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Pinata Game

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  • Players: 2
  • Ages: 8+
  • Playtime: 30 minutes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B00C9E5MGW
  • Item model number: RIO493
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,754 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product Description

This is a reprint of the popular game: Balloon Cup, but with the original theme from the designer.

In Pinata, the players compete in several short balloon flights (hops) to collect the colored cubes associated with each hop. Four landscape cards -- two plains alternating with two mountains -- are laid out, and 1, 2, 3, or 4 cubes in assorted colors (gray, blue, green, yellow, red) are added to these cards. From a hand of eight balloon cards, you must try to pass each landscape by adding cards matching the colored blocks onto their side of table, although winds (and cunning) may occasionally cause them to play on their opponent's side -- a move that can really ruin the opponent's plans.

High-valued balloons are played on the mountains, and low-valued balloons are played on the plains. Whoever is the better balloonist takes the cubes from the card, which is then flipped over -- mountains becomes plains and vice-versa -- and refilled with cubes. Five trophy cards of value 3 to 7 are placed at the top of the cards. When a player has collected enough cubes of a given color, he earns the trophy card for that color. Players may even trade three otherwise useless cubes for one they can use. The first player to earn three trophy cards is the winner!

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Easy to learn and fun!
Michael J. Summers
Since Balloon Cup is no longer available, this is an adequate substitute, nice to have 2 player games from Rio Grande.
Everything is well made and fit in the box very nicely.
How Lou Sees It

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Strahd on May 28, 2013
One of my favorite 2 player games of all time is "Balloon Cup" from Rio Grande Games. Now comes Pinata, a re-implement of "Balloon Cup" in a new package with a few new rules from designer Stephen W. Glenn. I was excited when this came in the mail because it's something I new my daughter would also love. It is rated at about 45 minutes or less to play and for ages 13 and up although like I said my 10 year old daughter has no issue playing this game.In order to win you need to be first player collect three of the five "medal" cards. The rules are a bit simpler than "Balloon Cup" and provide an easier time learning the game and a slightly easier dynamic.
In "Pinata" you must play on your side if can before playing being able to play on your opponents side. This takes away much of the "screw your opponent" mechanic although it does say to use the old rule as a "variant." Also new are the "wild cards" which can be used at any time on any side. The cards aren't numbered as high in this version and you can start with the mats in any arrangement as far as high or low sides.The mats are at least twice the size as before and very thick in stock. The come with two sides, one being the "high" side and the other the "low" side. The card quality is nice and the art work is great and I am sure will be loved by the kids. After testing it out with my daughter, she loved the version just as much as the original.

Candies are used in place of cubes in this version and the colors red, green, yellow, purple and pink. The number of colored candies on each tile is the amount of cards you need to play on each side. For example, if you had a green, pink and purple candy on the mat 3 with the high side up, then each player plays on card of each color (or a wild/s) as high in value as their hand allows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick on May 6, 2013
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I play a lot of two-player games with friends, including Lost Cities, Jambo, Dracula, Hive, Koi-Koi, Perry Rhodan The Cosmic League, Boggle, and Gobblet. This game easily ranks near the top of games I've played.

It is very easy to learn and includes enough strategy that it doesn't feel like just a game of luck-of-the-draw. It's a great game to play if you are looking for something a little lighter than say Dracula or Jambo. I would probably compare the level of depth to Lost Cities but without the trouble of calculating your score at the end.

The components are very well made, just like all Rio Grande Games. It also comes in a very good size box for both travel and convenience.

The theme fits perfectly to the game and is bright and cheerful without feeling childish.

Overall, I already know that this game is a keeper. It's really fun and offers the perfect amount of depth and strategy for a lighter game. It would also be a great game to introduce non-gamers to the wonderful world of boardgames, while keeping seasoned gamers satisfied.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Anderson on August 30, 2013
I came across this game in a somewhat strange way. I was looking for a good 2-player game from my friends over at Board Game Revolution and I spotted Balloon Cup. Balloon Cup is a 2-player game from Rio Grande Games that I was looking forward to playing with my wife. That same day I returned home to find a package had arrived from Rio Grande Games containing Piñata. I played Balloon Cup that night with my wife and it was fun but I decided that it was a little one-sided. Once a player got the upper hand it was difficult to turn the table. I won by a margin that just wasn't fun. I enjoyed the idea but unfortunately it felt like there were some balance issues with the game. It was a week later that I picked up Piñata from the shelf and read through the rules. I stood dumbfounded as I realized they were nearly the exact same as Balloon Cup. I checked the name of the designer and sure enough, they were the same game with a change of theme and a few altered rules. I give Balloon Cup a 4 dice and Piñata a 5 dice...though 5 feels a little too high at times.


The rules are fantastically simple. Four Piñatas are lined up down the center of the table. The piñatas are of differing heights and sizes. On the top is a piñata with one candy inside, next has 2, the next 3, and the next 4. Depending on what side of the card is currently visible depends on how high the Piñata is strung. If the Piñata is strung high then players attempt a high swing by playing high cards on their side of the Piñata. If the Piñata is strung low then lower cards will get you a better chance of a solid hit. The colors on the cards correspond to the colors of the candy contained in each Piñata.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By How Lou Sees It on May 27, 2013
So, whenever I think about Pinatas, I of course think about colorful paper mache or cardboard animals full of candy and the famous scene from The Three Amigos, but now I will also think about the muy bueno game for 2 from Rio Grande Games.

As most of you who follow my blog know, I really like games that you can play with 2 players. If you are like me, there are a lot of times where you don't really want to invite a big group over, but you just want to play a nice game with your best friend. There are many games that scale well to 2 players, but there is just something about games that are purely made for it. Jaipur is one of my all time favorite 2 player dedicated games, but I'm so glad that Pinata provides just as much fun.

If you check out what is being said on boardgamegeek.com you will notice discussion between people regarding a different game called Balloon Cup by the same designer. I personally haven't played Balloon cup before, but the games are basically one in the same (in concept, with many slight differences between them including theme). From my understanding, it sounds like this re-implementation of the game is actually themed the way the designer originally had in mind; which takes me to my first point - the theme.

This game fits like a sombrero on a hot desert day. Perfect in my opinion. What is it about pinatas that make us so excited? Yes, being able to whack something really hard is definitely a big reason to like them, but it is usually the anticipation of the pinata breaking open, the pride in actually bursting it, and the excitement to see what was inside all this time and to gather as much of it for yourself as possible before that other kid who no one actually knows takes it all.
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