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~Pass Those Pigs~
Pass the Pigs
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Pass the Pigs
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==Pass the Pigs by Winning Moves==
Jack is of the age now where playing games with him is really fun and of course this is bringing back some of my own childhood memories and games such as this one. This Pass the Pigs is the one that mum had saved and it is such a good condition that it is quite clear I didn't play with it enough as a child so because of this we are defiantly making up for it now.
Pass the Pigs is a game which has been around for a fair few years and although not a complete classic such as Connect Four or Guess Who it is still a great game which is standing the test of time pretty well. Like I say this one we have is from my childhood and I seem to recall I received it as a Christmas present so have no idea how much was paid for it. However you can pick this game up brand new for under £10 and the fact that it is small and compact make it a great game for taking out and about with you and to give to someone as a gift for a stocking filler or the like.
The game itself was actually a little more complicated than I remembered it being (maybe this is why I hadn't played it too much and the scoring pad was pretty much in tacked). Although the age recommendation for this game is for those aged 7 and over, Jack who is 4 (going on 14) did pick it up very quickly and is now a confident player who can beat me with relative ease. Of course this game really is more to do with luck than anything else.
The game is basically a dice game although the dice are not your typical run of the mill dice but instead are small pink pigs which look fairly realistic and seem as though they should be in some play farmyard set. The two pigs are thrown together to generate the score and the youngest of all the players is to take their turn first.
On their turn they can throw the pigs as many times as they like to generate a high score but if they throw a particular combination (the two pigs on laying on opposite sides) then their score reverts to zero and their turn is then over. The trick is to be able to throw the pigs a good number of times and land yourself high scoring positions of the pigs and stick on a high score rather than get greedy and keep throwing them so that your score builds up and up but then gets dashed away as you throw the loosing combination.
Once you have the hang of the game and the different scoring positions of the pigs it really is very simple and easy to add up the score as you throw. The creators of the game have made some really good names for the scoring positions and the best position which has the highest generating score is a "Double Jowler" whereby both pigs land on their cheeks and ears (very hard to do) and this can quite often be mistaken for the lesser score "Snouter" position where the pigs are rolled and land on their snouts.
The game itself really is rather clever and great fun to play. The set includes a little case where the two pigs fit neatly into a carved out space for them and under this is a little scoring pad that enables up to 5 players at anyone time. The pad is thick and will last a good amount of time for any game player but of course spare ones can be bought or any regular pad used along side the game.
So all in all I have to say that this is a great game and one for the whole family to play and to enjoying playing. The rules are relatively simple and the little instruction booklet that comes with the game is very easy to understand and has clear pictures to illustrate the rules. I think nothing but a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation will do for this fabulous little game!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Summary: a fab family game