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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

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People are "going bananas", say the makers, for a new boardgame called "Ponzi!", released last week.

In the game, players start with 3 houses and £3million each, then take as much money as possible plus bonus on the first "year" (circuit of board). On the second circuit of the board the player has to swindle all the other players out of property and money by making believable but exagerated claims of future profits, avoiding jail (just like the real Bankers will).

Makers Snatch Toys say the game is "like Monopoly but with no morals, just like the real City".

Other popular games at the moment include "Thatcher!", a DVD interactive game, where players are shown film of foreigners, gay and/or disabled people and have to shout out various derogatory terms such as "spick!", "nazi!" and "mandleson!". "It breaks the ice at dinner parties", claims the maker,BNP Games.

There is also "Gobbledeygook!", where players must answer ludicrously politically correct Guardian Job Adverts by using as many of their magnetic phrases as possible, each of which carry points. For example, using a phrase like "work-based learning provider" is worth 12 points, "multi-disciplinary" 6 points and "mandleson" 1 point.

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