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Hackin’ Packin’ Alpaca Board Game Rules Explained With Pictures

Hackin’ Packin’ Alpaca Board Game Rules Explained With Pictures

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The objective of Hackin’ Packin’ Alpaca is to be the first player to place all of their items on Al the Alpaca.


  • Push on the tab on the saddle to remove it from the alpaca. Remove the bottle and fill it with water.
  • Attach the bottle to the back of the alpaca. Keep pushing down on the bottle until it clicks into place. Attach the saddle to Al’s back by putting the front tab in first, and then push down until it clicks.
  • Place Al in a position where all of the players can reach Al’s saddle and the head can be turned towards each player.
  • Divide the pieces equally between all of the players. You do not have to divide the items by their color.
  • The youngest player starts the game.

How to Play Hackin’ Packin’ Alpaca 

To begin your turn you will turn Al’s head towards you. You will then press down on the head as far as it will go. This starts the timer.

Starting your turn in Hackin' Packin' Alpaca
To start your turn you will turn the alpaca’s head so it faces you. You will then press down on the top of the head.

You have a couple seconds in order to place one of your items on Al’s Back. After you place the item you have to press hard on his head in order to stop the timer.

Placing an object on the alpaca
The first player has placed the chair on the alpaca.

Should any items fall off as you are trying to place one of your items, you will have to take any of the items that fell along with the object that you were trying to place. All of these items are added to your pile of objects that you still have to place.

Dropping an object in Hackin' Packin' Alpaca
When they were trying to place an object, the current player knocked two objects off the alpaca. They will have to pick up both objects and add them to their pile.

Should you take too long to place the item and press down on the head, Al will spit at you. In this case you will take your item back and add it to your collection.

If you place the item quick enough and press down on the head, you have completed your turn. Play passes to the next player in turn order. Rotate Al’s head to face the next player.

Winning the Game 

The first player to place their last item on Al wins the game.

Hackin’ Packin’ Alpaca FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play the game, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Hackin' Packin' Alpaca


  • Al Paca the Alpaca
  • 16 Stacking Pieces
  • Instructions

Year: 2019 | Publisher: Mattel | Designer: Jessica Smith Yu

Genres: Children’s, Dexterity

Ages: 5+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 5-15 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High

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