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 ›
• Duration is just right – Not too short (as each round of Lost Cities can feel) but not too long. About 30 minutes or so.
• Great level of strategy required – Never feels like a brain-numbing logic puzzle (as Battle Line can), yet you do definitely have to think about how to maximize the use of every single card.
• Unique gameplay – You're sort of building runs/sets as you do in Jaipur and Lost Cities, but there are some GREAT twists – e.g., the flipping mats constantly changing the playing field, and the ability to play on your opponents side of the mats!
• "Take THAT" moments – Just when your opponent feels they've won a mat, plunking down that one perfect card on their side is quite satisfying and fun! There are NO such moments in Lost Cities or Jaipur...
• Looks great – Before I received the game, I was sure I would dislike the CRAZY art. But in person, it's refreshing to see a game with such a wild, bright theme!
• Quality components – The mats are HUGE and thick, the candies are real wood, and the cards are nice.
• The pink candies should be much lighter in color; not only do they look similar to the purple and red candies in dim light, but the pink candies are a much different color than the pink cards. This is a very small complaint, but could be improved.
• The rules/instructions are sloppily written.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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun game and nice components. I wish they had stuck with the balloon theme, but the pinata graphics are nice and the candy bits are a nice touch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Boston Kris
My full video review can be found here http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!pinata/csn1Published 7 months ago by Game Boy Geek
Rules are simple but it is actually a game where thinking and planning ahead is required. Not a simple filler like I thought!Published 16 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 18 months ago by R&R's Daddy
Great and light game! This one is a keeper for my wife and I.Published 21 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 22 months ago by Amazon Customer