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      02.11.2011 15:56
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      a fab family game

      ==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.

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        14.01.2010 22:04
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        Piggin Fantastic - 'Hog' them from your shop now!

        Firstly, a fantastic game for all the family to play, and for such a little game it packs a lot of fun!

        Introduction.
        Pass the Pigs made by MB games. This game comes in a small thin black plastic case (easy to fit into your pocket or handbag) which have two little pig indents on the front, when you open the case, inside you will find mouldings to hold two little rubber pigs (they come with snouts, udders and curly pig tails and all) you have a score scheet that holds scores for up to 4 players, the instructions, a useful quick reference card to see easily the point system and 2 pencils for keeping the score.

        The game
        You need at least 2 players to play the game, and although the score sheet has up to 4 players, you can use more sheets as necessary as more players can take part, the object of the game is to be the first to score 100 by throwing the pigs to score points, making sure you don't end up 'making bacon' though, which can put you right back to zero. Points are scored depending on how the pigs land, you get a higher score for more difficult positions, so, with score card ready the first player may take their turn, they can throw the pigs as many times as they want until either, they decide to stop and mark their total score for that turn or, a 'pig out' is thrown which means you score 0 at the end of that round, or, you throw a 'makin bacon' and lose all your points accumulated in the game so far (not just that round), and then it is the next players turn. You have to be the first to score 100, but be careful and don't get too greedy, it is very easy for those points to be lost in a round.

        As mentioned before the score depends on how the pigs land, they all have their own little names:
        Pig Out 0 points (pigs land on opposite sides, you will also lose that turn and have to pass pigs to next player)
        Sider 1 point (pigs land on same sides)
        Trotter 5 points (1 pig lands on all 4 trotters, the other pig on its side)
        Double Trotter 10 points (both pigs land on all 4 trottres)
        Razorback 5 points (one pig lands on its back, the other on its side)
        Double razorback 20 points (both pigs land on their backs)
        Snouter 10 points (1 pig lands on its snout, the other on its side)
        Double snouter 40 points (both pigs land on their snouts)
        Leaning Jowler 15 points (1 pig lands on its jowl, the other on its side)
        Double leaning Jowler 60 points (both pigs land in the leaning jowler position)
        Mixed Combo - any combination of trotter, razorback, snouter or leaning jowler, add total score as each single position.
        Makin Bacon - both pigs touching in any position. This will lose all your points for the entire game, and you pass the pigs to the next player.
        Piggy Back - as this is an unatural position for pigs, player is out of the game

        There is a 2nd version of the game in which you can introduce 'Hog Call' play exactly as before with the addition that any player except the thrower, with at least 20 points on his score may Hog Call. This means the hog caller will predict what position the pigs are going to land before the player throws the pigs, and if predicts correctly, the hog caller earns double the score on that throw, abnd the thrower must detract double the points from his score, so in fact, you are stealing that players points. If you incorrectly hog call you then subtract double the score from that throw from your score.

        My experience
        What fun we have had with these marvellous little pigs, because of the convenient small packaging, they have been everywhere with me, quite often to be played while on plane journeys, taken to hotels if staying away for short trips etc, they really can help fill the boredom and you can make the games as long or short as you want to really. When playing the family and I try to make it a bit more fun, this involves everyone shouting each position as they are thrown, so our neighbours must think we are crazy with the raised voices of 'double snouter' or 'pig out' coming from our house. I have introduced this game toa few friends as well, the local shop may have run out of stock because at one point they all purchased a game of their own. This game has been played by young, old and the inbetweens, and all enjoy this game, at a RRP of between £7 -£8 i would say every home needs their own pigs. Hours of fun for all the family at such a cheap price.......Now, who's up for a bit of 'pigging out'?

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        19.03.2009 15:41
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        Pass the Pigs

        Who would have thought that two little plastic pigs would create so much fun!

        Pass the Pigs is a fabulous little game. On first mention it doesn't sound like much of a fun game, throw two little pigs about and count your score up to 100 but it is really fun, competitive and actually very hilarious.

        The pigs act as two dice. They are plastic and have a black dot on one side. They are fairly small, probably only 2cm approximately in length and width. Each player takes it in turn to throw the pigs and the scores are recorded. There are obviously different scores for different combinations of how the pigs land. 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.

        The game comes in a handy wallet size black plastic pouch and includes the two plastic pigs, instructions, scoring sheet so you can work out what each position is and a pencil. The carrier is very handy because it means you can take it with you and play it on holiday, at friends house, etc.

        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. If it sounds confusing, it really isn't as you will have the score sheet in front of you and once you have played this a few times you will get to remember the positions. 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. This has happened many a time in the games I have played and generally to the person who is on 99 points or near that amount and so is very funny when it happens to them!

        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 turn changes to the next player
        o Piggyback - If one pig lands completely resting on top of the other, then the player is out of the game.


        What I like about this game too is that you can make up a few rules of your own and really make it into your own game. The game is for players of 7 and older and the nice thing is that as many people that want to can play, there is no upper limit! You can pick up this game at most game shops or on Amazon, so go on, Pig Out!

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          02.02.2006 16:56
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          A classic family game for all to enjoy.

          Aaahhhhh, pass the pigs, a great family game that reminds me of holidays abroad as a family when I was just a young lass, getting over excited and competitive trying to trash my dad night after night in our hotel room......

          .......Well pass the pigs was just a memory untill it randomly got pulled out of a cupboard at a friend's house recently and after an entralling game in the wee hours of the morning, I decided it was time to share the details of this great little game with you lot out there.

          If you have been unlucky enough not to have come across this game before then put simply it is a game in which, instead of rolling the dice the players roll the pigs! These are two cute little pink, relatively realistic looking plastic pigs and the game is scored according to how the pigs land on the table.

          Simple, huh.

          Each player takes it in turns to roll the pigs and then the scores are recorded by one volunteer on the scores sheets provided. Each score sheet has space for four players in total and the aim of the game it to be the first player to get to a cumulative score of 100.

          SCORING.

          **Razorback (one pig falls flat on his back) - 5 points #
          **Double Razorback - 20 points

          **Trotter (one pig lands on all fours) - 5 points #
          **Double Trotter - 20 points

          **Snouter (one pig lands on his snout) - 10 points #
          **Double Snouter - 40 points

          ** Leaning Jowler (one pig lands on an akward angel, which involves balancing on his ear) - 15 points #
          **Double Leaning Jowler - 60 points.

          # Combination scores of these positions are permitted.

          **Pig out (pigs lie on their sides, with legs facing the opposite ways) - ZERO POINTS.

          **Sider (pigs fall both on their sides with their legs facing in approximately the same direction) - 1 point.

          **Oinker. (pigs touching) RETURN TO ZERO!!!

          ** Piggy Back. (pigs land one directly on top of the other - this is basically impossible, I have never seen it done.....) OUT OF THE GAME!

          If that is confusing them please refer to http://www.captainjava.com/pigs/PassThePigs.html where they have some very helpful little pictures for your reference.

          The game comes with complete instructions, of course, which are very simple to follow and the pictures of each of these positions is given so there can be no doubt about the scoring.

          The game is suitable for ages: 7 and up and I think that the whole family can really enjoy this game (it is especially good after a couple of glasses of wine). At least two 2 players are required but there is no upper maximum.

          Each pass the pigs kit contains: 2 pig dice, score pad, scoring guide, 2 pencils and plastic carrying case which is very handy for taking the game on holiday and for ensuring that you don't lose all the bits and pieces.

          Pass the Pigs is made by MB and can be purchased online or in the shops from around £7.95, which is a bargain.

          Be careful though, the pigs are pretty small and you don't want to lose them! This is a great game and I really recommend it, so head out to the shops today and pick up some pigs for a fun filled family game!

          Have fun playing and thanks for reading!

          Nicky.

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            have been having a bit of a clearout at home this week and have come across a few items I had forgotten existed. Quite exciting really!!! I came across a game called 'Pass The Pigs'. It is one of the many games created by MB Games, the seventies and eighties King of Board games!! I have looked on the internet and found one website which sells the original 'Pass The Pigs' for £9.99. www.iwantitcheaper.com. What was the first thing I did on discovering the game? Exactly, I opened the black plastic 'pigskin' case to reveal the inch long rubber piggies with their intricate details. Pink noses, curly tails, even the udders - Aaahhh!! How cute!!! The two piggies are neatly laid in their green plastic 'sty', fitting snugly on their sides. Excitement or what!!! The case measures about 15cm by 6cm. The front of the case also has the shape of the pigs on the front so that when the lid is closed, the pigs are held securely. The case clicks closed on the side. The case is hard so keep sthe piggies safe and sound. As well as the piggies, there are also two black pencils, an instruction leaflet and a scoring pad. The scoring pad has space to accommodate up to four players. The front of the pad can be removed and kept for reference as it shows the scoring techniques involved in the game. The idea of the game is to toss the rubber piggies onto a flat surface and achieve high point scoring positions from them. You continue to throw until you chose to pass onto the next player or you get a 'Pig Out' move, 'Makin Bacon' move or 'Piggy Back' move. Sometimes you can chose to throw again and loose all the points from your round. Its a definite game of chance. The Positions Sider ( 10) - pigs land on the sme sides - 1 point Trotter (3) - one pig lands on all fours, one lands on its side - 5 points Double Trotter (1) - Both pigs land on their feet - 20 p
            oints Razorback (3) - One pig lands on its back - 5 points Double Razorback (0) - Both pigs land on their backs - 20 points Snouter (3) - One pig ands on its snout and two feet - 10 points Double Snouter (0) - Both pigs land as above - 40 points Leaning Jowler (1) - One pig lands on its jowl and ear and on one foot - 15 points Double Leaning Jowler (0) - Both pigs land as above - 60 points Makin Bacon (0) - Both pigs touching each other in any position - You lose alla chieved points so far. Piggyback (0) - As this is an unnatural position for pigs the player is disqualified. Pig out (4) - Pigs land on opposite sides with feet facing - 0 pointsts and end of go. In twenty five throws, I recorded what positions I achieved. I have put the scores in brackets next to each move to show how many moves are involved in a typical game.Obviously the positions I have not achieved are very dificult so very rarely occur. Or perhaps I am just rubbish at it! Who knows! Let me know if you get a 'Makin Bacon' move!!! The game is so addictive and frustrating. I find myself trying to achieve the more difficult moves even when it may take hours!! Sad arent I!!! The basic game objective is to reac 100 points before your opponent/s.The second game option is called 'Hog Call'. A game would proceed as normal, except any player with 20 or more points can chose to predict how the pigs will land. If they predict correctly, that player recieves double the amount of points and the tosser wins nothing. If the caller predicts incorrectly, they would lose t he number of points and the tosser would recieve the points amount doubled. No one can go under the score of zero! Although the game sounds very basic, it is immense fun, fantastic fun. It will keep you entertained for hours! The frustration aspect keeps you hooked. It is a greatshame that 'good old fashioned' board games are not more widely
            used by youngsters. The pS2 and X Box does not seem to leave enough space for the likes of 'Pass The pigs' and 'Connect Four'. Although the date on the instruction leaflet is 1984, my god, I have had something for twenty years!!!, the little history insight staes that the ancient game has been around for over 3000 years and was developed by the 'Pigalonians' in 'Pigalonia'! And no I am not that gullible!!! A doctor called 'ibber' discovered the gam ein Germany in 1965, where the piggies were known as 'Glucksschwein' or Lucky Pigs. The game can be played by all ages although younger children will probably need some help with the scoring aspect. Pass The pigs can be played anywhere. It is small enough to fit into our handbag or even your coat pocket. It is suitable for playing in the playground, on the train, in the car. Although if a child drops a piece on the floor of the car, an accident could occur. Maybe not a good idea. It can be played anywhere sensible! Honestly, if you havenever played the game, you must try it! For those of you who own a set, well, I know you are already rummaging through through those boxes!!! Also, just to ease the frustration a little, if you can not find the game, there is a website which lets you play online or even download it locally onto your desktop. www.fontface.com/games/pigs You can downlaod within seconds and start playing straight away. The osund effects are great! 'Boing' 'Oink oink'!! The rules are the same and you simply play against the PC. Even more addictive than the real thing! Go and try it!! Have great fun but dont forget to come back and rate my review. Many thanks for reading! Kerry xx .

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              23.05.2001 14:49
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              This game has a novelty factor for a few weeks. Ingenious idea to use little pigs instead of dice to score with. The way the game works is this. You have these two little rubber pigs which you roll and of course they can fall in certain combinations of ways, on their backs, their feet, leaning forward on their snouts. Each of these combinations has a different score and silly names to describe them by. The object of the game is to reach a certain score first. When its your turn you carry on playing until you decide to bank your score and end your turn or until one of the rolls fails to score in which case you lose your score for that break. One of the other rolls loses you the total score for the whole game. The only "secret" in this game is knowing when to call a halt and bank your score. None of it is rocket science, but it would keep a couple of 3 year olds happy for a while.

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                03.02.2001 22:05
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                The game of 'Pass the pigs' is just far too simple even for the most dull and boring of people. The game is pure chance and there is no skill involved WHAT-SO-EVER. It is akin to rollind two dice and adding up your score except that the dice are replaced with two model pigs. The game was funny the first time I played it when I was about nine. Now I find the game boring, I guess anybody could be good at this since it requires no skill but this is what would make me turn away from it. I would recommend this game either to a group of VERY young primary school children or those with no brain.

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                  19.12.2000 06:08
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                  Pass The Pigs should be nicknamed 'Pass The Brandy' (or whatever your tipple is!) I didn't even find this game mildly amusing until I was drunk. You get a pair of pigs in a black plastic case and a piggy notepad and pencil. You also get a scorecard showing various piggie positions. Simply throw the pigs in the air and compare their positions with the score card. At first this becomes quite tedious and its not a bit funny after two rounds of the table (or rounds of drinks). However as the players become more relaxed (and less sober) such positions as 'making bacon' take on a whole new meaning and the game becomes funny. It is at this point that the keeping of scores is forgotten and the little pink pigs get man-handled into various positions. Not worth buying. Any amusement you might get from this game is short-lived. If you want to play it borrow someone else's set. You will probably find someone who is quite willing to give their game away!

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                  This was one game that I did not like or could on with. My brother had wanted it one Xmas and guess what he got it. It is best to be played by two people as other wise it can get a bit of hand. With all these people throwing pigs in the air. The whole concept of the games is that you have two plastic pigs and use them instead of dice. And depending on how they landed depended on what score that you go. And mark the score on the provided score sheets. It is a game that anybody can play. Moreover, would be good for adults if they have a few sherries as I can see it being very funny throwing pigs around. It all comes with score sheets as well as a nice black case to store it all in. Overall not impressed but then I am a farmers daughter. So I have seen pigs close up.

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                  27.09.2000 00:32
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                  Pass the Pigs is one of those great pocket games that you really can play anywhere. The rules are very simple - just throw the pigs and score according to how they land. The more precariously they are balanced the more points you get. You get to keep throwing them until you decide to stop or until you 'wipe out' and lose all your points for that round - or worse yet until the pigs land touching each other which means you loose all your points so far for 'making bacon'. So, it's basically a dice game with pigs. The good thing is that it's so simple that you can play it even after you've been partying for a few hours and are thoroughly drunk. Or you can play it with the kids when travelling somewhere. It packs away in its tiny little box in a matter of seconds - so you can play it between lessons at school or college or while waiting for your takeaway to finish cooking. It has solitaire rules as well as group rules so you don't even need someone else to play with. It's not the most riveting game ever, but it's something to do when you're bored or feeling silly and fancy a game. If you get really addicted(and you're already familiar with the game)you can even play 'zen piggies' which is just the same as above but without the pigs... I guess you have to be really drunk and/or insane to see the appeal in arguing over whether an imaginery piggie is leaning on it's snout or on it's ear though - :o) Personally, I'm blaming the tequila slammers....

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                  Want a game you can play in the pub or at home? A game that anyone can play so long as they can throw a dice, well try Pass the Pigs. The game itself comes in a plastic case with a pad, pencil and two rubber pigs with a black dot on one side of each pig. The object of the game is to throw the pigs and however they land that is your score. That is the simple part, but so long as the Pigs don’t tell you to stop you can carry building up your score. The risk is that you can loose all the points you have made that turn or even worse for the whole game on the throw of a pig. Your friends will dare you to go for more points, but do you take the risk, will playing safe make you win or lose. You would never think such a hammy game could be so much fun, great as you can play it anywhere.

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                  02.08.2000 04:10
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                  Great way of passing a bit of time. as simple as it gets... just throw your pigs, and you recieve points based on how they land, and how they land in conjunction with each other. The simple scoring system makes complications dissapear. However, don't expect too much, and don't devote more than 1/2 an hour (unless you are a fanatic) of your time to playing... cos it gets samey and boring. simple first to [whatever score] wins rules. Classic game.

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                  02.08.2000 04:05

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                  This game is really really simple. You are given two plasic pigs and each player simply has to roll or throw them onto a surface, yo will then gain points for how they land. E.g. if they both land standing up you get good points and if the pigs are makin bacon I.e toutching then you will lose all your points.. Sounds boring doesnt it. Well you would think so but actually its great fun! Even better if you have had a few drinks. This is definatly a game to be played at parties but it only needs 2 ppl to play it. Cheers Alex xxx

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                  This is a very similar game to Cosmic Wimpout and other dice games. Even if you don't use dice. The main component is a pair of plastic pigs, about 2 cm's long. Each pig has a dot on one side of it. Play is very simple. Throw the pigs. See how the pigs land, and score points. More points are socred for more unlikely landing positions (a leaning jowler for example is where the pig lands on his cheek and one leg, balancing precariuously). You can continue this for as long as you desire. You get more points for both pigs doing th same trick. However, if ever the two pigs land on their sides with both the same side showing (both spot or both no spot), you lose all your point for that turn and 'pass the pigs'. if ever both pigs touch, your makin' bacon and lose all your points scored so far. So you've gotta decide when to stop throwing those porkers and banking your score. Play lasts to as many points as you decide (100 for a short game, 100,000 for sheer terminal boredom on a long train ride). The game comes in a very nice carry case abut the size of glasses case, complete with score chart, paper and pencil to score with and those all impoartant plastic procines.

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