OBJECTIVE OF PIGGY BANK: Have the most coins by the end of the game

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 – 4 Players

CONTENTS: 56 cards, 18 coins

TYPE OF GAME: Shedding Card Game

AUDIENCE: Ages 4 – 6


Piggy Bank is a hand shedding game that challenges players to play cards from their hands without making the discard pile go over a certain limit.  The player that goes over the limit loses the round and one of their gold coins.  The player with the most gold coins at the end of the round is the winner.

Originally published in 1953 as an educational game, it is now published by Hoyle and is great for children to practice basic addition facts.


Included in the box are 11 Piggy Bank cards, 40 Coin cards, 2 Pig Out cards, 2 Oink-Oink cards, and 16 Gold Coins.


To set up for the game, separate the blue Piggy Bank cards from the deck.  Shuffle them and place them face down in the center of the table.  Turn the top card over and put it face up on top of the pile.  This card indicates the total amount within the Piggy Bank.  Players should not go over this amount.

Shuffle the rest of the cards including the Coins, Pig Out cards, and the Oink-Oink cards.  Deal five to each player.  The rest of the cards are placed face down to form the stock.  Turn over the stock’s top card to reveal the first Running Total pile card.

Give each player an even number of coins.  Any leftover coins are placed aside.


During the game, each player will be choosing a card from their hand to add to the Running Total pile.  Players are trying not to go over the value of the Piggy Bank.


The youngest player goes first.  They choose one card from their hand and add it to the Running Total pile.  That player announces the new running total.  If it helps, cards can be staggered so all of the previously played cards are visible.  The same player finishes their turn by drawing a card from the stock.


When a Pig Out card is played, the Running Total automatically equals the Piggy Bank amount.  A Pig Out card can still be played even when the Running Total already equals the Piggy Bank amount.


The Running Total automatically equals zero when this card is played.


Play continues as described until a player plays a card that takes the Running Total over the Piggy Bank amount.  When this occurs, that player must give up one of their gold coins.  This also ends the round.

To begin a new round, place the Piggy Bank card on the bottom of its pile and turn a new card over.  Shuffle the Running Total pile back into the stock and deal out five new cards to each player.  Continue playing rounds until one player is out of coins.  This ends the game.


At the end of the game, the player with the most coins is the winner.  If there is a tie, all players with coins remaining continue to play until there is a winner.

Mark Ball
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