- Pig Pile: The Hog Wild Card Game
- Available from R & R Games, Inc
- Price: $15.95
- Age Range: 7+
- 20% TOS Discount available through 2011, Use code CREW20 when ordering
Pig Pile is a fast-paced card game designed for families. It is for 3-6 players ages 7 and up. The object of the game is to be the first one to get rid of your Slop Pile and be rewarded a pile of pigs. Trouble along the way includes Ewe Turns and being Hog Tied. But never fear, the more cards you have the better your chance of being able to go Hog Wild or of calling a Hog Wash. Be the first to get rid of your cards and you get a pile of 3 pigs to corral, go out second and you get 2 pigs, go out 3rd, 4th or 5th and you get one. Be the person to have the most cards left and you have no pigs.. When the Pig Pen is empty, count your pigs and if you have the most pigs you are the overall winner!
The ClarkClan is a family of game players. When I received Pig Pile in the mail I gave it to Sarah, Ben and Rebekah to try out. I purposefully did not play immediately, but observed to see how long it took them to figure out how to play the game. Within five minutes of opening the box, reading the instructions and dealing out the cards, they were off and running. I heard calls of “You have been Hog Tied and Hog Wash”.
The cards for Pig Pile were really cute. Each card pictures a pig with a different pig design for each number 1-12 and cute pig graphics for the Hog Wild and Hog Tied cards. The pigs that are rewarded as points are small, pink plastic pigs.
When I sat down to play, I had as much fun as the kids did. I found the game to be a mix of some strategy as well as “luck of the draw”. I lost about 5 rounds before I finally was the first to go out. The trick in this card game is to remember to play a card with a number that is equal to or higher than the last card played. If you don’t have one you have to pick up the entire discard pile.
We played this game with many different people this past month. The kids took it to church and played with other kids, who all had a great time. Then Great Grandma came over and they taught her as well as teaching it to their Grandmother who was visiting. I liked that the game was easy to learn to play and that multiple ages could play together easily. The game says ages 7 and up, but I feel it could be used with any age child who knows their numbers, with just a bit of help.
After the first few rounds of the game, my kids adapted it just a little. We ended up cutting out the pigs that are rewarded as points. We found that our family liked to play a round of the game and let the first person to run out of cards be the “winner”. We found the game bogged down when there were only two left battling it out for running out of cards and the first person who went out got bored waiting. Also, for a very fast paced game, it would take an hour or more to play enough rounds to run out of pigs in the pig pile. So we ended up just putting the pigs on the table while playing the cards and the kids could make cute pig noises and pig pyramids. Sarah has been trying to work out a different way to incorporate the pigs into the game more than just to score at the end of a round.
We would recommend this game to other people. In fact we already have by playing the game with kids outside our family. We found the game easy to play, fun for all ages to play together and the pig theme to be cute.
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As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received Pig Pile, The Hog Wild Card Game for free from R & R Games, Inc. in exchange for my honest review of their product.