Pinata Card Game
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- 2 or more Players
- 30 minute playing time
- Great family game
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In the game there are 4 double-sided mats, numbered one through four. Each has a corresponding number of candies placed on it that players are trying to collect to win the game. There are 5 different colors of candy and 5 different matching colors of cards. Each player plays cards to their own side of the mat (and sometimes to their opponent's side, more on that later). Depending on which side the mat is flipped to (pinata strung high or pinata strung low), players are trying to have the lowest total or highest total on their side of the mat.
The rules state that the number of the mat to which the various cards are played to determine how many cards must be played to score it (i.e. break open the Pinata). If you're playing to the #2 mat, there have to be 2 cards played to each side of the mat to score it. If you play the required 2 cards to your side, you are then also entitled to play on your opponent's side to help that along. That part is clear.
The part that is ambiguous is "the colors of the candies on the mat determine what colors must be played" to the mats. If there is a piece of green candy and a piece of red candy on the #2 mat, THERE MUST BE ONE RED CARD AND ONE GREEN CARD ON EITHER SIDE OF THE MAT TO SCORE IT. The way we read the rules, we allowed either one red and one green, or two reds or two greens.
In Balloon Cup, this game's predecessor, that rule is made clear by a very solid example of play. In Pinata, the example illustration is ambiguous. I played it the wrong way the first two times and was underwhelmed.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My full video review can be found here http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!pinata/csn1Published 2 months ago by Game Boy Geek
This is a GREAT game, and has quickly become our favorite light, fast, two-player card game. It is perfect for our usual game night, when we often don't have a ton of time to play... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mofo83
Rules are simple but it is actually a game where thinking and planning ahead is required. Not a simple filler like I thought!Published 11 months ago by RYoung1978
Great game for two. Despite the small box, this isn't necessarily ideal for a travel game, as the layout of the bits does require some table space. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R&R's Daddy
Great and light game! This one is a keeper for my wife and I.Published 16 months ago by morgan dorado
This is a terribly designed game. By the very nature of the game, your hand of cards will not allow you to win. i honestly don't understand why it is so highly rated.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer