The Three Little Pigs
#of Players: 2 – 5
Age Range: 7+
Sug. Retail: $ 24.99
Overall Construction: The box the game comes in looks like a book and seems like it was meant to be put on a bookshelf after playing it. It’s definitely not meant to travel much. The house components as well as the spinner are made of a quality pressboard like what is used in Memory games. The game comes with a small story book with the story of the 3 Little Pigs. You get 5 dice as well. The dice with the wolf on them are colored black and the other 2 are white. This helps if you are planning on trying to roll for the wolf.
Gameplay: Gameplay is pretty simple. Start by separating the different parts of the houses into piles based on their material. According to the rule book the first player is the person who has most recently seen pigs or wolves last. The first player will roll the 5 dice. They get 3 rolls to collect the part they want to add to their house. If you roll 2 of an item (door, window, or roof) you can have a straw piece, 3 of the same is a wood piece, and 4 of the same is a brick piece. If a wolf is rolled, they cannot be re-rolled. If you get 2 wolves, you get to spin the wolf spinner. Before you spin, choose a started house of an opponent, then spin the spinner, and remove any instances of the feature that was spun. If the house that is being blown on does not have any of the material spun, then they escape.
At the end, any houses without rooves do not score. Count the pigs on the remaining houses and add any bonuses. I mention bonuses because of the stack of cards that give bonuses. Example being there is a bonus for most flower pots or houses made of just 1 material. Whomever has the most points wins.
This hat is given for the high quality of the games construction. The book shaped design of this game is spectacular, but the drawback is that it doesn’t travel well, although I do not believe it was meant to travel except from between the shelf and a table to be played.
The Rules/gameplay are easy to learn and easy to teach. With minimal setup time and the randomness of piece acquirement, it’s easy to drop the game on the table to play for hours. Also because of this games randomness the game has plenty of replay value.
We took this game to our local Golden Corral and there were 3 tables of people around us with kids. The kids started watching us play it very intently, at this point we invited them to join us. There were so many kids playing and enjoying them that they started taking turns playing as one player. At one point there were so many kids playing that we essentially blocked off an entire section of the restaurant. Needless to say this game is very fun and can be enjoyed by people of all age ranges. You’ll have loads of fun playing this with friends, family, and strangers alike.
Where To Get It: This game has been out for a while and is part of a series of Bookshelf Games by iello. This should be able to be found at your local game stores or can be ordered at the store or on their website http://iellogames.com/The_Three_Little_Pigs.html