The E.A. Rawlinson Centre, North Saskatchewan River, Grey Owl’s Cabin and Amy’s on Second—those are just a few of the city’s staples included in Prince Albert-Opoly.
The limited edition of the Monopoly game, sold exclusively at Walmart, hit the market a couple of weeks ago.
Walmart sold out of the game within a couple weeks. They’re currently shipping another round of about 300 games.
Jean-Paul Teskey is the vice-president of the British Columbia-based Outset Media, which designs, builds and distributes games and toys.
“We’re really excited and we’re so pleased that Prince Albert has really embraced the idea,” he said, adding they’ve gotten positive feedback.
But, as Teskey explained, they have gotten some comments that they’ll take into consideration should they sell the game again.
Prince Albert residents will notice a few of the city’s standouts are missing: The Art Hauser Centre, the home of the Prince Albert Raiders, or the Diefenbaker Bridge, a symbol of the city being the Gateway to the North.
“If we do produce another run for next year, we’ll include some different locations,” said Teskey. “I would hope to do another run closer to Christmas.”
He added that someone said they should include the area’s jails as locations on the board.
He said Outset Media has sales representatives living in cities close to Prince Albert, specifically Regina. The company chose the landmarks with the help of those employees and through researching online.
Teskey emphasized that personal games tend to do better in smaller centres: “I just think that smaller cities kind of celebrate it a little bit more.”
He said they’re planning on expanding the games across the prairie provinces.
Teskey said the Late for the Sky Production Company custom makes their Monopoly games. Hasbro, the owner of Monopoly, allows them to remake it with a few changes, such as removing the go to jail card.
Parker Brothers acquired the rights to Monopoly in 1935. Hasbro bought them out in 1991, who continue to own the classic game inspired by Atlantic City, New Jersey.