The David Bowie Monopoly Game Is Here: Advance to GO and Collect 200 Hunky Dorys!

Anoth­er way to pass the time while we’re snug­gled in, await­ing the arrival of a vac­cine: David Bowie Monop­oly.

Gone are the thim­ble, the top hat, the old boot and oth­er icon­ic game pieces you may remem­ber from your child­hood or rainy days in sea­side hol­i­day rentals.

This spe­cial edi­tion replaces them with 6 major Bowie sig­ni­fiers: a star, a skull, a Pier­rot hat, a rolled up tie, a space hel­met, and a light­ning bolt.

Monop­oly has pre­vi­ous­ly catered to music fans with sets devot­ed to AC/DC, Bea­t­les, Metal­li­ca and the Rolling Stones, but Bowie’s chameleon­ic qual­i­ty and high­ly devel­oped aes­thet­ic sense ensures that this one’s ephemera will appeal to all fac­tions of the Bowieli­gious, not just those with the patience for a long board game.

For­get about Board­walk and Mar­vin Gar­dens. Instead of real estate, the perime­ters of the board fea­ture albums from Bowie’s enor­mous cat­a­log.

Secure albums to begin erect­ing stages and sta­di­ums that oth­er play­ers will have to “rent” when they roll into town.

The Chance and Com­mu­ni­ty Chest decks have also under­gone some ch-ch-changes. Play­ers now draw Sound and Vision cards which have the capac­i­ty to “open doors, pull some strings or bring the stars crash­ing down.”

Col­lec­tors will find that this set’s paper mon­ey pairs nice­ly with the sou­venir Metro­cards from Bowie’s posthu­mous 2018 takeover of a New York City sub­way sta­tion.

The four cor­ner­stones of Monopoly—GO, Free Park­ing, JAIL, and Go to Jail—remain faith­ful to the orig­i­nal, leav­ing some fans opin­ing that an oppor­tu­ni­ty was missed:

When you weary of David Bowie Monop­oly, you can play a cou­ple hands of Bowie, a free down­load­able card game that can be print­ed at home:

Each play­er will play David Bowie, or more accu­rate­ly, a per­sona of David Bowie. The object of the game is to achieve the great­est lega­cy of any Bowie and sur­vive the 1970’s. Lega­cy is judged by points earned from cut­ting records (flat, black, round- oh, nev­er­mind). There is one slight prob­lem. The Bowies are endan­gered by var­i­ous threats, dark princes, and fig­ures of the occult (which is in no way relat­ed to the copi­ous amount of cocaine being inhaled by our hero). If any Bowie dies, all Bowies are dead and the game is lost.

There’s also Bowie’s appear­ance in the 1999 video game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul:

David Bowie Monop­oly is avail­able for pur­chase here.

via Dan­ger­ous Minds

Relat­ed Con­tent: 

David Bowie’s Rise as Zig­gy Star­dust Doc­u­ment­ed in a New 300-Page Pho­to Book

The David Bowie Book Club Gets Launched by His Son: Read One of Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books Every Month

When David Bowie Launched His Own Inter­net Ser­vice Provider: The Rise and Fall of BowieNet (1998)

Ayun Hal­l­i­day is an author, illus­tra­tor, the­ater mak­er and Chief Pri­ma­tol­o­gist of the East Vil­lage Inky zine. She most recent­ly appeared as a French Cana­di­an bear who trav­els to New York City in search of food and mean­ing in Greg Kotis’ short film, L’Ourse.  Fol­low her @AyunHalliday.

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