Brain Game: Just Visiting
Monopoly was always one of my favorite board games, and I won more than my share of games, but IÂ was alwaysÂ a stickler for the rules. Most of the peopleÂ I've met who did not like playing the game cited "It takes too long!" as the primary reason. But if you play MonopolyÂ strictly by the original rules included in the set, you can usually knock out a game in a reasonable amount of time. But that means no adding money under the "Free Parking" space, selling all improvements evenly across a property group before mortgaging, and auctioning any unowned property that a player lands upon but chooses not to purchase outright. Yep, I said "stickler."
The mathematics of MonopolyÂ have long interestedÂ me as well, and that notion brings us to today's Brain Game. Like yesterday's puzzle, the answer to this one isn't as obvious as it might first appear.Â Please read carefully before answering!
As a collection, which color group
of Monopoly properties costs the most
for a player to purchase and fully develop?
Here is the ANSWER.
No, it's not the dark blue properties (Park Place & Boardwalk). In fact,Â theÂ dark blue group isÂ #4 on the list. The red group is #3, the yellow group is #2, andÂ the correct answer to today's Brain Game is: THE GREEN GROUP.
The key reason the dark blueÂ group lags is that there are only two properties in the group, while most other groupsÂ are made up ofÂ three properties.
Here's the breakdown:
GREEN PROPERTIES: $3,920.
Pacific = $300, N.C. = $300, Penn. = $320. Total green properties = $920.
Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then aÂ hotel = $1,000 per property.
Total green properties = $920 + hotels on all three $3,000 = $3,920 to fully develop.
DARK BLUE PROPERTIES: $2,750.
Park Place = $350, Boardwalk = $400. Total blue properties = $750.
Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then a hotel = $1,000 per property.
Total blue properties = $750 + hotels on both $2,000 = $2,750 to fully develop.
The YELLOWÂ GROUP ($3050) andÂ REDÂ GROUPÂ ($2930) also cost more to purchase and fully develop than the dark blue properties, even though the purchase price and house/hotel prices of each property are less expensive.