Product Type: THQ Nintendo DS games
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Pass the Pigs (DS)
Member Name: Whizz11
Pass the Pigs (DS)
Advantages: Fun for a while
Disadvantages: Better in the game version
Pass the Pigs is a really entertaining game that I like to play with friends and family. It's a bit silly but that is the fun of it . I usually play it with real little plastic pigs and bought this game a while ago as I wondered whether it would be as entertaining as the original board game version and its fun for a few minutes but after that I have to admit it's a bit boring. Mainly I miss playing it with other people as I think that's the most fun of this game, to watch other people physically throw the pigs and see how they land. With this game for the DS you use your stylus to roll the pigs or throw the pigs and so the computer does it for you so you never really feel like you are throwing the pigs yourself.
The aim of the game is to basically reach 100 points. I've always just played this game on the DS on my own against the computer as I have never tried to wirelessly connect to other people in the room or online or anything like that so all you have is the computer rolling the pigs against you. I don't think its stacked either way as I seem to win quite a lot and lose quite a lot so I don't think any one person or computer has the advantage.
The pigs act as the dice and it is these you throw with the stylus to reach your 100 points. You get different points for the pigs landing in different positions and you keep on rolling until you Pig Out and then it is the computers turn. The different positions are listed below but for example, if one of the pigs lands on its nose, this is called a Snouter and you earn 10 points for this. If both pigs land on their nose in one throw it is called a Double Snouter and you get 40 points.
You play this game in the one player mode in different places across the globe which basically is just the same every time but with some different graphics to indicate a different type of country. There are various things you can do to upgrade your pigs which makes it a bit different that the board game. Upgrades include iron snouts which makes your pigs a bit tougher but even so the game is still fundamentally the same.
A players go ends only when they "Pig Out." This is when the pigs land one their sides with one of them showing the black spot and the other showing the side without the black spot. The Oinker is good too and very funny. This is when after the pigs have been thrown and they are touching. IF this happens the players score goes back to zero and the game is over.
The first player to 100 wins.
The other scores are counted as follows:
* Single Pig
o The pig is lying on its side - 0 Points
o Razorback - The pig is lying on its back - 5 Points
o Trotter - The pig is standing upright - 5 Points
o Snouter - The pig is leaning on its snout - 10 Points
o Leaning Jowler - The pig is resting on its snout and ear - 15 Points
* Both Pigs
o Sider - The pigs are on their sides, either both with the spot facing upward or both with the spot facing downward - 1 Point
o Double Razorback - The pigs are both lying on their backs - 20 Points
o Double Trotter - The pigs are both standing upright - 20 Points
o Double Snouter - The pigs are both leaning on their snouts - 40 Points
o Double Leaning Jowler - The pigs are both resting between snouts and ears - 60 Points
o Mixed Combo - A combination not mentioned above is the sum of the single pigs score
o Pig Out - If both pigs are lying on their sides, one with the spot facing upwards and one with the spot facing downwards the score for that turn is reset to 0 and the turn changes to the next player
o Oinker - If both pigs are touching, then the total score is reset to 0 and the game ends
o Piggyback - If one pig lands completely resting on top of the other, then the player is out of the game.
All in all this is an ok game to pass a few minutes of your time on the DS but not something that will keep you entertained for hours or a game you want to go back to very soon after playing.
Summary: Pass the Pigs DS
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