THE BASICS

Popongo is a game in which players take turns tossing foam balls into cups on a platform which have different point values, collect as many points as possible and once you win, Popongo!

HOW TO PLAY

2 players on 1 board, 9 cups, and 5 balls each player (different color balls). Cups are worth different points based on their color.  Players alternate tossing the balls into the cups. At the beginning of each game, your opponent can rearrange your cups in order to make your throws easier or more difficult. First team to hit 50 (or whatever the participants set as the winning score) wins, and once you win - Popongo! Winner has to score the winning points exactly to win.

Boards

- 1 board, 2 players - players stand on the same side 15ft from the board

- Younger or older players can choose to stand closer (10ft)

- 2 boards, 4 players, 2 on each team - Team members throw from opposite sides

Balls

- 5 balls per player.  Different color each player/team.

- Players will take alternating turns until all 5 balls from each player have been thrown.

Cups

- 9 colored cups per board. Each color is worth the amount of points on the cup

- Green = 6, Yellow = 4, Red = 2, Blue = 1, Black = The Equalizer!

- Players can arrange the layout of their own or opponents' cups at the beginning of a game.

Equalizer (Black Cups)

When it hinders:

- During the game, if a player lands in an equalizer, they will lose the points earned from the immediate previous throw in that turn.

- Example: if a player throws and hits 2 points and then the immediate next throw, they hit the equalizer, they lose the 2 points earned from the previous throw.

- If you land in an Equalizer TWICE in the same turn, you lose the rest of the throws you have left for that turn

- When it helps:

- If you’ve gone over the number of points to win, just sink an Equalizer with one of your remaining throws for that turn and the overage points are automatically subtracted giving you the winning number, Popongo!. If you are not able to hit the Equalizer with the rest of the balls in that turn, you go back to half the winning score. Brutal but that’s the game!

FULL RULES

- Players will take alternating turns until all 5 balls from each player have been thrown.

- If a ball is thrown and it bounces off the board and rolls all the way back to the feet of the player who threw it, they can throw it again. They cannot walk to the ball, it has to come all the way back to them.

- Score 1 point if you toss the ball and it gets stuck on the board in between two cups.

- Game is to 50 (or whatever the participants want to set as the winning score). Winner has to score the winning points exactly to win. Once you win, yell Popongo!