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Pop It! Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Pop It! Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective of Pop It!

The objective of Pop It! is to force your opponent to pop the last bubble.


The players play rock, paper, scissors to determine who goes first.

Playing the Game

On each player’s turn they will choose one of the rows on the gameboard. They choose how many of the bubbles in that row that they want to pop. You can choose as many or as few (has to be at least one) as you want. The bubbles you choose do not have to be next to one another. They just need to be in the row you chose.

First Player in Pop It!
The first player in the game decided to pop the four middle bubbles in the fourth row.

The next player then takes their turn. They can choose any row they want including the row that the previous player picked. The only rule is that there needs to be at least one unpopped bubble in their chosen row. They will then pop as many of the bubbles as they want in their chosen row.

Popping Bubbles
The second player has chosen the same row as the first player. They decided to pop the rest of the bubbles in the row.

The players keep taking turns choosing a row and popping bubbles.

Winning the Game

The game ends when one of the players is forced to pop the last remaining bubble. The player that pops the last bubble, loses the round.

Winning Pop It!
There is only one bubble left to be popped on the gameboard. As the next player has no other options, they will lose the current round.

Players will then play another round.

The first player to win three rounds wins the game.

Advanced Pop It!

The rules for the advanced version are the same as the normal game. There are a couple of tweaks to add a little more strategy to the game though.

When choosing bubbles in your chosen row, you can only pop bubbles that are next to one another. If there are popped bubbles in the middle of a row and unpopped bubbles on the two ends, you can only pop bubbles from one of the two ends. You can’t pop bubbles that are separated by already popped bubbles.

Advanced Game
These two players are playing the advanced game. The first player popped three bubbles in the third row. When the next player pops bubbles in the third row they can either pop bubbles on the left or right side. They cannot pop the two bubbles on the left side and the one bubble on the right side.

Year: 2014 | Publisher: Buffalo Games, FoxMind | Designer: Theora Design | Artist: NA

Genres: Abstract, Children’s

Ages: 3-10 | Number of Players: 1-2 | Length of Game: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Moderate | Luck: Light-Moderate

Components: gameboard, instructions

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