 the system will automatically adjust the bet to the next highest possible amount

The number of selected lines is multiplied by the 'bet per line', and the total bet amount is displayed in the 'BET' meter, which is located at the bottom middle of the game screen.

'RULES': The game rules can be viewed by clicking on the 'GAME RULES' button on the bottom right of the screen.

'PAYTABLE': The 'PAYTABLE' can be viewed by clicking on the 'PAYTABLE' button. To calculate the payout amount, multiply the respective prize with the bet per line. Community Chest Bonus is calculated based on a random multiplier multiplied by total bet.

You can go back to game by clicking on CLOSE button.

SPIN: Click on "PLAY" to spin the reels. After the reels stop spinning, any winning combinations on the selected lines will be paid according to the paytable.

Result: For non-scatter symbols any wins are indicated by their paylines highlighted and symbols animating. For scatter symbol wins are indicated by playing animation. The total win amount is shown at the bottom of the reels as a message. It is also shown in "WIN" meter. The individual line wins are shown on the right of the reels, at the end of each winning line.

Feature Game: BONUS DICE symbol appears only on reels 1, 2, and 3. Three 'Bonus Dice' bonus symbols occurring on an active pay line, triggers the "Pass Go" bonus feature game. The game screen will change, and the feature game screen will open up. On completion of the feature, the main game screen is restored.

Repeat Bet/Change Bet: If you have already bet, the settings selected will be automatically carried over to the subsequent spin. Simply click on 'PLAY' to play with the same bet again. To change your bet, use the Left-arrow and Right-arrow buttons located adjacent to the 'LINE BET' and 'LINES' indicators as explained above.

Credits: Your remaining game balance, after you have placed the desired bet, is shown in 'BALANCE' meter.

Your current game balance is the sum of the amounts displayed in the 'BALANCE' meter and the 'BET' meter.

Click on 'GAME LOGS' to view the logs of the games you've played.
Click on 'REBUY' to buy more credits into the game from your PartyAccount.
Click on 'Exit' to leave the game and return to the lobby.

The game rules are identical in both real money and play money modes.

Game Rules:
All symbols pay left to right except Community Chest symbols which trigger 'Community Chest' bonus game when 3 Community Chest symbols appear anywhere in view on reels 3, 4 and 5.
Only the highest win on each lit line is paid.
Coinciding wins on different lit lines are all added to your total.
Payline prizes are multiplied by the bet per payline amount.

Wild symbol substitutes all symbols except the 'Bonus Dice' bonus symbol and COMMUNITY CHEST symbol.

Wins only occur on selected lines except the 'Community Chest' symbols which pay as explained above
Bonus wins are added to pay line wins.
Malfunctions voids all pays and plays
‘‘Pass Go’ Feature Game Play:
BONUS DICE symbol appears only on reels 1, 2, and 3. Three 'Bonus Dice' symbols appearing on any active pay line, triggers the "Pass Go" bonus feature game.
You will be given 3 Dice symbols to choose by the system.
You will get a random number of dice rolls around the board by clicking on one of the three Dice symbols at the beginning of the feature.
You will then be taken to a separate bonus screen and invited to click the 'ROLL' button.
Your roll will land you on either 'GO', 'CHANCE', 'JUST VISITING JAIL', 'FREE PARKING', 'GO TO JAIL' or a property. Behaviour of each cell is explained below.

GO – Each time you land on 'GO', you will earn 2 times bonus multiplier.

CHANCE – System will automatically land you in a random cell regardless of the dice total & awards will be paid according to that cell after applying the current loop’s multiplier regardless of whether it is shown or not on the property.

FREE PARKING – You will be paid a random number of awards.
GO TO JAIL – This is explained under JAIL BONUS section below.
Property – Each property will pay awards which are shown on the property.
During the rolls, if you pass 'GO' once, properties after 'GO' will pay you 2 times of the awards shown on them. If you pass 'GO' more than once, properties after 'GO' will pay you 3 times of the awards shown on them. These multipliers are shown on the properties up to 12 cells if they are applicable from the place where you landed.
This "Pass Go" bonus game starts with a base award of 10. When you have completed all your dice rolls, the "Pass Go" total bonus amount will be calculated as follows.
Line Bet X Awards X Bonus Multiplier = Total Bonus
Line bet - This is the bet per line amount of the feature triggering game.
Awards – These are paid by the properties you land on.
Bonus Multiplier – Each time you land on 'GO', you will earn 2 times bonus multiplier. Multipliers from Jail Bonus round gets added to the main feature game multipliers. If you never land on 'GO' or you don't win any multipliers in Jail Bonus round, a multiplier of 1 will be taken for calculating the bonus payout.

JAIL BONUS:
You can enter in to this only from 2nd roll onwards. You can not enter in 1st roll because, at maximum player can cross 6+6=12 squares.
Once you enter in to Jail bonus round, you will be given 3 chances to roll dice.
Click on "Roll" button to roll the dice for the first time. If you get identical numbers on both the dice, you will earn 5 times bonus multiplier.
If you don't get identical numbers in 1st roll, click on "Roll" button again to roll the dice for the second time. If you get identical numbers on both the dice, you will earn 3 times bonus multiplier.
If you don't get identical numbers in 2nd role, click on "Roll" button again to roll the dice for the last time. If you get identical numbers on both the dice, you will earn 2 times bonus multiplier.
Jail Bonus round completes when you get identical numbers in any roll or after all 3 rolls are finished.

Community Chest Bonus
COMMUNITY CHEST symbol appears only on reels 3, 4 and 5. The Community Chest Bonus is earned when the player gets three scattered Community Chest symbols any where in view on reels 3,4 and 5. This bonus is played in the main screen where you will be invited to pick one of three chests. Once you have picked a chest your bonus will be revealed.

The bonus amount is calculated based on a random multiplier multiplied by total bet.

Paytable

The theoretical return to player of this game is 95.02%

Pay Lines

Adding funds to your PartyAccount

To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on 'DEPOSIT' in the 'Cashier' menu, then select the desired deposit option. You can also add funds to your account by clicking on 'REBUY' on the game screen and then clicking on 'CASHIER'. Alternatively, click on 'Deposit' in the 'My Account' section on the left panel of the Main Lobby. The time taken to transfer funds and the fees charged will vary depending on which deposit option you choose.

What do I do if I reach my betting limits?
If your game balance drops below the minimum bet, Buy-In window will be automatically presented. To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on the 'Deposit' option in the 'Cashier' menu in the Main Lobby, or click the 'CASHIER' button in the 'Buy-In' window of any game. You can also click on the 'DEPOSIT' button in the 'My Account' section of the left panel in the Main Lobby.

I could not complete the game. What should I do?
If you get disconnected in the middle of the base game, the software will automatically complete the game for you. You will be able to find out the result by clicking on the 'Game Logs' button once you have logged back in. If you are still having problems, please contact our 24/7 Customer Care Team.

If you are disconnected after triggering or in the middle of the feature round, on reconnection, the software will automatically start the feature round, if not already started, or resume from where it was disconnected. After completing the feature round, you can resume playing the same game, or you can select another game of your choice.

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Profile

Monopoly is a board game published by the Parker Bros., an imprint of Hasbro. Players compete to acquire wealth through stylized economic activity involving the buying, rental and trading of properties using play money, as players take turns moving around the board according to the roll of the dice. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single provider.

According to Hasbro, since Charles Darrow patented the game in 1935, approximately 750 million people have played the game, making it "the most played (commercial) board game in the world." The 1999 Guinness Book of Records cited Hasbro's previous statistic of 500 million people having played Monopoly. Games Magazine has inducted Monopoly into its Hall of Fame.

Spinoffs

Film

On June 19, 2007, Ridley Scott announced that he was directing a comedy-thriller based on the game, featuring a variety of young actors to generate interest in the game. Scarlett Johannson and Kirsten Dunst have been considered so far.

Computer games

Besides the many variants of the actual game (and the Monopoly Junior spin-off) released in either video game or computer game formats (e.g. Windows-based PC, Macintosh, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, Commodore 64, etc.), two spin-off computer games have been created.

Monopoly Tycoon is a PC game in the Tycoon series that makes strategy and speed into determining factors for winning the game, eliminating completely the element of luck inherent in the dice rolls of the original. The game uses the U.S. standard Atlantic City properties as its basis, but the game play is unique to this version. The game also allows for solo and multiplayer online games.

Monopoly Casino is also a PC game, simulating a casino full of Monopoly-based adaptations of various casino games (most notably, slot machines). This program was released in both standard and "Vegas" editions, each featuring unique games.

Monopoly: Star Wars is another PC game based on the standard Monopoly board but with Star Wars characters and locations.

On April 23, 2008 Electronic Arts announced that they would be releasing in Q3 2008 a new version of Monopoly for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and Wii video game consoles.

Other board/dice/card games

Parker Brothers and its licensees have also sold several games which are spinoffs of Monopoly. These are not add-ons, as they do not function as an addition to the Monopoly game, but are simply additional games in the flavor of Monopoly.

* Monopoly Junior board game: A simplified version of the original game for young children.
* Advance to Boardwalk board game: Focusing mainly on building the most hotels along the Boardwalk.
* Express Monopoly card game: Released by Hasbro/Parker Brothers and Waddingtons in the UK in the 1990s, now out of print. Basically a rummy-style card game based on scoring points by completing color group sections of the game board.
* Monopoly: The Card Game: an updated card game released by Winning Moves Games under license from Hasbro. Similar, but decidedly more complex, gameplay to the Express Monopoly card game.
* Free Parking card game: A more complex card game released by Parker Brothers, with several similarities to the card game Mille Bornes. Uses cards to either add time to parking meters, or spend the time doing activities to earn points. Includes a deck of Second Chance cards that further alter gameplay. (Two editions were made; minor differences in card art and Second Chance cards in each edition.)
* Don't Go To Jail: Dice Game originally released by Parker Brothers; roll combinations of dice to create color groups for points before rolling the words "GO" "TO" and "JAIL" (which forfeits all earned points for the turn).
* Monopoly Express: A deluxe, travel-able edition re-release of Don't Go To Jail, replacing the word dice with "Officer Jones" dice and adding an eleventh die, Houses & Hotels, and a self-contained game container/dice roller & keeper.[33]
* Monopoly Express Casino: A gambling-themed version of the above game, that adds wagering to the gameplay.
* Here and Now Electronic Edition: Destroys the need for money, using credit cards instead. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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