Pig Pile: The Hog Wild Card Game

My family and I had a chance to review a fun little game from R and R Games called Pig Pile. It retails for $15.95 and is geared towards children ages 7 and up. This game is more of a luck of the draw type, but it does give your child a chance to practice basic math skills since they are required to lay down a card that is equal to, or greater than, the card previously laid down. All in all, this fast-paced, little farm game for 3-6 players is fun!

This game is not so much about strategy as it is luck of the draw.  Initially my husband and I found the directions to be slightly confusing, but we he was able to figure them out. Personally, I would skip the "quick" instructions and go straight to the illustrated and more detailed instructions. :) They also include "Greased Pig Start" instructions which allows you to play the first round in a more simplified format for 1st time players.
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I enjoyed playing this game with my husband and oldest child (age 6). Our daughter enjoyed playing (age 4) but wasn't able to stay focused for 5 rounds (the duration of the game). However, it is geared towards ages 7 and up so that was to be expected.

While playing, I noticed two drawbacks to the game, but other than that, we thought it was fun.

One drawback is the limited use of the little pigs. I assumed the pigs would be an integral part of the game which is one reason I wanted to review it, but that's not the case. That might be a little anticlimatic for some youngsters people. In order to get pigs, you have to get rid of your cards first in order to be awarded the prime pile of pigs. However, I'm sure you could adapt the game to include the pigs a little bit more. Just like a recipe, I generally feel at liberty to tweak it as necessary, so I'm sure you could apply that principle to this game as well. Especially if using it with younger ones. :)

The second draw back is that you have to play five rounds to end the game. Personally, I felt that was a little long. However, this game doesn't require a huge amount of skill, so it's not like you have to analyze each move like you would in battleship. That being said, it should move along somewhat quickly.

So, in spite of the suggstions I might make, I would say all in all, it's a fun little farm game for the family. R and R Games offer many other games as well. I would love to check out a couple of their party games. This one below might be fun! Based on it's description, it sounds like a fast-paced game that requires you to stay calm while spitting out the answers as fast as you can!
If you'd like to see what other bloggers are saying about Pig Pile, go here. And if you have any questions about Pig Pile, you are welcome to contact the company on their website,, or by phone at 1.888.8RIDDLE.

And...R and R Games Incorporated is also offering my readers a coupon code (CREW20) for 20% off any purchase from their website! This offer is good through December 31, 2011.

*I was given this product in exchange for a candid review.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

That is my first peek at the Pressure Point game. It looks like a fun one, too.

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