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Pig Goes Pop is a childrens game that my daughter had seen advertised on television last year and put it on her Christmas list. The game is made by Drumond Park, is suitable for 2-6 players and the age recommendation is 4+ years. The game is not suitable for children under 3 years due to small parts.
===Inside The Box===
The game comes inside quite a large sized cardboard box with a bright cartoon picture of the game on the front (and a small photo of the real game in the corner). Instructions are printed on the back of the box. The game can be stored inside the box.
The contents of the box consists of a large plastic pig (dressed up as a chef), 16 coloured plastic burgers (4 green, 4 yellow, 4 red and 4 purple) and a dice.
The game is quick and easy to set up. I appreciate it when kids games are quick and easy to set up as it stops my daughter from getting bored and distracted (plus it also enables her to set them up by herself when she wants to).
Each time you want to start a new game you need to twist the pigs tail to the left to deflate the air in his belly! His arms must be pushed down and his jacket needs to be closed. If you're restarting the game you need to retrieve the burgers from inside the pig. There is a hatch just above the pigs tail where you can tip the burgers out. You need to place the coloured burgers on to a playing surface. Each burger has a number from 1 to 4 printed on it (you should place the burgers number down).
===How To Play===
Each player takes individual turns at rolling the dice. If the dice rolls on a colour, then you choose any burger of that colour and read the number. You then need to place the burger in to the pigs mouth and press down on the pigs head the same number of times as stated on your burger. If the dice rolls on multi-colour, then you can choose any burger that you want. If the dice rolls on the X, then you miss a turn. The pigs belly pumps up every time his head is pushed down (not how many burgers he is fed, as my daughter first thought). The player who loses the game is the player that makes the pig go 'pop'. When the pig pops he throws his hands up and his jacket pops open.
I have mixed feelings about this game. My daughter does seem to enjoy playing it but it wasn't what she (or I) expected. The advert and the box make it look a lot more exciting than it actually is. Toys and games are usually exaggerated for advertising purposes but I think this game is particularly over-exaggerated. We thought the pigs belly was like a balloon that would go off with a big dramatic BANG but in reality the pop doesn't go bang (or even pop). It should really be called 'Pig Goes Click!'. The belly does get bigger as you pump the pig up but it's very minor and you can't really see it expanding. Another couple of issues we have is that my daughter (who is 6 years old) finds the pigs head quite hard to push down and we've also had a few issues with the buckle on the belt of the pigs jacket. We usually take the buckle off the jacket now as the jacket seems to refuse to open with the buckle attached.
On the upside it is quite a fun game for little ones. Despite not being as exciting as we'd hoped, it still has an element of suspense (Eek, who is going to make the pig go pop!?) and my daughter finds it very funny when the jacket pops open and the silly looking pig throws his arms up. The running time of the game is quite good, each game usually lasts us around 4-5 minutes and my daughter doesn't usually get bored or distracted in this time. The rules of the game are relatively simple and I'm certain it's a game that would be easy enough for all children to grasp. Another good point is that the game includes numbers and encourages counting (reading the numbers from the burgers, remembering the numbers, counting the number of times you push the pigs head), I therefore believe the game has genuine educational benefits. The game doesn't require batteries either.
Pig Goes Pop is widely available at toy stores, supermarkets, online retailers etc. It generally costs around the £20.00 mark which I think is incredibly overpriced, especially considering the game isn't half as exciting as we had anticipated. I think around £10.00 would have been much more realistic.
Overall I would say this is an 'okay' game. My daughter was really excited to receive and play this game for Christmas and you could instantly tell that she was a bit disappointed the first time we played it. She doesn't appear to play with this game quite as much as many of her other games but when we do play it, she does really enjoy it! I would recommend this game as long as you know what you're REALLY getting (not what the manufacturer wants you to think you're getting) and if you can find it at a cheap price.
== Introduction ==
For Lily-May's Christmas I decided to build up her games cupboard, she already had snakes and ladders and a Toy Story card game, and I wanted to get her a couple of more games that we could play together. The first game I purchased was Connect Four, and Lily-May had seen a few adverts for games like Doggie Doo, and wanted that, but I had seen bad reviews about it so decided to look for an alternative. When browsing the amazon website I came across this game, and then I saw the advert for it and it looked quite good, so I bookmarked it until I had the spare money to buy it. When it came to buying this game from Amazon it had gone up in price to £22.00, so I found it on Toys R Us website for £10.67 and collected it instore.
== What is it? ==
Pig Goes Pop is a game for two - six players aged 4+, and is made by a company called Drummond Park. The object of the game is to feed the pig burgers and whoever feeds the pig the burger that causes his stomach to explode, loses the game.
The game consists of one large plastic pig, dressed in a chefs outfit, four red, four, yellow, four green and four purple coloured burgers, and one die with coloured sides. There are only four coloured burgers, so on the other two sides of the die are a miss a turn side, and a pick any coloured burger side.
To play the game the player rolls the die and picks the corresponding burger to the colour the die lands on. On the underside of the burger there are numbers ranging from 1 - 4, so a player then looks at the number, pops the burger in the pigs mouth and pumps the pigs head up the corresponding number of times, then another player takes a turn, and so on. Lily-May needed a little help pumping the pigs head, and sometimes you feel that you haven't actually pumped it enough at all. Eventually the pig will have had enough burgers and his stomach will pop open, when that happens the game is over, so depending on the number of players you could have 1-5 winners, which seems odd, so you are probably better off playing it with two people. To restart the game, you turn the pigs tail to expel any air out, remove the burgers from the back compartment on the pig, and clip his belt up.
The game doesn't come with instructions enclosed, these are written on the back of the box, and it is fairly easy to get the hang of them. There is no skill involved in this game, it is a simple game of luck and Lily-May soon got bored with it, she would rather play Connect Four or even her Toy Story card games that she got for her Christmas last year.
== Price ==
As I have mentioned earlier, this was originally £10.67, but went up to £22.00 on www.amazon.co.uk, it has now gone up to £28.99 from there, which is far too expensive for what it is. Toys R Us have this game for £9.99 on their website, it is probably a little bit more expensive in store, although if you reserve it online and take proof of their online price, you will be able to purchase it for the online price.
== Verdict ==
I was extremely disappointed in this game and Lily-May wasn't too impressed with it either. We have only played it a handful of times, before it was put back in the cupboard, and each time I've had to tell her that the pig has popped. On the television adverts it seemed that when the big popped it was like some big explosion, instead what happened was something similar to when you light a firework and it doesn't go off properly. It even says on the box "Feed the pig and watch him get bigger until...pop!", I didn't notice the pig get bigger at all. I wish I had read similar reviews on this product before buying this and I am glad I managed to get it for £10.67 instead of the £22.00 it went up to on www.amazon.co.uk, as I would have felt really ripped off. This was the game I was so excited about playing with Lily-May and it just didn't live up to its expectations, especially after rushing about at the last minute to ensure Lily-May got this game, so unfortunately I can only award this 2/5 stars.
I bought this game for my 2.5 year old for christmas. Then general idea is that you roll a coloured dice and pick a burger to match the colour. Then on the bottom of the burger is a number. You pump the pigs head the number of times stated. Eventually the pig has too many bugers and goes 'pop'.
My son seems to like this game and its easy for him to understand. He especially liked putting the burgers into the pigs mouth. He did have some trouble pumping the pigs head but he is below the target age. I likes the fact that this game is teaching him colours and numbers.
Now for the bad. When the pig goes 'pop' it is not very dramatic. His belly just pushes out slightly and my son did not really notice anything had happened.
Overall i think this game is great for children between 2-4 but children over this age would probably be bored.
WHAT IS IT?
A game where you feed a plastic pig hamburgers until he goes pop.
HOW DO YOU PLAY?
Roll the dice and pick a colour hamburger that the dice indicates. Each burger has got a number printed on it and when you pick it up and feed it to the pig you have to pump his chefs hat that many times. This makes the pigs rubbery tummy expand and after so many burgers and pumps it will go pop and his belt will fly open. It's only fun for the first few games and then it gets very boring, my daughters do not play with theirs very often and it is just stuck on a shelf.
WHAT I THINK
I liked playing Pig Goes Pop when my daughter first got the game but the fun wore off quickly for me and when that happened I started to dislike the game. My daughters would have been 4 and 6 when I bought this game and even they tired of it very quickly.
As well as the dice you get 16 small buyers so there's a lot of potential for small pieces to get lost. You can keep the burgers inside the pig but they always come out inside the box and that's when they're likely to get lost because the box isn't made very well and has gaps at the seams. I have played a game with my daughter today and we still have all of our burgers but that is only because my daughter put them all inside a small make up bag inside the box to keep them together.
The game works by how many pumps of the hat you do, that means it doesn't matter what colour burger you pick up because only the amount of pumps matters. My husband worked it out one night and now he won't play the game at all because he said there's no chance or skill to it, but the game is for 4 year olds so I think that is harsh.
WHAT MY DAUGHTERS THINK
Neither of my daughters have liked this game very much because they like games where they have got to think. My older daughter said she thinks it is boring because all you have to do is roll the dice, when she first got it she used to laugh at pumping the pigs hat but even that loses interest quickly. She always likes how the pig makes her jump when it goes pop but sometimes she doesn't even play just sits by us so she can see it when it happens.
When my daughters had a joint sleepover at the weekend they got all their favourite games out but not this one and it is never one they play with by themselves either. It cost £16 and has only been played with about 10 times.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
This game was purchased at a sale price for a christmas gift. Am I glad I didn't pay full price for it. The children played it once and now it has been put back in the box probably never to be played with again. Here are the reasons why I would not recommend it. First of all there are no sound effects. I think this would have made the game more fun if there was actually a popping sound as the pigs belt exploded or as you push down on the pigs hat it could have oinked. But nothing at all. Dont really know what relevance of the name is to the game. Why did the makers decide on a pig? The game is targeted at 4 years upwards for 2 to 6 players. My 3 year old nephew had more fun with it than my 5 year old. So maybe the age range should be reduced. On a plus side it is bright and colourful and did provide a few laughs. If your little one desperately wants this game Purchase it at a sale price if possible. Then you wont be too disappointed.
"Pig goes Pop!" was a totally left field addition to my daughter's Christmas list of 2010. We had never seen or heard of it but she insisted that she wanted it. Father Christmas being the misguided fool that he undoubtedly is, decided my daughter had been good enough to receive this totally random present.
Firstly, let's get the good things about the game out the way. It comes in a ruddy big box (which always impresses a young child), it requires no assembly and it is very sturdy with no bits to fall off. Perhaps it is best of all...no batteries! After spending what seemed like an eternity putting a variety of batteries into numerous devices, it was refreshing to take something out that just worked.
The aim of this game is simple. A huge and colourful plastic pig is dressed as a chef with a jacket buckled across his portly midriff. Each player takes turns to roll a coloured dice which decides which colour plastic burger you put in his mouth. Each burger has a number from 1-4 on it which tells the player how many times you press on his head inflating his stomach. The game continues until the belly inflates enough for his jacket to pop open in a similar vein to the buck in "Buckaroo". The player who does this is then out and the game continues until one player remains and is declared the winner. Players may also roll a X which misses their turn or a multi-coloured symbol which lets them pick any colour they like. However, it is actually beneficial to miss a turn so it seems a bit pointless to have it!
Clearly aimed at younger players, quick gameplay combined with the colourful burgers and a popping pig should have made this a winner. The colour recognition and numbers are subtle enough to provide education while being fun enough for kids not to notice. Unfortunately, the main selling point is were it all falls down...the pig doesn't ruddy well pop! Whole games can go buy with nothing happening as all the burgers vanish into the pig without a sign of popping. When it does pop it varies from a weak pfft of air to the jacket not opening at all. You can empty the air out by turning the pig's tail but no matter how many times we played, the pig steadfastly didn't pop or took such close examination to notice if it had actually happened, the excitement was all but gone.
Games such as "Buckaroo", "Perfection" and countless others all rely on the element of surprise and play it for nervous laughs. "Pig goes Pop" completely misses the point in what can only be described as a massive design flaw. The pig's stomach is supposed to visibly inflate but you can't tell the difference and this game has a very short shelf life as a result. Such a shame that such a fundamental design flaw ruins what is a very good idea. Even at the relatively cheap price of £16 at time of writing, it isn't worth the purchase.
Recommended for ages 4 and over.
Pig goes pop is manufactured by Drumond Park who are based in Ipswich.
It is a game for age 4+ and is suitable for 2 - 4 players.
The general idea for this game is to feed to pig without making him 'pop'.
1 plastic pig dressed as a chef
16 plastic burgers, four each of the following colours, purple, red, yellow and green.
1 special die.
This game requires no assembly, screwdrivers or batteries which is always a plus. In fact, once you've emptied the box you are ready to go!
Simply lay the burgers on the table with their colour side up meaning that the number side is facing down.
Then, twist the pig's tail a quarter turn to the left which lets out any air trapped in his tummy. Ensure that his arms are down by his side and that his belt is fastened. That really is it - you're ready to play.
The instructions suggest that the youngest player should start. This player must roll the die -
If they roll a single colour then they must pick a burger of that colour. Turn it over to reveal the number hidden on the bottom side then pop the burger into the pigs mouth. Depending on the number on the burger that was chosen, that is the amount of times that the player should push down on the pigs head. (Thus filling him with air).
Should the player roll the four-coloured side on the die, then they can choose the colour burger that they wish and play again as above.
If the player rolls the cross side of the die or if there are no burgers left of the colour that they have rolled then play moves forward to the next player.
Now, pushing down on the pigs head actually pumps him up until one unlucky player actually pushes the one pump that makes 'Pig Go Pop'.
The player that makes pig pop is in effect the looser.
This was played for a couple of days around Christmas but really hasn't come out of the box since.
Unfortunately more often than not, we found that even after all the burgers were finished pig never actually popped!
The games simplicity simply doesn't hold the interest of any player aged over 5 and the disappointment of pig never actually popping looses any other interested players quickly too.
Pig does look good though and is made of strong plastic and is bright and colourful as are the burgers.
I should also mention that whilst the games easy to follow rules could mean that perhaps younger siblings could join in unfortunately the 'pumping' that is required on the pigs head does require a fair amount of strength and thus would be too hard for them.
I'm fairly certain that even as an adult playing this game, the reason for pigs unwillingness to 'pop' is that we havn't enough strength required to pump him with air!
There is also a warning on the box regarding a choking hazard for children under 36months due to small parts which I assume they mean the burgers.
All in all quite a disappointing game considering the advertising air time this game received over the Christmas period. The game looked fun in the adverts but in reality it is little more than a five minute distraction.
This game was a Christmas gift for my four year old. Looking online it can be bought for £14.99 in Argos but I would recommend against it.