We’re heading to the farm with Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs! This game is bound to bring back nostalgic feels.
If you’re one of very few, I’d presume, who hasn’t played a round of this game, Pass The Pigs has players throw oversized pig miniatures for points in this old school push-your-luck game. A game played over generations, this is definitely the ultimate family-friendly game!
Bring home the bacon and read on for our Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs review!
Brief Overview of Pass the Pigs
Pass the Pigs is an old game, first released in 1977, so chances are, you played it growing up. It’s a push-your-luck dice rolling game, but the pigs are the dice! You’ll try to get them to do different things by pushing your luck until you pig-out.
The game comes in a black drawstring bag with two oversized pig miniatures and all the game components. If you’re one for nostalgia, this game screams the 70s, back to a simpler time.
If you’re looking for a simple game that packs a lot of fun, Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs is a brilliant option.
Unboxing Pass the Pigs
The heart of the game is its simplicity. So the unboxing isn’t exactly thrilling. But, the game is super compact, making it easy to grab on the go.
I think most of us will remember the classic 70s design, but the new packaging for the Big Pigs version has brought the game to the next generation with its oversized foam pigs and oversized board. If you’re here for nostalgia, fear not, the pigs still look exactly the same.
The oversized pig miniatures are made of foam, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them, which was a clever manufacturing decision because I’ve seen some kids hurtle these pigs like they’re throwing the first pitch for the Red Sox.
- 2 pig miniatures
- Scoring booklet
- 2 score sheets
- 2 pencils
How to Play Pass the Pigs
In this push-your-luck game, you’ll be throwing these poor little piggies, and gaining a variety of points depending on how they land. With each good throw, you’ll rack up points until you decide to cash them into your piggy bank. But if you push it too far, you’ll ‘pig out’. The first player to 100 points wins — pretty simple.
You’ll see that the pigs have a black dot on one side and this helps determine different points for different positions.
For example, A ‘pig out’ is when one pig lands on its side with the black dot, and the other pig lays on its side with no dot. You’ll lose all the points you accumulated but don’t worry, it’s only for that round.
If your pigs land on two black dots or two no dots, you’ll get one point. A razor back, meaning a pig falls on its back, gives you five points.
When the pigs land and they are touching, this is serious business, you’ll lose every point you gained in the entire game. So, definitely try to throw the dice with vengeance!
There are loads of different positions like the “trotter”, “snouter”, or the “leaning jowler” but you can keep the scoring booklet and check how many points you can cash in.
Here’s a brief summary of how the pigs score points on a roll, just in case you lost your scoring booklet.
- 1 – Sider (both pigs land on their same sides)
- 5 – Razorback (one pig lands on its back, the other on its side)
- 10 – Snouter (One pig lands on its snout and two front trotters )
- 15 – Leaning Jowler (one pig lands on its nose, ear, and one front foot)
- 40 – Double Snouter (both pigs land on their snouts)
And finally, my white whale…
- 60 – Double Leaning Jowler (both pigs are Leaning Jowlers)
There’s also a fun Hog Call element that brings a lot of excitement to the game. A player can yell out what they think the next position will be. If they predict correctly they’ll earn double points for that position as well as deducting points from the roller’s score.
Pros & Cons
- Compact and travel friendly
- Easy to learn
- No reading required (great for small kids)
I remember having so much fun with this game as a kid, and after recently playing it as an adult, It still holds up.
It’s particularly great for kids as it’s easy to learn, there’s no reading required, and kids are bound to find the pig miniatures cute! It’s also great for families because it’s so compact you could take it to restaurants with your kids or on vacations easily.
- Very simple
- A lot of downtime
When it’s not your turn there is a lot of downtime. As it’s a sheer push-your-luck game there’s also not a lot of strategy, so the game doesn’t give you much to do when it’s not your turn. But, once you gain points you can Hog Call, which I feel makes the game more engaging.
You can’t really take the game further than throwing the pigs and gaining points. If you’re out in a cabin with nothing else to do, you could maybe add your own point system. But honestly, I feel like when it comes to Pass the Pigs, you know what you’re getting, so its simplicity shouldn’t hinder you from playing, but rather embrace it.
Versions of Pass the Pigs
Pass the Pigs is honestly just good old simple fun. I’d play the game again purely for its nostalgia element. It’s a great push-your-luck game for the whole family. If you’ve got kids it’s a fun time for all. It’s travel friendly so it’ll work in a bunch of different situations.
There’s also Pass the Pigs: Party Edition. It comes with four pig dice. There’s a pink, black, brown, and tan pig included in the box. It means there’s more opportunity for scoring points and the game also includes bonus cards.
If you’ve played Pass the Pigs and are looking to change it up or for a game with a little more depth, Pass the Pigs: Party Edition might be a good option as it gives a little more room for a challenge.
We hope you enjoyed our Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs reviews. Have you tried this simple, classic dice game? Which version of Pass the Pigs is your favorite? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.