Switch Monopoly AI Refuses To Lose

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Screenshot: Ubisoft (Monopoly for Nintendo Switch)

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being about to win a video game and then having your opponent disconnect to deny your proper victory. It’s been going on in games for so long that we even have a special name for it: rage quitting. As humans, our emotions can get the better of us, but computers are supposed to be above all that. Apparently the Switch Monopoly AI didn’t get the memo.


One player, who goes by NickFromIRL, recently took to Reddit to recount an epic Monopoly comeback he mounted against a computer player that has yet to be resolved. Instead of losing graciously, “David,” an AI on the verge of going bankrupt, keeps cycling between its properties and the board without actually making its next move. With only $201 left and a string of hotels on Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois Avenue, the end was clearly near for the virtual opponent. Nick posted a video of the computer refusing to lose on YouTube:

Monopoly for Nintendo Switch had its fair share of problems at launch, and although some of them were fixed, the game can still be quite wonky at parts. Nick suspects a bug has kept “David” stuck in an infinite loop. Nick almost lost the game earlier on, according to his post, but after spending a few turns in jail he managed to slowly rebuild his assets.

“Finally I have enough power to replace houses with hotels and spread more houses to cheaper areas, he’s [David] destroyed,” writes Nick. “He mortgages everything except for those two pretty little blue spots he’s just hoping will get him back in the game... and then... He realizes the oldest trick for an AI in the book.” That Nick came so close to actually finishing a game of Monopoly, something only a select group of tortured souls on this Earth have done, only for the AI to break down makes it all the more tragic. It just reinforces the idea that the only way to win at Monopoly is to never play in the first place.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com


What amazes me is that in 2018 someone would actually pay money to play a videogame version of Monopoly.

If one were determined to play Monopoly solo (Why???) one could easily just play with a monopoly board and some basic rules for the “AI player”. After the AI player roles, if it lands on a property it can afford to buy or upgrade it buys or upgrades. If not, move on. There’s so little player choice in Monopoly that you’ll basically get the whole experience solo.