Monopoly (NES)

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Monopoly
Monopoly - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: Sculptured Software, Inc.
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Monopoly is an adaptation of the popular board game by Parker Brothers. The goal of the game is to make all the other players bankrupt. This can be done in many ways, such as owning more property than the other players, trading properties, and building hotels.

The NES version is well-made, despite being on such a limited console. The game offers up to eight players, has AI with personality, and many, many game settings to customize, such as time limits, starting money for each players, and who owns which properties at the start of the game. The game even has a nice assortment of digitized sound effects.

Despite the game being developed in North America, the Japanese version is slightly superior, as the trade screens show animated portraits of the characters.

The developers later went on to develop the Game Boy, Genesis, and SNES versions of the game.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Selecting a computer opponent.

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Rolling my die on the board.

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Getting sent to jail.

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An auction taking place.

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The game is over when the opposition is bankrupt.

Music

The game contains 29 songs; a lot of music for an NES game. However, most of the songs are just jingles, so most of the game is stark silent. The only songs that loop are the Title Screen, Auction, and Ending songs. However, the first two songs de-synchronize the drum track, something that was popular in Webb's music, so it's unknown whether this was intentional for variety, or an error made by him.

Because of the nature of the game, it's hard to get a clear track listing, as many of the events in the game can occur at any time. The PAL version is recorded as well, as the game was released in France and Germany. As can be expected, the PAL version plays slower and a half-step flat compared to the NTSC releases. These versions, as well as the Japanese version have some of their own voice acting as well. The most well-known dialogue in this game is when a player gets out of jail and an ominous voice says, "Don't be coming back now." Most of the game's soundtrack was used in the Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions of the game.

The music was written by Paul Webb in 6502 assembly in Ken Moore's sound driver.

Recording

  1. NTSC (USA/Japan)
  2. PAL (France/Germany)
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen Paul Webb 3:22
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102 Player 1 Menu Paul Webb 0:05
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103 Player 2 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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104 Player 3 Menu Paul Webb 0:05
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105 Player 4 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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106 Player 5 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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107 Player 6 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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108 Player 7 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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109 Player 8 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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110 Rent 1 Paul Webb 0:02
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111 Rent 2 Paul Webb 0:02
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112 Rent 3 Paul Webb 0:02
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113 Rent 4 Paul Webb 0:02
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114 Rent 5 Paul Webb 0:02
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115 Rent 6 Paul Webb 0:02
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116 Rent 7 Paul Webb 0:02
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117 Rent 8 Paul Webb 0:02
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118 Community Chest Card Paul Webb 0:06
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119 Chance Card Paul Webb 0:07
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120 Income Tax Paul Webb 0:04
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121 Go To Jail Paul Webb 0:03
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122 In Jail Paul Webb 0:02
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123 Park Place and Boardwalk Paul Webb 0:02
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124 Auction Paul Webb 0:48
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125 Auction ~ No Bids Paul Webb 0:02
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126 Building House Paul Webb 0:03
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127 Building Hotel Paul Webb 0:05
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128 Game Over Paul Webb 0:05
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129 Ending Paul Webb 1:10
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Title Screen Paul Webb 4:00
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202 Player 1 Menu Paul Webb 0:06
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203 Player 2 Menu Paul Webb 0:05
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204 Player 3 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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205 Player 4 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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206 Player 5 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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207 Player 6 Menu Paul Webb 0:05
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208 Player 7 Menu Paul Webb 0:05
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209 Player 8 Menu Paul Webb 0:04
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210 Rent 1 Paul Webb 0:02
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211 Rent 2 Paul Webb 0:02
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212 Rent 3 Paul Webb 0:02
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213 Rent 4 Paul Webb 0:02
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214 Rent 5 Paul Webb 0:02
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215 Rent 6 Paul Webb 0:02
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216 Rent 7 Paul Webb 0:02
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217 Rent 8 Paul Webb 0:02
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218 Community Chest Card Paul Webb 0:07
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219 Chance Card Paul Webb 0:09
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220 Income Tax Paul Webb 0:05
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221 Go To Jail Paul Webb 0:03
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222 In Jail Paul Webb 0:02
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223 Park Place and Boardwalk Paul Webb 0:03
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224 Auction Paul Webb 0:56
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225 Auction ~ No Bids Paul Webb 0:02
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226 Building House Paul Webb 0:04
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227 Building Hotel Paul Webb 0:06
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228 Game Over Paul Webb 0:06
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229 Ending Paul Webb 1:22
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Credits

(Source: Musical comparison, game lacks credits)

Parker Brothers games lacked staff credits due to the company's policy. However, interestingly, there is a credit to the game's programmer, Bill Williams. We have contacted Paul Webb, who said he may have written the game's audio, but he couldn't remember for sure. The title music sounds identical to the one used in Day Dreamin' Davey, which credits Webb. Also, Webb was the only composer credited in Sculptured Software's NES games.

Game Rip

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The NTSC and NTSC-J versions of the game use the 2A03 of the NES, and the European versions use the 2A07. The game uses Ken Moore's sound driver.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Monopoly
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-05-??
Publisher: Parker Bros.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: Monopoly
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1991-11-01
Publisher: Tomy
  France.svg   France
Monopoly - NES - France.jpg
Title: Monopoly
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Parker Bros.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Monopoly
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Parker Bros.

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