Monopoly introduces a voice assistant to help manage games

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  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

Monopoly has introduced a talking top hat voice assistant featuring the voice of Mr Monopoly that takes on the role of banker in its latest Monopoly Voice Banking edition.

Tired of having an untrustworthy family member acting as the banker when you're playing Monopoly? The classic banking board game's latest version now has a voice assistant that takes on the role of banker. 

The voice assistant – which uses the voice of Mr Monopoly, or formerly Rich Uncle Pennybags – is shaped like the iconic top hat and will keep tabs on players' money and properties, so there's no need for cash and cards. 

"Monopoly meets voice recognition: in this electronic Monopoly Voice Banking game, Mr. Monopoly is the banker and manages players' money via his top hat. Press the button and say a command like 'pay rent on Marvin gardens' then Mr. Monopoly will respond and move the payment to an opponent's account," said Hasbro, in the product description.

The top hat runs on three AA batteries, for which demo units are included. 

Unlike most voice assistants like Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, Hasbro assures on the box that the device does not connect to the Internet. While that may limit its AI capabilities, it should protect users' privacy, so they can quarrel in peace.

Hasbro claims that this will result in faster gameplay as players will be able to buy and trade properties as well as build up houses and hotels faster through voice commands.

The set comes with the gameboard, four player tokens, two dice, one Get Out of Jail Free card, four Reference cards, 16 houses, 16 hotels, 22 Title Deed Cards, plus the game guide. The board game is rated for ages eight and accommodates two to four players at a time.

It is available for presale on Amazon and Walmart for US$29.99 (RM124) with shipping slated for June 26, though shipping costs and availability might differ for those in Malaysia.

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