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Love Pigs is a party game for 4-14 players, simple, fast and funny. Is the perfect game, if you want to laugh for a quarter of hour with your friends, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, aunts, uncles, grandparents or simply... other gamers!
Love Pigs is played in teams of two. You must recognize your teammate with questions or by touching him/her.
But beware of the other players! They will try to block you in every way!
Look at the funny images on the cards, and be inspired to find the best question to recognize your teammate, or better... your Love Pig!
- 55 cards:
- 43 character cards
- 12 pigs cards
- 1 rules sheet
Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
Leave it to Angelo Porazzi to come up with the odd ideas and name for LovePigs (Post Scriptum, 2007 - Angelo Porazzi). Using his delightful artsmanship, Angelo has created a game that is visually appealing, and using pictures of pigs to create a party game in which players find out how much they know about each other. Rather than be yet another game in which a list of "What's his favorite color?" questions appear, LovePigs is instead a game in which players choose the questions.
It actually is quite a clever, small party game. As long as the group playing the game is exuberant and creative, I can see LovePigs becoming a big hit. Many groups will likely not be as interested in the somewhat embarrassing expansion, but this can easily be dropped without any noticeable difference. People "gaming" the system will likely be taken care of in the game itself, and it's a good choice if you are heading to a party and only have a pocket to spare.
In LovePigs, players split into groups of two - with people who at least know something about each other. A deck of forty-three character cards is shuffled, and the youngest player starts the game.
On a player's turn, they draw the top card from the deck and read the name on it ("Pigrobot", "Musicpig", "BenKenopig", "Pighost", etc.) They then ask a question to their partner that has something to do with the card they've drawn - whether the name, the picture, or just the feeling it evokes. Questions would be similar to "What's my favorite science fiction movie?", "What is one topping I hate on pizza?", etc. The player being asked the question either leaves the room or covers their ears, and then each player in the game, including the asker, tells an answer to the question. One player writes the answers down. The asked player then rejoins the group, and another player randomly reads all the given answers to them. They then choose one; and if they choose the one of the person who asked them, they receive one point, winning the card to show this. If they choose the answer of another player, then THAT player gets the card. The game continues until one player reaches a predetermined amount of points, at which point they win the game!
The advanced version of the game adds in twelve pig cards. These cards show two pigs, touching together two parts of their body. (nose to finger, belly to hand, butt to butt, etc.) One player is blindfolded when these cards appear, and each other player must touch them - with them guessing the one who is their partner. A couple other "sound" cards are also included, which means each player must make a noise (like alien scream), with the one player guessing who their partner was.
In both versions, players must ask reasonable questions, as the other player can "boo" them down at any point for cheating or asking something that really goes against the spirit of the game. Players can also pressure someone who is taking too long to choose now! Either way, the game is to be played in a completely party spirit style.
Some comments on the game…
- Components: LovePigs comes in a very small tuck box, with good
quality cards included. I've always enjoyed Angelo's artwork; and
he's done it again here, adding in cartoony pig pictures that are very
funny and add to the level of humor in the game. I especially like
"The Ping" (A pig + the Thing from the Fantastic Four), and the
vibrant colors of the card help the funny atmosphere the game
provides. It's very portable, although a player will likely need
paper and pencils and a blindfold to get the game to work easily.
- Rules: The rules are written on eight small pages and are very
clear, especially as the game is essentially a party game that is very
light and easy. Usually Porazzi's games have a poor translation, but
this one is quite easy to go through. Players will argue over what
questions exactly can be asked, but the rules are clear that the
decision is left solely up to the players.
- Questions: The cards seem simple at first, but between the
picture and the name, a variety of questions can be asked. One does
need to watch for canny players, however, who will ask questions in
such a way as to leave only one correct answer. I actually think that
the game is best played when partners know each other as friends -
with some room for error. A close couple can do extremely well,
although I've seen some "sure" answers fail.
- Humor and Fun Factor: The game was meant to be humorous - just
look at the name! The questions that get asked are silly, and the
answers are often hilarious. Everyone has a great time, and it's a
terrific moment when a close couple picks the wrong answer, to the
amazement of their partner. Anyone who takes LovePigs seriously is
bound for disappointment; it's a fluff, light game - one in which
people really have to let down their hair.
- Uncomfortable: That being said, the advanced game may push people
beyond their limits. I'm sure there are some groups who don't mind
touching belly to belly with everyone at the table, but most people I
know wouldn't ever attempt such a thing. Some may scoff at this and
laugh at American/Korean culture, but I really think that most folk
aren't going to want to do the advanced game. Fortunately, LovePigs
works just fine in the basic version.
Really, LovePigs isn't going to be a game that satisfies everyone. The lack of structured questions is going to be a stumbling block to those who need strict organization in their games. Folks who like a free spirited, more creative game will enjoy LovePigs much more, as they can pick the questions. Even more free-spirited folks will enjoy the advanced game - although not with me.
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