Spud has started showing a great interest in board games and is becoming a dab hand at taking turns. When Drumond Park Games offered us Pig Goes Pop! to review I knew he would be excited. As soon as he saw the box he was jumping up and down like a loon so we decided to have a go straight away.
After a quick scan of the instructions I figured that the object of the game was to roll the dice and then choose a hamburger of that colour. On the underside on the Hamburger is a number which is the number of times that you need to press his head down to ensure that he swallows his mouthful. With every pump on his head his tummy expands and eventually he will be so full that he will pop – the belt on his jacket pops open.
There is no assembly required as the Pig comes in one part. You simply twist his tail (to let the air out) and make sure his jacket is done up. We also had a selection of burgers and the dice all of which can be stored inside the pig so it keeps the pieces safe.
Spud got the concept pretty quickly and he battled against Spike (with my help) and me. He was squealing with laughter when the Pig popped and it was a good learning resource for number recognition and colours. Spike really liked feeding the Hamburgers but is a little bit too young to appreciate games. Personally I wasn’t keen on the concept but the laughter from Spud was enough to tell me that it was a good game. I’m not sure it would hold older children’s attention quite as much as it did Spud’s especially as there weren’t that many opportunities to pump his head before he popped making the game play quite short.
When they aren’t playing with it Spike treats the Pig like his baby and feeds him constantly giving him cuddles and patting him on the belly. Pig Goes Pop! retails for £19.99 which I think is a little bit pricey for what he does but with the extra uses that Spike has found it softens the blow a little.