(CNN)Winning is for capitalists. At least that's the message behind a parody of Monopoly that surfaced this week after a Twitter thread on the game spread widely.
In Monopoly Socialism, an official version of the game manufactured by the toy company Hasbro, players move around the board contributing to community projects "unless they can steal projects to get ahead," according to the product's description.
When players pass go, they get a $50 "living wage" as opposed to the usual $200, and the tokens are all dated artifacts like a typewriter, a phonograph, a pocket watch, an old-fashioned telephone and an old-style TV set.
"Get ready for laughs as the twists and turns of life put a damper on working toward a shared, utopian society," the description for Monopoly Socialism reads. "Cooperation isn't always what it's cracked up to be."
But depending on where you are on the political spectrum, the tone of the game is either condescending or tongue-in-cheek. It sparked debate this week when a Twitter thread highlighting the version went viral.
The game pokes fun at the idea of working together, presenting it as ultimately incompatible with the selfish motivations of some players. Players are offered a series of choices that seem to highlight the potential for others to defect from "socialism." They can either contribute to the community fund, or choose to deplete it. They can consider the best interest of the group, or do what is in their individual interest.
"Working together might seem ideal, but Chance Cards can abruptly shake things up with things such as lousy neighbors, vegan meatloaf and bad plumbing," the description states.
It's unclear how vegan meatloaf is a disruption to the social order, but it's one of many references to veganism and health food in the game that seem to echo how the internet often loves to make fun of and/or hate on those things.
"Everyone loves the tofu-chip cookies you made in honor of Karl Marx's birthday," reads one of the cards. Another card mentions the "homemade granola you brought for lunch."
A historian says the game gets socialism wrong
"It goes without saying that this game is entirely uninterested in trying to understand what socialism actually is and how it might function," Nick Kapur, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University, wrote in the viral Twitter thread.
Kapur told CNN he bought the game at a Target in Philadelphia on Wednesday. At first, he thought the game was "pro-socialism," and found it strange that Hasbro would make a game that seemed to take a political stance. When he looked at it more closely, Kapur said the game seemed "anti-socialist," which he said felt "equally odd."
Kapur said he doesn't describe himself as a socialist, though he said his politics are left of center. But as someone who studies the 1960s and student protest movements, he said the game misunderstands the theory.
"Obviously, there are critiques of socialism and people can say maybe the market is better at delivering certain types of services than the government," Kapur said. "But this game didn't seem to be talking in those terms at all, it just seemed to be saying that 'Socialism is bad, it makes you poor, you gotta give your money away constantly.'"
Hasbro has not responded to multiple requests for comment.