Thrift Treasure: PlingPong Game

Thrift Treasure: PlingPong Game

It’s been a long time since I’ve played Cups, the popular college drinking game played with the recognizable red Solo Cups. There are quite a few games that ask you to throw a ball into something across the table. We found Bounce It In by Tupperware almost two years ago and found it “ok”. This week we happened across one which has only been out since 2017. PlingPong by Buffalo Games seems to be the closest thing to the original Cups without the threat of a hangover.

We're training the kids for college by playing PlingPong instead of Cups. It's a lot more difficult, but also a lot more fun. It's this week's Thrift Treasure! - SahmReviews.com

PlingPong is advertised for 2-4 players, but could be enjoyed by eight if played in teams. Inside the box are nine ping pong balls, six cups in each of four player colors, one black cup and a disassembled rack of trays for arranging the cups into different heights. Assemble the trays into a grid layout, interlocking them into each other on the bottom of each tray. Arrange the player cups into individual grid sections and place the black cup into the center. Each player chooses a color and stands behind the corner of their color on the board. (Because of this requirement, PlingPong is best played on a square or round table).

We're training the kids for college by playing PlingPong instead of Cups. It's a lot more difficult, but also a lot more fun. It's this week's Thrift Treasure! - SahmReviews.com

Each person takes two of the balls and takes turns trying to get the ball into a colored cup NOT of their own color. Players must shoot from their corner of the board and the ball must bounce once before landing on the board. After all players have shot both balls, the cups are examined.

We're training the kids for college by playing PlingPong instead of Cups. It's a lot more difficult, but also a lot more fun. It's this week's Thrift Treasure! - SahmReviews.com

Any cups with an odd number of balls in it are removed from the board. Cups with an even number of balls are left in place, as are empty cups. For the black cup, if an odd number of balls are in it, those players who made that shot lose one of their lowest cups. All other players then add one cup on the lowest available space on the grid. If there are an even number of balls in the black cup, all effects are cancelled. The black cup always remains on the board.

We're training the kids for college by playing PlingPong instead of Cups. It's a lot more difficult, but also a lot more fun. It's this week's Thrift Treasure! - SahmReviews.com

The rules don’t specifically mention it, but in the interest of fairness, we passed the responsibility of first player to the next person in clockwise order for subsequent rounds. When a player has all of their cups eliminated, they do not shoot during the next round, but are technically not out yet as they can win one of their cups back if someone shoots into the black cup. After multiple rounds, the player who is the only one to have cups remaining is the winner of PlingPong!

We're training the kids for college by playing PlingPong instead of Cups. It's a lot more difficult, but also a lot more fun. It's this week's Thrift Treasure! - SahmReviews.com

Although recommended for ages 8+, this is easily a game that could be enjoyed by much younger players. You probably won’t find too many copies at thrift. Fortunately this is a game that is still available new on Amazon! If you’re still fan of the original drinking game, you’ll be happy to hear the cups in PlingPong do not have holes in them. There’s no rule that says you can’t pour your favorite liquid into them!

Were you an avid Beer Pong player?

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

30 comments on «Thrift Treasure: PlingPong Game»

  1. Josh Christian says:

    It’s been years since I played any kind of version of beer pong. I was never really good at it.

  2. Brian B says:

    I tend to play with my family, actually! Played a bunch in college, somehow without getting any good at it at any point, haha

  3. Brenden says:

    It’s been ages since I’ve played a similar game.

  4. Jordan Binkerd says:

    I’ve actually never played anything like this. College was “dry,” i.e. no alcohol, so there was little point….

  5. Giggles Giggles says:

    The last time I played a game like this was a couple years ago.

  6. Sue E says:

    I was thinking of the beer, cup and ball games that we used to play at some parties. Which has been years for me. I really do not find this game to be a family game for us.

  7. Tony Platz says:

    It has been a long time I think it was at a county fair .

  8. Michael Shea says:

    Not avid but I have played.

  9. KC says:

    The last time I played one of these was definitely with beer in college.
    This version really reminds me of those games at a carnival or county fair though.

  10. Chad says:

    College, over 20 years ago

  11. Jason Lees says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever played a game like this, unless you count the carnival have where you flip rubber frogs into cups. I won a prize on that once!

  12. James Hamilton says:

    It’s been about a year since I think I played water pong.

  13. Paul Benson says:

    High school for me.

  14. Brian K says:

    Never played anything like this in my memory. Must’ve had too much to drink…

  15. Vinc Lacou says:

    The closest I’ve played to this indoor is a game called Smak. It’s great fun. Otherwise I play some lawn games like Kubb, Washer Toss, etc.

  16. McKnight says:

    The last time I played something like this was at the San Diego County Fair a couple of years ago. They used to give away goldfish if the ball went in any bowl but now you get a stuffed animal but only f the ball goes into a special colored bowl.

  17. Ruth says:

    So many years ago i can’t even guess.

  18. Anthony P Moss says:

    Looks like fun

  19. Emanuele Valente says:

    I made a Bra pong for bachellorete party of a friend, this was the last time!!

  20. Kelly VanAuken says:

    Played some beer pong earlier this year.

  21. Mitchell D says:

    Never have played this type of game

  22. Rachael DeBates says:

    I played Beer Pong like 10 years ago!

  23. Fred Jones says:

    I’ve never heard of this game. Sounds like it could be interesting…

  24. Caroline Lennek says:

    The last time I played a game like this was on the Boardwalk at Seaside Heights, NJ over 40 years ago….fond memory!

  25. Krista says:

    I’ve not played something like this for about 20 years…

  26. Dane Trimble says:

    I think my kids would really dig this.

  27. Lauryn R says:

    I played a lot at parties when I was younger, but never was very good. This sounds like it would be a lot if fun to play with my kids!

  28. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    Back in college days is the last time playing beer pong…

  29. James says:

    I don’t think I have played a game like this!

  30. Hoa Do says:

    I haven’t played a game like this in several years.

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