This summer marks the 16th birthday of one of our favorite board games. The first version of Cat-opoly was released in 2001, and since then it’s evolved through a few different versions.
We’re still fans of the original version as it has a cool retro vibe, but they’re kind of hard to come by anymore. Every once in a while you can find someone selling one on Ebay or some obscure board game site on the internet.
We spoke with the founders of the game and what impressed us was their commitment to working toward the manufacturing of completely earth-friendly games. 100% of the unused paper involved in making their games is recycled and the fiberboard used in the set-up boxes and game boards is all recycled material. Their printing is alcohol free and they use only soy based inks.
Plastic game trays that hold game parts, which are currently a high impact styrene, are being replaced by a water bottle recyclable material. Metal game tokens are being transitioned from lead-free pewter to zinc. Recycled glass is becoming an alternative to styrene “house and hotel” game pieces. How’s that for being both Earth and Feline Friendly!
Based on the original Monopoly game, Cat-opoly introduces a few fun twists – for example, the Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced with Purrrfect and Cat-astrophe. Jail is replaced with water (which of course NO cat wants to fall in!)
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Free Parking is changed to Free Catnip, every cats dream! And all of the Railroad spaces are different types of cat sayings – Stray Cats, Scaredy Cats, Cool Cats, and Copy Cats. What a Meow-velous concept!
The classic tongue-in-cheek humor of the entire game is simply charming. One of the founders’ favorite line about this game is: “Cats can play Cat-opoly, they just choose not to.”
It’s a great way for families to spend some quality time together. In fact a number of recent studies have shown that bringing back family game night not only improves bonding between parents and kids, but has been shown to lead to better grades at school and can help your kids solve problems. Kids bored? Pull out the Cat-opoly board!
But don’t expect too much cooperation from your cats. And be warned, some cats are known to come from a family of cheetahs! =^..^=
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