PASS THE PIGS

Number of players
2-6
Recommended age
7+
Competition type
1 vs.1, all vs. all
Playing time
8
-16 min
Difficulty
Easy
Cost or investment

Brief description of the game

PASS THE PIGS is a game of chance and risk management. The pigs are thrown as if they were dice and depending on how they land on the table, one score or another is obtained.
Table of contents

How to play "Pass the pigs"

Set up before start playing

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PLAYERS

PASS THE PIGS is a game for 2 to 6 players, from 6 years old.

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REQUIRED OBJECTS

The game is played with two small piggies that are used as dice.

Below you will find a Guide and buying tips.

MEETING THE PIGGIES

The piggies have a dot on one side and their design allows them to land on the table in 6 different ways:

SIDEWAYS

The piggy lands on one of its sides. This is the most probable landing.

STANDING

The piggy lands on its feet. Yes, it can happen, and it happens more often than you are thinking right now.

WITH THE LEGS UP

The piggy falls on its back and is left with its legs up. Just as likely as landing on your feet, but more fun.

HEAD DOWN

The piggy lands supported between its snout and front legs. Very unlikely, but possible.

LEANING JOWLER

The piggy lands supported between its snout and one of its front legs (or an ear). It’s practically magic, but it has happened.

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ROUNDS AND TURNS

PASS THE PIGS is played counterclockwise in turns.

In each round there will be a turn for each player.

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WHO'S FIRST?

Let the youngest player start.

Goal of the game

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SCORE

Players will win points (or not…) in each turn and add them to their score.

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WHO WINS?

El objetivo de PASS THE PIGS es ser el primer jugador en llegar a 100 puntos.

"Pass the pigs" rules and scores

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FIRST TURN

The player rolls the pigs repeatedly and adds up the points obtained after each roll -as explained below- and until one of the situations that we will explain later occurs.

These are the points that will be added after each roll according to the position in which the piggies land:

SCORE RULE 1 – SIDER

1 point

Both pigs lie on their sides in the same way, both with the point up or both with the point down.

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What if one is left with the point up and the other with the point down? Nothing good. We will explain it later. Let’s continue with the scores.

SCORE RULE 2 – TROTER

5 points

One of the pigs lands on its feet and the other on its side, regardless of whether the point is above or below.

SCORE RULE 2 – RAZORBACK

5 points

One of the pigs lands with its feet upwards and the other one sideways, regardless of whether the point is up or down.

SCORE RULE 3 – SNOUTER

10 points

One of the pigs lands head down and the other one on its side, regardless of whether the point is above or below.

SCORE RULE 4 – LEANING JOWLER

15 points

One of the pigs lands on its nose and one front leg (or ear) and the other on its side, regardless of whether the point is above or below.

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SCORE RULE 5 – MIXED COMBO

If none of the pigs fall sideways and they fall in different positions, the scores are then added together:

5+5=10 points
5+10=15 points
5+15=20 points
5+10=15 points
5+15=20 points
10+15=25 points

SCORE RULE 6 – DOUBLE TROTER

20 points

Both pigs land standing on all four feet. Not very likely, but possible.

SCORE RULE 6 – DOUBLE RAZORBACK

20 points

Both pigs land with their feet up. Equally likely as the double trotter.

SCORE RULE 7 – DOUBLE SNOUTER

40 points

Both pigs land on the ground head down Almost magical. If you succeed, you will never forget it.

SCORE RULE 8 – DOUBLE LEANING JOWLER

60 points

Both pigs land doing the leaning jowler. Surely the probability of winning the lottery is higher than getting a double leaning jowler.

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HOW LONG?

The player whose turn it is can roll several times in a row and keep adding points until:

SCORE RULE 9 – PLAYER HOLDS

He does not continue to throw the piggies and adds the points obtained in that turn to his overall score.

SCORE RULE 10 – PIG OUT

Both piglets land sideways, one with the point up and the other with the point down.

The player loses all the points accumulated in that turn, he will not sum anything to his global score.

SCORE RULE 11 – OINKER

Both piglets touch each other. No matter how they fall, if they touch… we have bad news.

The player loses all the points of his global score, he is left with zero points.

SCORE RULE 12 – PIGGY BACK

One of the two piggies does not touch the table because it has landed on top of the other. It looks like a masterstroke, but it’s not.

The player is ELIMINATED from the game. What a bad luck!

Game over. Who wins?

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GAME OVER

The round in which any player reaches 100 points is the last round of the game, but all players must exercise their turn in that last round, so the first player to reach 100 is not necessarily the winner of the game.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

A game of PASS THE PIGS ends when one of the players reaches 100 points in a round and the winner is the player with the most points at the end of that round..

Tips for playing "Pass the pigs".

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GAME TIME

Longer or shorter games can be played by changing the target from 100 points to longer or shorter.

Buying guide and tips

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WHERE TO GET THE PIGGIES

PASS THE PIGS is a commercial game You can find it in specialty board game stores or get it at the best price on Amazon, which is what we did.

Here is a small photographic unboxing:

The price usually ranges around €16.

There are other versions!

In this version, the pigs measure about 25 cm and are designed to be thrown on the floor.

Perfect for playing with them in the living room or the playroom.

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In this other version, the pigs are giant inflatable pigs!

Perfect for parties and for playing outdoors in the garden, beach, or pool.

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Games like "Pass the pigs"

PASS THE PIGS is the dice-pig version of the classic PIG series of games played with one or two regular dice: PIG, PIG with two dice and BIG PIG.

If you want to try them all we advice you to follow this progress:

PIG > TWO DICE PIG > BIG PIG

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LOODENS rating

  
We find this game incredibly original and fun. You must try it. You can find them in stores specialized in board games.

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