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Fun concept, great in short bursts...
on October 24, 2009
When I saw this game in the store ads I thought it looked like a neat little board game. [...]
Pop the Pig requires no assembly and comes with said pig, 16 hamburgers, and a colored die. Each player rolls the die which tells them what color hamburger to feed the pig (there are 4 colors: red, yellow, green, & purple). Each hamburger has a number on its bottom bun that tells players how many times to push down on the pig's chef hat. This inflates the pig's belly, which will eventually cause his belly to pop out. This process is repeated until only one person has avoided causing the pig's belt to unbuckle, making them the winner.
The game has a simple and humorous concept but doesn't quite live up to its potential. Players have to really push down on the pig's hat in order for the belly to inflate. I've found that pushing down with both hands is necessary in order to get enough air to the pig's belly. It feels similar to performing CPR, and young children may get winded from exerting so much effort. The piggy makes a clicking noise each time it inflates, which is a welcome indicator to let you know your pushes have registered.
Even with this shortcoming, Pop the Pig is still a pleasant game. Young children around the ages of 3-8 will likely get a kick out of seeing the pig's belly expand and ultimately explode. Players may become a little flustered at the amount of presses it takes to get the pig to budge and overall short playing time but the game is entertaining in short bursts. I wouldn't suggest spending more than $20 on it, though.
*Can be played with up to 6 people
*Very easy to pack/unpack (the box has plenty of room to fit all of the game's contents)
*Some variation in how quickly the Pig explodes
*Instructions aren't as clear as they should be
*Game only takes about 15 minutes at most to finish
*Getting the pig to pop takes a lot of effort and presses to the head