MONOPOLY: Build-a-lot Edition Walkthrough, Cheats and Strategy Guide

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By David Becker | Sep 13, 2009 |

MONOPOLY: Build-a-lot Edition Walkthrough

Welcome to Gamezebo's strategy guide of Monopoly Build-a-lot Edition.

This guide contains general tips, complete tables of the different buildings, as well as a walkthrough for the whole campaign of this game. We hope that this article provides all help and hints you might need if you get stuck.

GENERAL TIPS

  • Various symbols on houses indicate that something is wrong with the concerned house. A faucet or a light bulb mean that you have to respond immediately, which will cost you some money unless you already have built the Water Works and the Utility Co. A wrench means that the building needs to be repaired, you will need workers and materials to do so. In all of these cases the concerned houses won't provide you with any rent until the problems are completely fixed. This also goes for upgrades, paintings and landscaping - while you do these tasks on houses they won't provide any income. Therefore it is always a good idea to do all kinds of upgrades at the beginning of a rent cycle.
  • The little green bar on the top left-hand corner of the screen displays how much time you have to finish the level. The dent marks the point at which you have finish the level to get a gold ribbon.
  • The four tabs in the bottom of the screen are your main tools to play the game. The tab on the left-hand side displays your current income as well as the income cycle, and you can see how far you have proceeded with your goals. By clicking the second and the third tab you get to the "order-materials" and "train-workers" buttons. The last tab provides all blueprints, so you should click this one if you want to be able to activate a new building:
       
  • It is always better to train three workers and to order larger amounts of materials (at least 1000), because in this way it is cheaper for you, even without the Sawmill or the Workshop you get a discount for training more workers at the same time or for ordering more materials at once.
  • Before you can construct any building (except for the Cottage), you have to buy its blueprint at first. Those blueprints are rather expensive, so if one of your goals is to construct a new building for which you have to draft an appropriate blueprint, it is advisable to concentrate on the other goals for the moment. You can still draft the blueprint and construct the building(s) later on, when you have gathered enough money.
  • You can replay every level at any time. For one thing you can always select every level on the level map to replay it. For another thing you are always to able to restart the level you are currently playing.
  • If you are not able to perform any task, Mr. Monopoly will very likely explain to you why. In most cases you will simply lack materials or workers to perform certain tasks.
  • Houses and Hotels are very similar. Both of them can be upgraded, painted and sold. However, you won't be able to inspect or landscape Hotels. Otherwise, Hotels are more profitable than Houses. You also have to take into account that you need four Houses in your possession at any level to build a Hotel.
  • When you build the CC & Chance Office in any level, yellow surprise cards will appear on random houses occasionally. Simply click on those cards:
       
  • A great way to easily earn some quick money is to purchase rundown houses, if possible even with low-ball offers. Restore them, and then simply put them up for sale. In this way you will make large profits without much effort.
  • It is not that hard to ensure that your low-ball offers will be accepted. Just as an example: If a Victorian goes up for sale, and you want to purchase it, the only thing for you to do is to put two of your Victorians up for sale. After this your low-ball offer will definitely be accepted. But you should consider that it always has to be the same type of house. This is a little bit unfair, because when you put up a Victorian for sale, you will get lower offers even if there is no other Victorian up for sale in that neighborhood.
  • Landmarks have the greatest effect when they are built between two houses or hotels. As an example, if you build a Mr. Monopoly Statue in between two Cottages, the overall appeal of your neighborhood will immediately increase by 60. 
  • Be aware of the fact that layouts of levels change when you restart a level. However, the basic situation will still be the same, so you should be able to apply any strategy even if the arrangement of lots and houses has changed slightly.


BUILDINGS

Residential Buildings:

House/HotelConstruction costs/basic rent/value1st upgrade costs/rent/value2nd upgrade costs/rent/value3rd upgrade costs/rent/valueCottage1 worker, 75 materials - $750/$50,0001 worker, 15 materials - $900/$55,0001 worker, 30 materials - $1,200/$60,0001 worker, 45 materials - $1,650/$65,000Townhouse2 workers, 150 materials - $1,500/$75,0001 worker, 30 materials - $1,800/$82,5001 worker, 60 materials - $2,400/$90,0002 workers, 90 materials - $3,300/$97,500Colonial3 workers, 300 materials - $3,000/$150,0002 workers, 60 materials - $3,600/$165,0002 workers, 120 materials - $4,800/$180,0002 workers, 180 materials - $6,600/$195,000Victorian5 workers, 600 materials - $6,000/$300,0002 workers, 120 materials - $7,200/$330,0002 workers, 240 materials - $9,600/$360,0003 workers, 360 materials - $13,200/$390,000Hacienda7 workers, 1200 materials - $12,000/$600,0002 workers, 240 materials - $14,400/$660,0003 workers, 480 materials - $19,200/$720,0003 workers, 720 materials - $26,400/$780,000Chateau9 workers, 2500 materials - $25,000/$1,200,0003 workers, 500 materials - $30,000/$1,320,0003 workers, 1000 materials - $40,000/$1,440,0004 workers, 1500 materials - $50,000/$1,560,000Inn3 workers, 450 materials - $3,500/$165,0002 workers, 60 materials - $4,200/$180,0002 workers, 120 materials - $5,300/$195,0003 workers, 180 materials - $7,000/$211,000Chalet8 workers, 2200 materials - $20,000/$1,000,0003 workers, 400 materials - $25,000/$1,120,0003 workers, 800 materials - $35,000/$1,240,0004 workers, 1100 materials - $45,000/$1,360,000Grand Hotel11 workers, 3500 materials - $30,000/$1,800,0003 workers, 600 materials - $40,000/$2,120,0004 workers, 1200 materials - $55,000/$2,340,0005 workers, 1700 materials - $70,000/$2,560,000
Other buildings:BuildingConstruction costsEffect(s)Water Works4 workers, 1000 materialsprevents broken pipes in housesUtility Co6 workers, 1500 materialskeeps power outages from occurringCC & Chance Office7 workers, 1700 materialsoffers surprise messagesService Station8 workers, 2000 materialsincreases the productivity speed of your workers and vehicles ; -5 appealTrain Station9 workers, 1500 materialsprovides a regular income, -20 appealWorkshop3 workers, 900 materialsdecreases training costs of your workers, -5 appealGarden Center5 workers, 1000 materialsenables you to landscape houses, -10 appealSawmill5 workers, 1200 materialsmaterials become cheaper, -15 appealCinema5 workers, 1000 materials+5 appealPark Space5 workers, 1250 materials+10 appealJazz Venue5 workers, 1500 materials+15 appealMr. Monopoly Statue5 workers, 1800 materials+20 appeal


WALKTHROUGH

Mediterranean Avenue - Goals: Townhouse blueprint, buy 1 empty lot, 2 Townhouses, $4,500 rent.

  1. Draft the Townhouse blueprint.
  2. Build two Townhouses.
  3. Buy an empty lot with a low-ball offer.
  4. Upgrade both Townhouses to two stars.

Baltic Avenue - Goals: 3 restorations, 2 two-star Cottages, $6,000 rent.
  1. Restore your three damaged houses.
  2. Upgrade the Cottage to two stars.
  3. Buy an empty lot. (alternatively you can also buy another Cottage)
  4. Build a second Cottage.
  5. Upgrade the Cottage to two stars, too.
  6. Upgrade your Townhouses to one star.

Reading Railroad - Goals: Train Station blueprint, 1 Train Station, no empty lots, $200,000 cash
  1. Restore the Cottages.
  2. Build and sell a Townhouse.
  3. Draft the Train Station blueprint.
  4. Buy the two empty lots when they are up for sale.
  5. Sell your Cottages.
  6. Train a worker.
  7. Build and sell three Townhouses.
  8. Build a Train Station.

Oriental Avenue - Goals: Draft the Inn blueprint, own 1 Inn, own 4 painted Houses, buy 2 Houses
  1. Paint your Cottage.
  2. Build two Townhouses.
  3. Sell one Townhouse, paint the other one.
  4. Build another Townhouse.
  5. Draft the Inn blueprint.
  6. Build a Cottage.
  7. Buy an empty lot.
  8. Build an Inn.
  9. Sell the two unpainted Houses.
  10. Buy two Houses and paint them.

Vermont Avenue - Goals: Draft the Colonial blueprint, own 2 Colonials, own 2 painted Townhouses, +10 appeal.
  1. Sell your Cottage.
  2. Draft the Colonial blueprint.
  3. Build and sell a Colonial.
  4. Buy 2 empty lots as soon as possible.
  5. Build two Townhouses.
  6. Build two Colonials.
  7. Paint your two Townhouses.

Connecticut Avenue - Goals: Draft the Water Works blueprint, own 1 Water Works, own 2 three-star Colonials, $10,000 rental income.
  1. Draft the Water Works blueprint.
  2. Sell the Cottage.
  3. Build two Colonials.
  4. Build one Colonial.
  5. Sell one Colonial.
  6. Upgrade the other two Colonials to three stars.
  7. Build a Water Works.

St. Charles Place - Goals: Draft the Workshop blueprint, own 1 Workshop, employ 7 workers, own 4 three-star Colonials.
  1. Sell a Townhouse and a Colonial.
  2. Build a Colonial.
  3. Upgrade your two Colonials to three stars.
  4. Buy and demolish one of the damaged Cottages as soon as possible.
  5. Build two more Colonials and upgrade them to three stars, too.
  6. Buy the damaged Townhouse and demolish it as soon as possible.
  7. Build a Workshop.
  8. Train three workers.

States Avenue - Goals: Cinema blueprint, 1 Cinema, 6 pink Townhouses, +35 appeal.
  1. Demolish the Cottage.
  2. Build and sell a Colonial.
  3. Draft the Cinema blueprint.
  4. Buy the empty lot as soon as possible.
  5. Build four Townhouses and paint them pink.
  6. Buy and demolish the three Cottages as soon as possible.
  7. Build two more Townhouses.
  8. Paint the Townhouses pink.
  9. Train a worker.
  10. Build a Cinema.

Virginia Avenue - Goals: 1 Utility Co, 3 three-star Colonials, 1 painted Inn, no rundown Houses.
  1. Restore and sell the Colonial.
  2. Demolish both Cottages.
  3. Draft the Utility Co blueprint.
  4. Train two workers.
  5. Construct three Colonials.
  6. Buy and demolish the other rundown Houses when they are up for sale.
  7. Build another Colonial.
  8. Build an Inn.
  9. Upgrade three Colonials to three stars.
  10. Paint the Inn.
  11. Build and sell a fifth Cottage.
  12. Build a Utility Co.

Pennsylvania Road - Goals: 1 Park Space, 1 Train Station, demolish three houses, no houses with negative appeal.
  1. Demolish your two rundown Houses.
  2. Sell the Colonial.
  3. Train one worker.
  4. Build the Train Station on the lot as indicated on the screenshot below.
  5. Build two more Colonials and sell them.
  6. Buy and demolish rundown houses whenever possible.
  7. Draft the Park Space blueprint.
  8. Build a Park Space.
  9. In this level you slightly depend on luck, because the rundown houses must be up for sale early enough, so that you can finish the level in expert time. The most important thing is that you always have enough money stored in case that those rundown houses go up for sale.
       

St. James Place - Goals: 1 Garden Center, 3 landscaped Townhouses, own 2 Landmarks, $15,000 rental income.
  1. Sell one of your Colonials.
  2. Draft the Garden Center blueprint.
  3. Build a Garden Center.
  4. Build two Townhouses.
  5. Landscape your three Townhouses.
  6. Buy two more empty lots if they are up for sale.
  7. Upgrade the Colonial to three stars.
  8. Build a second Colonial.
  9. Upgrade the second Colonial to two stars.
  10. Build two Landmarks.

Tennessee Avenue - Goals: 1 Garden Center, 2 three-star Townhouses, 2 landscaped Victorians, +50 appeal.
  1. Demolish the Cottage.
  2. Paint your other three houses.
  3. Sell the Colonial.
  4. Draft the Victorian blueprint.
  5. Build and paint three Victorians.
  6. Sell one Victorian.
  7. Train three workers.
  8. Build a Garden Center as shown on the screenshot below.
  9. Buy empty lots whenever possible.
  10. Upgrade your Townhouses to three stars.
  11. Buy the two rundown Colonials if possible, restore and paint them.
  12. Landscape your Townhouses and Victorians.
  13. Buy and demolish the Cottage beside your Garden Center.
       

New York Avenue - Goals: 1 Sawmill, 1 Workshop, 5 painted Victorians, $45,000 rental income.
  1. Sell your Victorian and your Colonial.
  2. Build a Workshop.
  3. Train four workers.
  4. Draft the Sawmill blueprint.
  5. Build a Sawmill.
  6. Buy and demolish the rundown Cottage.
  7. Buy two empty lots
  8. Train three workers.
  9. Build five Victorians.
  10. Paint your Victorians.
  11. Upgrade three Victorians to two stars, and two Victorians to one star.

Kentucky Avenue - Goals: 1 Park Space, own 4 Chalets painted red, 3 three-star Victorians, $300,000 cash.
  1. Demolish three houses.
  2. Build two Victorians.
  3. Sell a Victorian.
  4. Draft the Chalet blueprint.
  5. Build three more Victorians.
  6. Buy the rundown Townhouse when it is up for sale and demolish it.
  7. Buy one empty lot.
  8. Upgrade three of your Victorians to three stars.
  9. Train three workers.
  10. Sell the Victorian which you did not upgrade.
  11. Train two workers.
  12. Build four Chalets and paint them red.
  13. Build a Park Space.

Indiana Avenue - Goals: 3 three-star Chalets, 4 landscaped Townhouses, own 2 Landmarks, +80 appeal.
  1. Build one more Townhouse.
  2. Build a Garden Center.
  3. Landscape your Townhouses.
  4. Build a Victorian.
  5. Landscape and paint the Victorian, then sell it.
  6. Demolish the Garden Center.
  7. Buy empty lots whenever possible.
  8. Train three workers.
  9. Build three Chalets.
  10. Train one worker.
  11. Upgrade the Chalets with three stars.
  12. Build two Landmarks.
  13. The Cinema should be located near one house.
  14. The Park Space should be located between two houses.
  15. Paint your four townhouses.
       

Illinois Avenue - Goals: 1 CC & Chance Office, inspect 4 Houses, own 2 Inns, own 4 landscaped Houses.
  1. Sell your Victorian.
  2. Build a Workshop.
  3. Train three workers.
  4. Build a Garden Center.
  5. Buy all three empty lots.
  6. Build four Victorians.
  7. Landscape the four Victorians.
  8. Inspect the four Victorians.
  9. Demolish Garden Center and Workshop.
  10. Buy and demolish a Townhouse.
  11. Build two Inns.
  12. Draft the CC & Chance Office blueprint.
  13. Build one CC & Chance Office.

B&O Railroad - Goals: 1 Train Station, restore 4 rundown Houses, buy 3 Houses, $650,000 cash.
  1. Restore your two rundown houses.
  2. Sell one Victorian.
  3. Buy and restore three rundown houses during this level.
  4. Sell the Colonial.
  5. Train three workers.
  6. Build and sell a Victorian.
  7. Buy one empty lot.
  8. Build a Train Station.
  9. Sell two more Houses.

Atlantic Avenue - Goals: Own 2 three-star Haciendas, own 1 painted Chalet, own 3 landscaped Victorians, $100,000 rental income.
  1. Restore a Victorian.
  2. Sell a Victorian.
  3. Draft the Hacienda blueprint.
  4. Train three workers.
  5. Build and sell a Hacienda.
  6. Build a Garden Center.
  7. Buy empty lots whenever possible.
  8. Buy the rundown Colonial and demolish it.
  9. Train two workers.
  10. Build two more Victorians.
  11. Landscape the three Victorians.
  12. Demolish the Garden Center.
  13. Build two Haciendas.
  14. Upgrade the Haciendas to three stars.
  15. Build a Chalet and paint it.
  16. Build another Hacienda.

Ventnor Avenue - Goals: 1 Service Station, 1 Jazz Venue, own 3 Chalets, own 4 landscaped Haciendas.
  1. Demolish the Townhouse.
  2. Sell the Haciendas.
  3. Build all the empty lots if possible.
  4. Train three workers.
  5. Build four Haciendas.
  6. Build a Garden Center.
  7. Landscape your four Haciendas.
  8. Demolish the Garden Center.
  9. Build another Hacienda and sell it.
  10. Train six workers.
  11. Build three Chalets.
  12. Draft the Service Station blueprint.
  13. Draft the Jazz Venue blueprint.
  14. Train three workers.
  15. Build a Jazz Venue.
  16. Build a Service Station.

Marvin Gardens - Goals: 1 CC & Chance Office, own 10 painted Houses, $200,000 rental income, own 2 three-star Inns.
  1. All in all you will need 11 lots to finish this level, because if you paint the Inns they are considered as houses, too.
  2. Demolish all the houses right in the beginning.
  3. Train three workers.
  4. Build and sell a Hacienda.
  5. Buy the empty lot and the rundown Cottage as soon as possible.
  6. Demolish the rundown Cottage when it is in your possession.
  7. Train three workers.
  8. Build eight Haciendas, upgrade them to three stars and paint them.
  9. Keep training workers and ordering materials when your balance allows it to work on as many tasks as possible simultaneously.
  10. Build two Inns, upgrade them to three stars and paint them.
  11. Build a CC & Chance Office.

Pacific Avenue - Goals: Own 1 Mr. Monopoly Statue, 1 Garden Center, +90 appeal, $750,000 in cash.
  1. Build a Garden Center as shown in the screenshot below.
  2. Paint and landscape your Victorians, then sell them.
  3. Train three workers.
  4. Buy empty lots whenever possible.
  5. You also have to buy the three rundown houses in the course of the level.
  6. Train six workers.
  7. Build two Haciendas with an empty lot in between them.
  8. Paint and landscape those Haciendas, then sell them.
  9. Draft the Mr. Monopoly Statue blueprint.
  10. Build a Mr. Monopoly Statue between the two Haciendas you just sold.
  11. When you have bought the rundown Victorian, restore it, paint and landscape it, then sell it.
  12. Just demolish the two rundown Cottages after you have acquired them.
       

North Carolina Avenue - Goals: Own 2 painted Chateaus, own 1 Service Station, own 5 three-star Haciendas, $1,000,000 in cash.
  1. Sell one of your Haciendas.
  2. Train three workers.
  3. Draft the Chateau blueprint.
  4. Train three workers.
  5. Build a Chateau and sell it.
  6. Train six workers.
  7. Buy the two empty lots if possible.
  8. Build two more Chateaus.
  9. Build three Haciendas.
  10. Upgrade your five Haciendas with three stars.
  11. Paint your Chateaus.
  12. Build a Service Station.
  13. Build another Chateau and sell it.

Pennsylvania Avenue - Goals: Own 1 painted Grand Hotel, inspect 10 Houses, employ 25 workers.
  1. Sell the Hacienda and build a workshop.
  2. Train six workers.
  3. Buy a Cottage and draft the blueprints of the Grand Hotel.
  4. Build and paint a Grand Hotel.
  5. Buy the two empty lots when they are up for sale.
  6. Buy a Colonial when it is up for sale.
  7. Build four houses (three Victorians and one Colonial) on the free lots in your possession.
  8. Inspect nine houses.
  9. Buy another Colonial when you have gathered enough money with a low ball offer.
  10. Inspect the Colonial.
  11. Train 14 workers.

Short Line Railroad - Goals: Own 2 Train Stations, Own 10 landscaped Houses, Own 3 Landmarks, +100 neighborhood appeal.
  1. Restore your three houses.
  2. Sell the Hacienda.
  3. Train three workers and build a Garden Center.
  4. Buy each empty lot which is up for sale.
  5. Build Victorians, Cottages and Colonials on the empty lots.
  6. Buy houses when you have enough money until 10 houses are in your possession.
  7. Landscape your houses and demolish the Garden Center.
  8. Build two Train Stations far enough away from your Houses as depicted on the screenshot below.
  9. Construct three landmarks, namely a Park Space, a Cinema and a Jazz Venue, all of them between two Houses.
       

Park Place - Goals: 3 painted Chalets, 5 landscaped Victorians, 300,000 rent, 2 three-star Chateaus
  1. Train three workers and build a Chateau.
  2. Sell the Chateau.
  3. Restore the Victorian and demolish the Colonial.
  4. Train three workers.
  5. Buy all the five empty lots as soon as they are up for sale.
  6. Build a Victorian.
  7. Train three more workers.
  8. Build two more Victorians.
  9. Build a Chateau.
  10. Train three workers.
  11. Build a Garden Center.
  12. Build a second Chateau.
  13. Landscape your five Victorians.
  14. Train three more workers.
  15. Buy and demolish a Cottage.
  16. Build three Chalets and paint them.
  17. Upgrade your Chateaus to three stars.
  18. Demolish the Garden Center.
  19. Build a third Chateau and upgrade it to three stars.
  20. Upgrade two Chalets to three stars and one Chalet to two stars.

Boardwalk (1) - Goals: 3 Grand Hotels, 5 three-star Victorians, 2 painted Haciendas, 5 landscaped Chateaus. 
  1. Sell one Hacienda.
  2. Demolish both Colonials.
  3. Train three workers.
  4. Paint your Hacienda.
  5. Train three workers.
  6. Build and sell a Chateau.
  7. Buy and demolish a Cottage.
  8. Train three workers.
  9. Build a Chateau.
  10. Build a Garden Center.
  11. Buy and demolish another Cottage.
  12. Buy a Victorian.
  13. Train four workers.
  14. Build four more Chateaus.
  15. Buy and demolish a Townhouse.
  16. Landscape your five Chateaus.
  17. Demolish your Garden Center.
  18. Build and paint a second Hacienda.
  19. Buy and demolish a Colonial.
  20. Buy and demolish a Cottage.
  21. Build four more Victorians.
  22. Upgrade your five Victorians to three stars.
  23. Buy and demolish the last Colonial in this neighborhood.
  24. Buy and demolish a Hacienda.
  25. Train four workers.
  26. Build three Grand Hotels.

Boardwalk (2) - Goals: 2 landmarks, +150 appeal, $5,000,000 cash
  1. Train three workers.
  2. Demolish a Victorian.
  3. Restore one Hacienda.
  4. Buy all empty lots as soon as they are up for sale (all in all four).
  5. Sell the restored Hacienda.
  6. Restore your second Hacienda.
  7. Demolish the other Victorian.
  8. Paint the Hacienda and sell it.
  9. Train another worker.
  10. Build and paint a Chateau.
  11. Buy and demolish a Cottage.
  12. Train three workers.
  13. Buy and demolish a Colonial.
  14. Train three workers.
  15. Build a Mr. Monopoly Statue between two Houses.
  16. Sell the Chateau.
  17. Buy and demolish another Colonial.
  18. Build and paint another Chateau.
  19. Buy a damaged Victorian, restore it, and paint it.
  20. Buy and demolish a damaged Townhouse.
  21. Train three workers.
  22. Build and paint a Chateau.
  23. Buy, restore and paint a damaged Hacienda.
  24. Sell a Chateau.
  25. Build and paint a Chateau.
  26. Build a Jazz Venue between two buildings.
  27. Sell a Victorian.
  28. Sell two Chateaus.
  29. Build and paint another Chateau.
  30. Build and paint a Cottage.
  31. Build and paint a Townhouse.

Casual mode:
  • In fact, the casual mode contains one very long level for each of the ten different neighborhoods, beginning with Baltic Avenue, and ending with Boardwalk. In each level you have to gather a certain amount of money and reach a specific appeal for the neighborhood. To unlock the next neighborhood in casual mode, you have to beat the previous level at first. Since you start with only one blueprint, a few materials, workers, and not much money, these levels are long-time projects.

Trophies:
  • In the course of the game you will earn trophies for:
  1. earning $1,000,000.
  2. earning $10,000,000.
  3. completing the game.
  4. completing the first neighborhood.
  5. earning the first gold ribbon.

Congratulations, you have finished the game.

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