MONOPOLY is a board game for 2-4 players. The goal is simple: Make as much money as you can, and drive your opponents into bankruptcy.
During the normal course of the game, you'll travel around the board buying properties that aren't owned and paying rent on properties that are owned by other people. As you start to collect properties (and trade for ones that you want), you'll eventually be able to collect complete color groups. That's where the fun starts -- when you get yourself a complete color group, you can start building houses on them. Houses might be expensive at first, but the more houses you build, the more you're able to charge for rent. If you can wheel and deal and build up your properties enough to take all of your opponents cash, you'll win the game!
The World Edition
You might have noticed that instead of buying properties like St. James Place and Vermont Avenue (that's Bow Street and Euston Road for you UK folks), you're buying cities from around the world, like Rome and Barcelona. And instead of the usual "Collect $200" for passing GO, you're collecting "2.00M". That's because you're playing MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edtion! The World Edition uses cities of the world, as determined by popular vote, for properties on the board, and all money is now millions of MONOPOLY Dollars (indicated by this symbol -- ) instead of the old currency you might be used to. You might also notice that the Railroads now been replaced with fancy new Transport Spaces, and the Utilities have been replaced with environmentally-friendly versions like Solar and Wind Power.
Of course, underneath the new property names and the new currency, this is still the same old game you've known and loved for years. So with that in mind, let's start playing...