For all of about five minutes when licensed board game maker USAopoly and Diamond Comics Distributors announced Walking Dead themed versions of classic board games Monopoly and Risk, fans were elated. Then the complaining set in, with fans who obtained preview versions of the Monopoly game accusing it of suffering from poor writing and glaring plot issues.
"When traveling around the Monopoly game board, I sometimes find that I land on a space telling me to 'go to jail,' or draw a card telling me to do the same," said Walking Dead fan and avid Monopoly player Keith Simon of Georgetown, KY. "To get to the prison, I have to pass GO. But the instructions tell me not to pass GO and not to collect $200. This doesn't make any sense, and it's just another in a long line of examples of shoddy writing from the Walking Dead crew."
"Furthermore, the Governor clearly parked a perfectly good pickup truck right near the Go to Jail spot," he added. "Why wouldn't my game token try to take the truck, or, at the very least, slash the tires so the Governor couldn't follow? It's a colossal screw-up that ruins the entire experience."
While the games, which are completely reworked to feature locations from The Walking Dead, make a nice collectors item to sit on a shelf, actually attempting to play them is seemingly more trouble than its worth.
"Every time I use one of the female game tokens, if I'm not paying attention, the token will go charging off into an area of the board where my opponents own a lot of property with hotels," complained Heidi Marquez of Salt Lake City, another rabid fan of the popular zombie show. "It's like the writers hate women."
"First they made Lori an unlikable shrew who pitted her husband and his best friend against each other and then acted like a bitch to Rick when he finally killed Shane, which she urged him to do in the previous episode," she explained. "Then this whole business with Andrea being too dumb to recognize how evil the Governor was for half a season, and then refusing to kill him until it was too late anyway. And now this."
Despite the problems, the games do at least seem to keep things extremely authentic. Going around the game board in circles over and over in a game whose second half drags out about three times as long as anyone's interest in playing it is exactly like watching a season of the television show.
The games will be available in stores in September, with the Monopoly version retailing for $39.99 and the Risk version retailing for $49.99, a great value for all of the pedantic nitpicking you're likely to get out of them.