I felt it was fitting to take a moment to look into the game created by the Donald Trump himself, since he is more relevant (for better or worse ha) than ever. I basically forgot that this is one of many that I played in High School.. (we had a substitute teacher come in during Social Studies one day). It must not have impressed me much if I only remembered it existed because of the ad for it- which I saw in my feed not too long ago. Probably around the time I composed my list of Strange Celebrity Board games.
My apologies if the sight of this man sends you away from this article. I don’t necessarily blame you. It’s pretty hard to watch. The ego is out of this world- but I suppose that’s a given.
Alright alright, enough passive aggressive shots at the guy- let’s talk about the game. In case you live under a rock and have no idea why Donald Trump is famous (beyond one embarrassment after another in this “presidential election”..) for being one of the biggest real estate developers in the country. It is only fitting of course, that he would then base the game around property.
The official summary of the game is as follows:
Donald Trump is back, but this time you have the power too- that is, if you play your cards right… You need to do whatever it takes to turn $500 Million into billions of dollars. Do you think you can do it?
In Trump The Game you’ll be bidding against your opponents to buy properties. When all the property has been bought, the cards have all been played, and the deals have been made, you’ll be counting up your cash to see if you were successful in earning the most money. Play Trump the Game to see if you’re cut out to become a billionaire.
Much like the man himself, the game is basically two games in one. The object of the game is to make the most money.. shocking stuff right? Only Trump would find a way to make you try to be as great as him via the likes of a board game.
The game comes with the board, 60 trump cards, 2 die, 4 T playing pieces, 8 property boxes, Trump money and enough ego to last a lifetime. Players will first draw a Trump card from the top of the deck and add it to their hand…apparently if you forget to do so, you are ‘penalized’ and have to wait until the next part of your turn- ouch! Players will then roll the die and move the T playing piece or play the card (the pawn would not move on the board if a card is played). The die has 6 sides but is only numbered 1-5- the last side is a T. Landing a T means you draw a random card from another players hand and THEN roll the die again to move the pawn. The object of this part of the game is to land opportunities to buy as many of the properties on the board as possible (at the lowest price possible- even if it means cheating your way there to win the bid.. sounds about right).
As soon as the properties are purchased amongst the players- the Dealing phase begins. Most Trump cards will still be useful. The point of this part is to quite literally- make deals with your opponents. You can make ‘any type of deal imaginable’ – sale, trade, loan or gift cards and/or property. So for example if you have a “Hotel Profits” card worth $60 million, but don’t own the hotel- you may try to strike up a deal so you can buy it from the opponent who does. The dealing phase of the game only ends when there are consecutive passes by every player in the game. This is when the money is counted- and the winner will have the most.
UGH. I don’t know. It’s a game that never needed to exist. It’s a game that is here just for people to “know his name” and try to emanate his so called brilliance or something. “Be like me! Be like me! I’m so great! Oh you lost? Being me isn’t for everyone!”
I think it would have been far more enjoyable had his face not been plastered on almost every surface imaginable. You can probably tell I’m not a huge fan of the guy- for a multitude of reasons- but ego is one of the biggest pet peeves I have. I’m all for a good game but when you’ve devised a plan to turn average people into blood thirsty, sneaky deal making money grabbers- it kind of loses it’s allure.
Maybe someday someone can re-make this game without the man’s face or the name- and I’ll enjoy it more.
1-4 Too Much Awful
5-7.5- Not so Awesome
7.6-8.5 Almost awesome
8.6-9.4 – Awesome!
9.5-10- Totally Awesome!
I mean, I intentionally brought this game up because of the current political climate- not even going to lie. That being said there was potential here for this to be a captivating game but there was too much ego and quite frankly too much Trump for it to be enjoyable. Folks who can palate the man and who have enjoyed games like Monopoly may feel differently. To each their own- I encourage you to make a decision for yourself.