The new $50 Monopoly Live is the same as the old game, except that it has a prominent 10-inch tower sitting in the middle of the board. This plastic tower rolls non-existent fake dice with fake dice sounds, manages rent calculations, announces player turns and even remembers how much money you have — all done electronically.
The tower bathes the board in infrared light and a camera can see reflectors placed on each game piece allowing dice rolls to be initiated by just covering your game piece.
Leif Askeland, one of Monopoly Live’s designers says that “the tower never makes a mistake” and that disputes are non-existent.
The game will be in stores this Fall.