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Pass the pigs game review – travel set and giant game

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Games. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that they can be great for family life. A chance to have some fun, relax (or maybe not if everyone gets competitive), and a way to get all ages involved.  For me, the retro games are still the best – especially if you’ve got the old versions still hanging around cupboards.  It’s rare that the modern versions are as sturdy as the old ones.

I love reminiscing about the old games we used to play. When we were sent Pass the Pigs to review, it made me smile when I opened it up.  My brother and I used to have it and loved playing it, so it’s been nice to play it again and introduce it to N.

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We were sent 2 versions of the game. The travel version which is the one I remember but with an updated case, and the giant inflatable garden Pass the Pigs game.

Travel Pass the Pigs game

If you’re not aware of Pass the Pigs, it’s a game that can be played with 2-4 people. Each person takes it in turn to throw or roll the pigs, and you score depending on the position.  It seems I was good at rolling the pigs on their backs which N wasn’t impressed about. He kept adding scores to his even though he wasn’t as successful.

pass the pigs contents

The travel game set comes with 2 small pigs, score pad and pencils, and instructions.  The case is secure, and is a good size for slipping into a handbag or luggage.  N was a big fan of the set, so I can see him bringing it on holiday with us regularly.

rolling the pass the pigs dice

Giant Pass the Pigs game

The alternative option for Pass the Pigs is the new giant version.  N loved the pigs – he just wanted to cuddle them rather than play, although he did enjoy trying to get them to land on their backs.

loving the giant pass the pigs

This comes in a bag with a scoring pad and pencils again, with the 2 inflatable pigs. It doesn’t take long to inflate them, and they’re not so big that they’d take over a garden. So they’re great for some garden fun in the summer.

What I like about Pass the Pigs (apart from the comedy value of trying to get them into the impossible position on the score card!), is that for children it’s a great way to encourage them to do maths without them realising.  N wanted to be the scorer each time, so he was able to practise his 5 times tables.

The giant set would be great for parties or having friends over in the summer outsite.

You can buy the game from the usual toy shops, the Pass the Pigs travel set and the giant Pass the Pigs set.

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  1. I have two favourite childhood games, the first is connect four because it was the only game I almost always won! But I always loved playing cards. It was a Sunday afternoon family time thing we did every week.

  2. We have an old game called Jaws where you fill the sharks’ mouth up with items and take it in turns to remove them. When it closes, whoever it was that made it shut is the loser. Ours doesn’t work any more, so we do it with dice and still take the items out but whoever rolls a 6 is the loser. 🙂 Looking for another one now that works. 🙂 We also like ROTADRAW although not a game.

  3. mouse trap, i still have mine from the 70’s always goes off when it shouldnt and sticks when it should… thats the fun of it

  4. I still have Snakes and Ladders and Ludo which were the only board games I had as child. I played with my children and now with my grandchildren. We all love to play them 🙂

  5. one of my favorite games was ker plunk also loved mouse trap and a similar game called haunted house

  6. SImon says ! Electronic game (red, blue, yellow and green buttons) you match the tune/pattern , loved this game as a kid x

  7. At the moment my favourite is Happy Families. I found an old pack in a charity shop and there are a couple missing but they are so delightfully non-PC that we are getting a lot of amusement from them 😉

  8. At the moment my 7 year old and 6 year old have just learned to play draughts so loving challenging them to play 🙂

  9. Snakes and ladders because it is suitable for all ages meaning the whole family down to the youngest can join in

  10. We love the Orchard Games, Feed the Gorilla is a particular favourite with my boys who like making the gorilla burp (typical boys!)

  11. Snakes and ladders is our favourite retro game because it is a game of chance so all the family can win.

  12. I’ve always loved the seventies game “Sorry”. Managed to get it at a yard sale and kids love it too!

  13. Snakes and Ladders – takes me back to sitting in a caravan on rainy dayswith lots of laughter and steamed up windows

  14. MouseTrap! because it brings back fond memories of my childhood, and the excitement of days at school when we could bring games in to play with our friends (I never actually owned it myself!)

  15. I love Ghost Castle – we recently found one in a charity shop. It reminds me so much of my childhood!

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