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Monopoly is changing again–and some parents are not going to like it

Monopoly Ultimate Banking (Courtesy of Hasbro)

Remember when true success was measured by the height of your Monopoly cash stack? These days, it's calculated with your credit score.

In an attempt to keep the classic board game relevant to our millennial lifestyle, Hasbro has dropped the dollar bills for bank cards in its newest Monopoly edition "Ultimate Banking," which will roll out later this year for $24.99. (The original version will still be available.)

In the game, players will tap their plastic on a small credit card reader dubbed the "Ultimate Banking Unit" to purchase properties and pay rent. The bank cards will also track wealth and rising property values, Hasbro said.

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In 2007, Hasbro unveiled a similar concept called Monopoly Electronic Banking, but the company says the new version is different.

"Now bank cards, event cards and title deeds are all readable with the Ultimate Banking Unit," the company said in a statement. "The Ultimate Banking Unit allows fans to track their wealth, buy properties, collect rent and watch their fortunes rise and fall with a simple tap to the unit.

"Also, there is a difference in the gameplay that makes it more fast paced, dynamic and fun. For example, there are event cards that can make rent levels rise and fall, so your luck can change in an instant."

Monopoly Ultimate Banking was recently revealed at the 2016 American International Toy Fair in New York City.

Matthew Hudak, an industry analyst for the market intelligence firm Euromonitor International, said Hasbro is trying to keep the game current.

"Monopoly, for a while now, has been taking a strategy of focusing on family playtime, trying to make it appealing to the children of millennial parents," he said. "They want to be able to appeal to this next generation of families."

But it's hard to predict how parents will feel about it.

Some may appreciate a family game that reflects their day-to-day lives, Hudak said, but some may hold onto their nostalgia for the original game.

Indeed, there's also an educational component to family playtime.

Robert Siegler, a cognitive psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said games like Monopoly can help children learn about numbers.

Siegler, who has produced research on how games can boost children's numerical knowledge, said hands-on experience helps them learn. He said he could not speak specifically about Monopoly Ultimate Banking because he has not played it, but merely tapping a bank card would not provide the same auditory, visual and kinesthetic cues.

"If you don’t have those cues, you wouldn’t get the sense of which numbers are bigger than other ones," Siegler told The Post.

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In 1935, Parker Brothers started selling the Monopoly game, which was based on Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to a history from Hasbro.

The prototype was built using an oilcloth and a board.

The first playing cards were written by hand. The houses and hotels were made from wooden molding scraps.

And, when it hit the market, it sold for about $2 a pop.

Over the years, Hasbro has released many Monopoly editions — Avengers, Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Frank Lantz, a game designer and director of the New York University Game Center, said the latest change was "a nifty little gimmick."

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But rest assured — for better or worse — we'll always have the original.

"Monopoly has a complicated reputation," Lantz told The Post. "People love it — or they think they love it — and end up hating it by the end of the night. It tends to grind on, wears out its welcome, but that doesn't stop people from playing it."

Hudak, the industry analyst, said it's what millennials grew up playing.

Hasbro, Hudak said, is "never going to lose their original line."

"Part of the appeal to parents," he said, "is that Monopoly is timeless."