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Balloon Cup

English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2

Designer(s): Stephen Glenn

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

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Product Description

In Balloon Cup, the players compete in several short balloon flights (hops) to collect the colored cubes associated with each hop. When a player has collected enough cubes of a given color, he earns the trophy card for that color. Players may even trade 3 otherwise useless cubes for 1 they can use. The first player to earn 3 trophy cards is the winner! Each player has a hand of eight balloon cards. The players play their balloons on mountain or plain hops. Players play their high-valued balloons on the mountains and their low-valued balloons on the plains. Players usually play their balloons on their side of the hops, but winds (and cunning) can cause them to play on their opponents side, a move that can ruin their opponents plans.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2005
Games Magazine Awards
Best 2-Player Card Game, 2004
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2003
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2003

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Stephen Glenn

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

  • Artist(s): Jurgen Zimmermann

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 294 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #117

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent.


  • 45 balloon cards
  • 5 trophy cards
  • 4 hop tiles
  • 45 victory cubes
  • 1 bag
  • 1 rule booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.1 in 24 reviews

Unusually good two player game
October 07, 2007

Two player games are tough to design, because the game must be interesting and close up to the end. Balloon Cup has a great mix of luck and planning that makes it very enjoyable, with short turns and interesting decisions. Like most great games, you have many choices, and most of the time you have to pick the best of many good moves to make.

I have played this game with many no-gamers (girlfriends, mostly) and other gamers, and it's always challenging and exciting right up to the end.

Awesome Game
February 10, 2005
I agree totally with the previous review. My wife and I love to play this game. There are so many options on your play that playing the game never gets boring. Each game is totally different. A true gem as a two player game.
by Mirta G
Beautiful game
January 13, 2005
The rules of this game are simple and elegant, and design beautiful. My boyfriend and me enjoy playing it over and over. It provides some healthy tension, because winning requires equal amounts of good strategy and luck. Great for couples.

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