Number of versions: 2
Edition: February 8, 2009
Malta is the largest island of a group of 7 in the Mediterranean Sea,
together forming the Republic of Malta. The other 2 large islands
are Gozo and Comino.
Around the year 870 Malta was taken in possession by islamic Arabs and in
1091 by the Vikings.
As from 1565 the meanwhile more christian island came in possession of the
Maltese Knights. They built large settlements in amongst others
Valletta, Mdina and Rabat on Gozo. From 1800 till 1964 Malta was a British
colony and in 1974 it became a republic. In 2004 the country joined the
European Union and on Januaru1,2008 the Euro was introduced.
During W.W. II Malta was heavilly bombed and shooted by the German
Luftwaffe, particularly during the Siege of Malta.The British King awarded
the island a high decoration for bravery, the George Cross. This
George Cross also appears in the upper hoist corner of the flag and in the
Coat of arms.
Version: Monopoly Malta - Country Edition, Art.Nr. 41375
Publisher: Hasbro/Winning Moves/gamebox Ltd. - dec.2008
Dimensions of the box: 27.0 x 40.2 x 5.0 cm
This is the first Monopoly edition ever published on Malta. It has the
special mention "Country Edition", however in the centre
of the game board only.
The Maltese people got the opportunity to choose the best out of three
pictures for the box cover.
It was Rene Rossignaud who was commissioned by gamebox ltd to take all the
photography of the Maltese Islands for a selection to be featured.
The three final options (from the selection of photos) for the front cover
were shortlisted by a panel of judges and consisted of:
|Valletta Waterfront (by night) |
This image was shortlisted due to the historical value of the
waterfront together with a modern touch, as well as the fact that a
portion of tourists land at the waterfront through cruise
liners. The waterfront is also part of Malta’s historical capital
city whilst showing
the sea as part of Malta’s assets.
They one of the oldest structures in the world, older than the
Pyramids and Stonehenge. In 1992, L-Mnajdra, together with Hagar Qim,
Ta’Hagrat, Ta’Skorba and Tarxien Temples were declared by UNESCO
as world heritage sites joining Ggantija in Malta’s prestigious
list which was listed in 1980. L-Imnajdra therefore presents an
impeccable representation of the Maltese historical value.
|The Malta Cross on a flag |
Again, the Maltese Cross was chosen due to it’s historical value to
Malta. Inherited by the Maltese in the 15th Century from the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta also known as the Knights of St.John, the
cross represents Loyalty, Piety, Frankness, Bravery, Glory and Honour,
Contempt of Death, Helpfulness towards the poor and sick and Respect
for the church; a symbol which the Maltese ancestors have earned
during the Great Siege in 1565.
Sabrina Mulligan, Director of gamebox
Ltd., reports: "The result was overwhelming, over with 80% of
votes in favor of L-Imnajdra Temples. The public has spoken! This front
cover will be there for the next 25 years, by when the producers will have
the opportunity to change this image, should circumstances be different
Michel Matschoss, Managing Director of Winning
Moves - D remarks: "Monopoly Malta is surely one of our most
exciting projects this season."
back side of the box tells following story:
"Monopoly now finds its home in the middle of the Mediterranean
Sea with the idyllic Malthese Islands. Malta is one of the 27 European
Union member states, having joined in 2004 and adopting the Euro in
2008. You can now enjoy playing the classic game buying and selling the
Maltese and Gozitan Localities that give the Maltese Islands their
unique and positively mythic character. The genuine friendliness the
Maltese are known for welcomes you to a country with exquisite
historical wealth dating back 7000 years, blended with a modern
lifestyle, superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches and a thriving
nightlife. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages are
crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces and as the
countryside is dotted with the oldest known human structures in the
world, including UNESCO World Heritage sites and grand palaces, the
Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum. The long
relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that
have occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles
and traditions, giving the Islands a facinating eclectic culture."
The first Winning Moves city games were issued in
Great Britain, later followed by many other countries.
They are all socalled "Authorized Opoly Games", i.a. they
are issued under the approval of and in cooperation with Hasbro.
The prices of the streets and other properties are always the same as
those of the standard Hasbro editions.
All editions are made according to the same pattern an the
features of this edition are:
The colorfull lid shows under the Monopoly bar
an impressive picture of L-Imnajdra Temples, with in perspective mid-under
the first and last spaces at the left and the right of IBDA.
In the lower right corner are 6 of 10 standard tokens
shown, i.e. car - boat - thimble - canon - wheelbarrow and rider-on-horse.
The other tokens of the set are dog - hat - shoe and iron.
Mr. Monopoly (who was Rich Uncle Pennybags
until 2000) with his red bow tie
is in the middle O of Monopoly in the red
The back of the solid game board is red.
The Banker's tray is a square tray of
red plastic on top of
which the double folded game board is placed.
A second, slightly higher tray of green
plastic has 7 slots to store the banknotes
during the play.
The back side of the Is-Senduq (Community
Chest) cards is blue and
show the treasure chest; the Ix-Xorti (Chance)
cards have a red back with a red
Both the instructions on the cards as well as the text on the spaces
for these cards are bilingual (Maltese and English).
The property cards are in Maltese only but that
will bring no troubles because it are only the figures that count.
The money consists of banknotes of 7 neutral
Monopoly notes, packed in a set of "generic money" with
For this edition the currency of the notes is Euro (€).
The set is supplied with a socalled property
pouch. According to Winning Moves it is to store the houses
However, I think the small, transparant case, also going with
the set is better suitable to store them.
The well finished, hollow green
plastic houses and red
plastic hotels have overhanging roofs and a chimney.
The dice are white and have black pips.
There are 2 Rules booklets of 15 pages,
one for each language. In the English version page 14 serves as a
quick translated reference tool for the property deeds, while it is
unused in the Maltese version. The back side of both booklets show all
properties in a row and the name of the publisher in large characters.
few of the Ix-Xorti and
= Buy your cousin's wedding gift. Pay €20.
In-Nadur. Jekk Tgħaddi
minn fuq "IBDA" ħu €200. = Advance to 'In-Nadur'. If
you pass "Go" collect €200.
lura €50 bħala benefattur tal-YMCA. = Receive a tax refund of
€50 as a YMCA benefactor.
€100 biex terfa' L-vara Tal-Festa. = Pay €100 to carry the 'Festa'
The properties of this Malta edition are from IBDA/Go
- Is-Senduq/Community Chest - Ħaż-żabbar
- IL-Port Tal-Imġarr
- Marsaskala - Ix-Xorti/Chance
Qormi - Marsaxlokk -
Jail - Il-Mosta - Tad-Dawl/Electric
Company - Birkirkala - In-Naxxar
- Ix-Xatt Tal-Belt - Victoria -
Is-Senduq/Community Chest - Ħaż-żebbuġ
- IL-Birgu - Free Parking/Tipparkja
B'xejn - IL-Mellieħa
- Ix-Xorti/Chance - Ħal
- In-Nadur - Ix-Xatt Tal-Kottonera
- San Ġiljan
- Tal-Ilma/Water Works - Ħal
Balzan - Go to Jail/Mur-IL-Ħabs
- Portomaso - Tigné
- Is-Senduq/Community Chest - IL-Wardija
- IL-Port IL-Kbir - Ix-Xorti/Chance - Valletta
The first edition of 5,000 copies published in December 2008 was
immediately sold out so time for a new order!
The price of this set was € 60 at the introduction.
McDonald's Promotion Junior edition M happy
Publisher: Hasbro/McDonald's/IPLPerseco GmbH-D - Jan. 2009
Dimensions of the box: 13.0 x 13.0 x 2.6 cm
of the paper board: 29.6 x 41.9
For a promotion activity McDonald's gave a Mini Junior Monopoly set away
in many European countries and probably on Malta as well.
Because of the very small box the paper game board has to be folded
4 times. The game is somewhat simplified compared to the regular Junior
editions, in such a way that:
|The long sides of the board have 8 spaces instead of 10; the
short sides have the same number, so 6 spaces.|
|The properties have no names; there is even no wording on the Start
|Instead of stations in the middle of the sides these spaces are
a kind of Chance field where Mr.Monopoly shows a -2 or +2
|The "Café corner" now is Restaurant Lounge, to
which you are sent from the McDonald's corner, for what you
must pay 3 pieces of Monopoly Money to the "Mr. Monopoly's
Money Corner" (= Fortune corner).|
|There is no question of "ticket booths", but
houses of the same color as your token. Such a house on your
property shows it is yours. Players that land on your property have to
pay you the same amount for rent as you'd paid for the purchase!|
|The 4 tokens have to be pressed out a small cardboard; there
is even no wording on the Start space card and represent: a car
- shoe - dog
and hat, instead of 4 plastic cars
of these 4 colors.|
|There are only banknotes of one
"Monopoly Money", instead of 5 ranging from 1 to 5.|
|The die is replaced by a spinner.|
The moment a player runs out of money the game has ended. All other
players total their money and the player with the most money wins.
This set was "Made in China."