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Half-hour version of Monopoly launched for children

Monopoly Empire has been launched for children. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

The makers of Monopoly have launched a new children's version of the game which can be completed in just 30 minutes.

Monopoly Empire, billed for children over eight-years-old, works using a first-past-the-post system where one player is declared the winner when they have a certain number of assets.

Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of marketing at Hasbro, said: “Parents and children tell us they want a quick in-and-out, frictionless gaming experience.”

“That’s the snackable component."

Monopoly replaces iron playing piece with cat

A life-size version of the new cat token appeared on NBC's Today Show today. Credit: Instagram / TodayShow

Monopoly fans have voted to replace the iron token with a new cat figure.

The iron narrowly lost out to the wheelbarrow and the shoe, which were saved in an online poll.

Hasbro, the game's manufacturer, said fans from more than 120 countries voted in the contest.