Pinata Review


Pinata is a game by Stephen Glenn published by Rio Grande Games.  It is for 2 players.  It is a reimplementation of his game, Balloon Cup, also published by Rio Grande Games.  In this game, players are trying to collect enough candy pieces of a particular color to earn a medal card.  The player who is able to collect 3 of the 5 medal cards is the winner.  To begin the game, you place the 4 large mats depicting a pinata on the table in numerical order from 1 to 4.  It doesn’t matter which side is face up.  The candies are mixed in a bag and placed on each mat.  1 on mat 1, 2 on mat 2 and so forth.  You then shuffle the cards and deal eight to each player, placing the remaining cards face down as a draw deck.  You will also place the 5 medal cards on the table.  Play then begins.  The first player will place one of his cards on his side of the mat up to the number that is on the mat and the color of candy on the mat.  He then draws the top card and play switches to the other player.  Players can also play on the other player’s side of the mat if there is already the correct number of cards on their side.  Play will continue until there is the correct amount of cards on both sides of a mat.  At this point, scoring occurs.  Players count up the numbers on the cards on their side of a mat.  Depending on whether the mat showed a down or up arrow, determines who wins the candies on the mat.  The mat is then flipped to the opposite side and new candies are drawn from the bag and placed on it.  Play then resumes with the player that lost the last mat.  This back and forth continues until a player has enough of one color of candy to win a medal.  The first player to win 3 medals wins.

For such a small game, the components are top quality.  I absolutely love the brightly colored wooden candies with bag included.  It is SO much fun to pull those candies out of the bag.  The cards are very nice quality and the mats are super thick and sturdy with bright colors on them.  Over all, the components in this game are superb.
9 out of 10

The rulebook only consists of 4 pages with pictures included.  The rules are concise and easy to understand.  I had no trouble reading or understanding anything.  Definitely a good rulebook.
9 out of 10

I must admit, I didn’t expect this game to be as much fun as it was.  Pulling the candies from the bag, was a lot of fun.  The high quality components made me excited to play it.  Drawing candies from the bag, was fun as I waited to see what colors I would go for.  It seemed that 3 was my lucky number as I almost always won my candies from that particular mat.  It was not a very long game but it definitely held my attention every minute.  A very light game with tons of fun included that even younger kids can enjoy.
9 out of 10

Pinata is a really fun game of hand management and set collection.  This is one that the kids, as well as adults will enjoy.  With plenty of decisions on where to place your cards and what cards to play, this game has a bit of take that feel to it.  The cute artwork had my son and I laughing our way throughout the game.  I can’t recommend this game enough.  If you’re looking for a game that works well for all ages, this is the one.  I promise you will enjoy it as much as we did.
9 out of 10




About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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