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Pop-Up Pirate! Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Pop-Up Pirate! Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play


The objective of Pop-Up Pirate! is to be the last player remaining in the game.


  • Place the barrel/game unit in the middle of the table.
  • Insert the pirate into the top of the game unit and twist it. If you placed the pirate correctly, it should lock into place.
  • Place the swords in the middle of the table where everyone can reach them.
  • Choose a player to start the game. The players will take turns throughout the game.
Setup for Pop-Up Pirate!

Playing Pop-Up Pirate!

On your turn choose a sword from the table. Then choose an empty slot in the barrel. When you are ready insert the sword into the chosen slot in the barrel.

What happens next depends on if the pirate pops out of the barrel.

If the pirate remains in the barrel, your turn is over. The next player then takes their turn.

Inserting sword into the barrel.
The first player added a yellow sword to the barrel. As the pirate didn’t jump out of the barrel, play passes to the next player.

If the pirate jumps out of the barrel, the current round ends. For making the pirate jump out of the barrel, you are eliminated from the game. The players will reset the game unit by removing all of the swords and putting the pirate back into the barrel.

Pirate popped out of barrel.
When the most recent player inserted a sword into the barrel, the pirate popped out. The player who inserted the last sword is eliminated from the game.

Winning Pop-Up Pirate!

The game ends when all but one player have been eliminated from the game. The last remaining player wins the game.

Components for Pop-Up Pirate!

Year: 1975 | Publisher: Tomy

Genres: Action, Children’s

Ages: 3+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 5-10 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High

Components: Game Unit, Pirate, 24 Swords (4 colors), Instructions

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