Easy money game
The most noticeable change was the redesign of the center area. The original board showed 3 thick border lines, with EASY MONEY shown twice around the circle, a green color fill in the bank building, orange color fill in the word BANK, and was oriented parallel to the center fold line. In addition, the corner squares were white and there was an extraneous thick black line in the corner opposite the START square.
This 1935 hybrid board shows many ‘housekeeping’ changes. In the center, the EASY MONEY text is shown only once at the top of the circle, the color fill for the bank building and the BANK text is gone, now showing only as an outline on a yellow background, the orientation was rotated 90 degrees CCW to be perpendicular to the fold line, and the border of the center circle shows only as a single thick black line instead of three. These changes reduce the ‘clutter’ of the original board. Also, the white corner colors were changed to the predominant yellow background color and the extra line was removed from the square opposite the START square.
About the time this redesigned board was introduced, Parker Brothers brought suit against Milton-Bradley claiming the EASY MONEY game infringed on their Monopoly game patent. Among other game changes, Milton-Bradley had to modify the play squares of the EASY MONEY board to placate Parker Brothers, so the ‘New and Improved’ game board of 1936 showed significant changes to the play squares while retaining much of the other characteristics of this redesigned board.
Easy money game The most noticeable change was the redesign of the center area. The original board showed 3 thick border lines, with EASY MONEY shown twice around the circle, a green color fill
Easy Money is a board game introduced by Milton Bradley Company in 1935. The game is based on The Landlord’s Game (as is Monopoly) in the movement of pieces around the board, the use of cards, properties that can be purchased, and houses that can be erected on them. In 2005, Winning Moves Games released a remake version.
- 1 Game play
- 2 History
- 2.1 Ea$y Money
- 3 Board
- 4 Notes & References
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Changes
Easy Money is among the Landlord’s Game / auction family of games which also includes Monopoly. Players begin with a set amount of money. Properties allow owners to charge rents based on the houses purchased on that property. Players may trade or sell properties. Other spaces have particular action that must be taken when landing on or passing over.
Easy Money has Give-or-Take cards, instead of the two card types in Parker Brothers’ Monopoly and early Finance sets.
A game of Easy Money ends when a player is not able to pay what they owe, and had sold or mortgaged all of their properties. The cash-on-hand of each player, plus the value of each property owned (and not mortgaged) was the player’s net worth and determined the winner.
Games can last several hours.
Milton Bradley Company (MB) was one of the companies that Charles Darrow showed his Monopoly in 1934, but was turned down. After the success of Monopoly and Finance, Milton Bradley decided to issue its own version of Finance. Despite the Landlord’s Game patents having expired and the auction monopoly developing in the public domain, Parker Brothers sued Milton Bradley for patent infringement, and the latter was forced to license the former’s patents to continue production of the game. MB was forced by Parker Brothers to make changes for its 1936 “New Improved Edition” issued in three separate versions. A design patent for Easy Money was applied for at the Patent Office and was either withdrawn or rejected.
A new board was made for the 1940s edition with a new box design in the 1950s. A final Milton Bradley edition was printed in 1974. An unrelated game with the same name was issued by Hasbro in 1996. In 2005 under license from Hasbro,  Winning Moves republished the 1950s version with new property names.
The “other” game: note the dollar sign ($) in place of the “S”
In 1988, Milton Bradley released a completely different game called “Ea$y Money”. This game was in no way related to the previous “Easy Money” game, and does not play like Monopoly at all.
The game board is piled high with money packs of different denominations. The money packs are ten bills of the same amount wrapped in a paper strip. Players roll dice and move around the board sharing one token. Follow the directions on the space either doubling their current money, landing on or passing an Easy Money space to collect one or two million dollars, collecting a Mystery Jackpot, holding a lottery or playing on Wall Street. All money is taken from the huge pile in the center of the board. The game ends when all the money is taken from the board and the player with the most money wins.
Easy Money is a board game introduced by Milton Bradley Company in 1935. The game is based on The Landlord's Game (as is Monopoly) in the movement of pieces around the board, the use of cards, properties that can be purchased, and houses that can be erected on them. In 2005, Winning Moves Games…