Rockford man creates 'Covidopoly' and it's gaining traction quickly

Published: May. 18, 2020 at 9:11 AM CDT
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Most people are stuck at home during this pandemic and this is when people's creative juices begin to get flowing. One Rockford computer designer took his talent to create a free online parody of 'Monopoly' just in time for the COVID-19 crisis.

In ‘Covidopoly,’ players an acquire properties such as ‘Wuhan Market’ and ‘Big Cat Rescue.’ The game even incorporates items like masks. Users can share their game code with anyone, making it a perfect social distancing game.

Computer designer Benji Bear is the mastermind behind the game saying it started as a personal project but it became something much more.

"I had never thought that I'd be a game developer in this kind of way, but it's been a pleasant surprise," said Bear. "They associate now, with hanging out with their friends over a Zoom chat or a Google Hangout with Covidopoly. I think it's been cool being able to make their experience better during quarantine."

His co-worker at YouTube, Andrew Savage, has been an integral part in adding new features to the game.

"I enjoy working on such a quickly growing project and hope my contributions can continue to make the game more enjoyable," Savage added.

More than 95,000 games have been played so far. If you're up for the challenge and want to join the fun,