When I was a kid, Pogs were all the rage, and I am quite happy to find they are still going, although they are no where near going as strong as they were in the 1990's. Me and all my friends were mad on pogs, and my nan still has a massive collection in her house from when we were all younger, the younger grandkids still play with them now!
Pogs are basically small, circles made from thick card and they all had some awesome patterns, pictures and designs printed on them. There was literally hundreds of designs, and it was great fun seeing how many different ones you could get. The pogs are accompined by Slammers, which are used to play the Pogs game (more on that in a minute!) These were generally made from thick plastic, and more often then not had a shiny graphic on the top of it. These were much thicker than the pogs themselves.
The basic way to play pogs ( at least how me and my friends played) is to place a stack of pogs, all face up, on the floor or table (a sturdy surface is required) and then each player (between 2 - 4 is best I find) takes turns at throwing their slammer down the edge of the pile, to try and flip the pogs. Each pog that was flipped was then taken by the flipper, and the winner determined by the one who has the most pogs when the stack is gone. Sometimes me and my friends would play for "keeps" where you would get to keep the pogs you won, and usually all the players chipped in an equal amount of their own pogs. When not playing for keeps, we used to just use a stack of pogs from one player, to avoid them getting mixed up with each others.
I used to love playing pogs, and I think it is great fun for kids to play, and they are still available in some places now, like small toy stores and toys R us, and I am sure there must be some on Ebay somewhere. These are a great way to keep the kids entertained for hours, although it can also cause many a row between the kids! I totally recommend these, for kids to play with and adults to reminisce over! The game sounds simple to play, and it is - yet it provides great entertainment, and sometimes can be such a frustrating game, especially when you get beaten by your 10 year old cousin!
If you can find some pogs and slammers, I recommend that you buy them for your kids, or heck even for yourself.
Wow Pogs is such a blast from the past. They took the playgrounds of Britain by storm from the 1990s onwards and every child and their circle of friends loved them. The Pogs were traded and played with and seemed to go off with their owners to school daily.
I have no idea what it was that made Pogs go off the boil, but I do know we still have a few of these in their long cylindrical containers lurking in the house as we played them only recently. Cracking them out of their red and green plastic holding tubes and taking a look at them for the first time in ages was a real step back in time.
My first action when opening the tube was to admire the contents with their variety of designs. I thought to myself 'wow aren't the Kinis so cool looking!' and I looked at them with fresh yet keen eyes. To those who are not Pog Slammers fans or just didn't get around to building up a large set to play and trade with I will explains the term 'Kini' briefly.
These Kinis are just another name for the slammer that is used in the Pogs game to slam down onto the pile of Pogs in play. Kinis are made of a heavier plastic material then the Pogs themselves.
Kinis come in some great circular based designs, but all those we have are based on a matt black plastic Kini, that then has a funky design on top of that. The designs are in a rainbow of metallic foil effect colours. Some are just one colour and others are a multitude of shades. All have differing designs which can vary from skulls, smiley faces, stars, plus Pog text and artwork designs etc.
Your Pogs are the lighter thinner circular playing chips, that you use to stack and win. They too come in some lovely designs and are well collected.
To play Pogs, you need to decide who is playing first. Any number of friends can play, but the earlier players get a better chance at slamming and wining some Pogs and the later players tend to draw the short straw, with not many Pogs left on the pile for them. You can buy Pog games mats but we just play them on the table or on the floor.
A very important factor is to decide if you are playing for keeps or not. Honestly the amount of times we have had to negotiate back a much loved and prized Pog or Kini from another child, persuading them and their parent that the game was just a 'friendly match' and not a 'for keeps match'. So its best to lay it on the line as to whether you want to play a certain way or not at the outset. I find that this way it can avoid upsets amongst the children playing and keep the game running in a friendly way for longer.
The object of the game is to build a tower of Pogs, leaning or otherwise. Decide who will play first by either flipping a Kini and asking 'Heads or Tails'. Or by the more complicated 'Ip Dip Do' or 'One Potato' method, both of which are very long winded and almost always end in one or more child saying its not fair! I would go for the first way ever time as it saves any arguments.
To build your stack its best to use at least 12 to 14 Pogs, (each player submits an equal number of Pogs to the stack) which can either be faced up or down. If you want to protect the design on your Pog from harm, then stack them face down. This will stop any chips or damage from a flying Kini as it slams its way onto the pile. The first player slams his Kini onto the stack and any Pogs landing face up become theirs. The rest go back onto the pile and the next payer takes their turn and so on till there are no Pogs on the stack and all the Pogs have been won!
At the end of the game the lucky person with the most number of Pogs has probably won. Unless some one complains bitterly at the outcome, walks off in a strop because its the 10th game they have lost in a row and declares all out war on their previous best friend, or other similar force major is mentioned.
I find that situations like these are part and parcel of the game of Pogs and to be expected with a group of over zealous and excited Pog smitten children. The boys always seemed to be the worst sports when it came to losing the games too. Still lost of fun was had with the game and the collecting and winning of Pogs is a simple but clever idea.
I know that at times we used the Pogs to play 'Pog Snap' too. As we had many of the same Pogs, with the same design on them. Pog Snap was a game we made up to play and involved making a stack of Pogs and laying them face up, one at a time on top of each other.
If two Pogs of the same design were laid on top of each other and you yelled snap (which the children did very enthusiastically) then you won the pile. If the pile got so big that you toppled it when laying on your Pog then you were out of the next game, till just two players remained in a final type game.
I do wonder if Pogs will make a playground comeback as these things seem to go in cycles. But even if they don't come back to the fore as they once were, I think they are a great little game thats easy to play and understand. Children are able to mix with each other and interact during the game and can also spend time happily adding to their stash of Pogs.
Rating Pogs as a 5 star game, simple and engaging its a good little game.
Seeing this product on this site brought back great memories for me, as I'm sure it does for many 1990's children/teens.
Pogs and Kini's can be defined as a playground or a table top game, where a player has the circular disks, and play against each other to win one anothers, providing their competitive edge. Kini's were used to hit the pogs to try and turn them over by slamming them into a neatly stacked pile of pogs. If you turned any amount, those disks were then yours. If any were left, then the next player would then play their shot. They tended to come in sets, and some used to look better than others, and so some kids would offer 5 pogs in the pile for one good one. Oh the memories!
Back in the peak of it's popularity in 1997-99, every kid had some of these disks, and it used to create a good atmosphere among us kids, who used to show off about our latest holographic pogs. You also used to get pogs in crisp packets, with pokemon ones being very popular, and everyone used to huddle round as you saw which disk someone else got.
Will this game make a comeback? Well it definitely should, being very low in actual value, it doesn't cost the parent as much money as a new computer game. However, with the rise of technology these days, it could very well be the end of games like this in the playground. I for one shall miss it.
"POG" is the name of a table top game where "Kinis" and "POGs" were used to play it. The game saw much of its popularity with school children in the 1990s but, like most fads, faded out of existence after being overplayed. I can't quite remember what brought POG out of popularity in my school, but I believe it was the long winded Pokemon trading card series. Nonetheless it's very unfortunate as the game is one which I remember greatly enjoying.
The precise origin of this game is unknown but many attribute its brief resurgence in the 90s to the "POG" brand of bottled juices. Each juice featured a blend of passionfruits, oranges and guavas and included a milk cap which was used to play the game. The Canada Games Company took note of this concept and the game was mass produced for wide distribution and sale under the same name. It wasn't long before the POG line of milk caps were seen in many stores. Savvy shop owners also introduced their own counterfeit items at a much lower cost than the official brand. At the height of its appeal I was still quite young and shamelessly bought the unofficial releases due to their lower cost, higher quantity and near identical images.
The two components required to play this game are the "POG" and "Kini". The POG is a flat, circular disc presented by a player prior to the game's start. Each POG features an image on the front and a blank backing. Several common images were produced, such as a skull and crossbones and a range commemorating the game's official mascot unimaginatively named "POGman", but many children's television shows also opted to place their images on the POG. It wasn't uncommon for me to come across POG milk caps featuring Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Batman and Looney Tunes. The availability of such a wide variety of images is perhaps what drew me to the game the most. The seemingly endless supply of something different created a strong social network within my school and we all gathered at break time to play and exchange what we had amongst ourselves.
The "Kini" is the second component of the game. This is a disc which is very similar to the POG but is much heavier and is often referred to as the "slammer". The name "Kini" was taken from an official line of POG brand caps and often featured the same images on both sides. The game itself is played by any number of players each presenting an equal amount of POG milk caps and placing them face down in a stack. Players then take turns to throw their slammer with force at the stack which creates a whirlwind of images around the playing area. Any images which are flipped over to be face up are awarded to the player using the slammer that turn. Any POG caps which remain face down are stacked once more and the next player has a turn to use his or her slammer. At the end of the game, the player who was awarded the higher number of POGs wins. An alternate rule which my friends and I used at the time was any face up POG caps became the property of the player that turn rather than the overall winner gaining the lot.
The game is very simple in execution and directly appealed to a much younger market. POG has since disappeared from shop shelves and I have never again come across another package of assorted milk caps. During the peak of their popularity, I was able to pick up three packages for a pound at my local corner shop which I believe equaled a total of thirty POG milk caps and three slammers. Now I believe they are only available through private sale amongst collectors. I'd love to see this "come back" per say but due to its very simple technology and playing rules I don't feel it would appeal to the kids nowadays.
If you're like me and you loved trading cards and stickers for all sorts of albums then this was a great new item to swap with your friends. The actual game pogs was a popular game in the 90's and the name pog derives from the discs used to play the game.
I remember winning lots of these in school and then they banned it as kids were complaining about losing their pogs to other kids at school. They also stated that it was a form of gambling which is rubbish! I suppose I can see that they may have been a distraction in class time but they were a great game to play when it rained and you have naff all to do.
The name POG came from the brand of juice and the game of pogs is said to of originated from Hawaii in the 1920's. Menko which is a Japanese version of pogs has been around since the 17th century so pogs isn't a new game really.
Religious groups also released their own pogs which I did not see but can see why to make their religion more popular as pogs were such a big hit all over the world.
The military uses pog like coins which soldiers can exchange them at different army stores.
My favourite pog sets
The most favourite set which I owned was the Ric Flair set and the gargoyles set. I owned thousands of pogs and won hundreds too. I also remember having kinis and mighty morphin power ranger sets which was nothing to shout about and often ended up in my sister's bedroom as they were not manly enough to swap.
Firstly two players compete and each put the same amount of pogs into the mix. Each player than throws a pog and hopes that it lands face side up. Obviously there are types of pogs which flip that theory and states that if you get a poison pog then all pogs facing up will not be allowed to be collected by that player. It was really easy to understand as a kid but now it just confuses me.
When no pogs remain the player with the most pogs wins the game.
You can buy a 102 piece set on Amazon for around $7 which is very cheap. There are so many different pogs and probably impossible to collect every type ever made.
- Cheap price online
- Great fun for kids of all ages
- Could cause arguments if you are playing for keeps
- Lots of different sets to collect
My Rating: 4/5