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Pinata Card Game

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  • 30 minute playing time
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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!.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B00C9E5MGW
  • Item model number: 493
  • Our recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,370 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tan on July 1, 2014
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This is a great 2-player game!...When played correctly. Otherwise it's nothing special. You can look at other reviews for more in-depth rules and reviews but I really wanted to clarify one thing.

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.
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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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4 of 4 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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