At long last, anyone can buy property in downtown Toronto without some old money connex.
For just under 30 actual Canadian dollars, you can own the ability to purchase such landmarks as the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre and Casa Loma with thousands of fake, otherwise worthless dollars.
Introducing Toronto-Opoly: "A fun property trading game celebrating Hogtown."
Available now for a limited time at select Walmart Canada locations within Toronto, the game is essentially, well, Monopoly, but with Toronto-themed board spaces, cards and streets.
The dreaded "jail" in the classic Parker Brothers version of the game is replaced by a "traffic jam" space, for example. "Free Parking" is replaced by an "I heart Toronto" postcard and a thumbs up symbol with the words "BIG FUN" stand in for the original community chest.
This may explain why things feel a bit... off, in some regards — like Allen Gardens costing more than the University of Toronto, and BMO Field being worth more than all of Chinatown.
The board pieces aren't Toronto-specific, either. There are no cute pewter raccoons or CN Towers to speak of. Rather, you can play as a hand, a smile, a heart, a dog, a pretzel or a shoe.
And yet, despite the fact that you can buy Pearson Airport for just $175, parking tickets remain realistically high (you know, if you don't pay them right away) at $75 a pop.
Toronto-Opoly is available now at the following GTA Walmart locations:
- 2525 St. Clair Ave. W.
- 1000 Gerrard St. E., Toronto
- 2202 Jane St., North York
- 165 Queen St., Etobicoke
- 1305 Lawrence Ave. W.
- 900 Dufferin St.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO