Intended for 3-6 players ages 7 and up, we (of course) didn't completely follow their suggestions. Trina (age 5) has been involved in virtually every game played in the family.
Okay, so the basic rules of the game are to play a card to the center pile that is equal or greater to what is there already. If three of the same value are played, that is a "hogwash" and those cards get flipped to the discard pile... and you get to start fresh. There are special cards that make you lose a turn, or do a "ewe-turn" (play switches direction) and all that kind of thing.
First person to use all their cards gets three pigs. Next person gets two. Then everyone but the last person gets one pig for going out. A new hand is dealt, and the game continues, with the number of pigs being your score.
- Three players -- long and not a lot of fun, seems kind of pointless, and fairly easy for older players to consistently win because of being able to keep track of what other players have and being able to more or less predict what will happen on their turns
- Four players -- fun, but still long and not as predictable
- Five players -- a great game. Very fun.
- Six players -- a really and truly great game, fast moving, far more element of chance
- Seven players -- okay, we haven't actually succeeded in getting Dad to play, but we want to try it out and see if it works. Probably with one fewer card in the original hands.
Back to who my players were:
My three oldest boys, ages 10, 12 and 14, easily grasped the rules and taught their younger siblings to play. And their mother.
Richard, age 7, needed a little coaching in the first game, but then could easily play.
Available for $15.95, this is a game my family certainly recommends. But as a Crew Blog Reader, you can get it (or any other game that R&R sells) for 20% less through the end of the year, 12/31/11, by using the coupon code CREW20. I have my eye on Masters of Venice as a Christmas gift... or maybe Overthrone...
You can read what other TOS Crew Members have to say about Pig Pile (and about Flea Circus too) here:
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this game in exchange for my review of the product. All opinions are my own, and receiving complimentary products does not factor in to my opinions. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.