At Spiel in Essen 2013 IELLO introduced the start of a new series of book-shelf games, with the emphasis on book - the new
boxes are styled as books, open as a book and, to the best of my knkowledge, the title of each game is that of a book or story.
I would think that everyone knows the story of the THREE LITTLE PIGS, but if you haven't heard it there is an 8 page booklet
which tells the tale and sets up the game.
Following the story the game has tiles that represent the building materials of three house types, Brick, Wood and Straw. These
houses have Door, Window and Roof sections, 4 of each for the various materials; 4 Straw Doors, 4 Wood Doors and 4 Brick
The building material tiles are shuffled in their separate stacks and placed on the table in three columns, each made of three rows.
The first column has the Straw materials, the second column the Wood materials and the third column has the Brick materials.
Similarly the top row has three stacks of Roofs, the middle row 3 stacks of Windows and the bottom row 3 stacks of Doors.
The building sections show 2, 3 or 4 pigs on them depending on the material, 2 for Straw, 3 for Wood and 4 for Brick which
denote the number of same symbols on the dice required to buy the sections. Players get to roll the 5 pink dice up to 3 times,
keeping and/or re-rolling the symbols.You can purchase one or more house sections if you have the required symbols showing
when you stop rolling. However if you roll a Wolf symbol you must keep it (it cannot be rerolled) and if you at any time have
2 Wolf symbols showing then you cannot purchase a section, instead you get to Blow the spinner and try to destroy one or more
sections of an opponent's house. You can flip the spinner with your finger but according to the story the Wolf huffs and puffs so
blowing is more in keeping with the theme - also it's a lot more fun.
Houses do not have to be all of the same building material and must begin with a Door or a Window. They can only have one
Door, can have several Windows but only one Roof. You can add sections of any building material to a house until the house is
completed - once a Roof is added no other sections can be added. Some of the Door sections have flower pots for added bonus
VPs on the final scoring. Prior to adding a roof you can build onto Windows with other Windows, onto Doors with Windows
and under Windows you can add a single Door.
When the scoring occurs there are +2 Awards given for being the first player to build each same material house and +3 Awards
for having the Tallest building at the end of the game, the Most buildings at the end of the game and the most Flowerpots; plus
you get VPs for each completed house and VPs for every building section depending on its type. Of course there are no points
given for any house or section or flowerpot that isn't completed (ie does not have a Roof). Once you are given an Award you
cannot lose it. There is a game variant that puts more emphasis on gaining these Awards but in my opinion this adds nothing
significant to the play or enjoyment of the game.
We have had a lot of fun with players of all ages with Three Little Pigs, far more than most of us expected from the title and theme.
The game mechanic is simple enough being as it is each player rolls the dice on their turn and, like Yahtzee or Greed, they keep
or reroll dice in an attempt to have the required symbols displayed. This results in them either being able to build one or more
house sections, attempt to destroy a part, parts or all of an opponent's house (completed houses are not safe), or the dice roll does
not show the required symbols. The symbols do not have to be all used, thus if you roll 3 Doors you can take a Straw Door which
costs 2 Door symbols or you can take a Wood Door wihich requires all 3 symbols; you would need 4 Door symbols for a Brick Door.
Depending on the number of players the game ends when a number of Tile stacks runs out, thus one of the strategies is to build many
sections of the same material thus causing a speedy exhaustion. Another tactic is to attempt to roll Wolf Heads on the dice so you can
destroy opponent's houses.
Three Little Pigs is designed by Laurent Pouchain and features the art of Xavier Collette. The English version has been translated by
Nathan Morse from the original French language.