If you’re looking for a fun party game to add to game night, look no further than Pling Pong, from Buffalo Games.

The objective is simple: Be the last player with cups on the board to win the game. Looks like a sweet, innocent game, right? Wrong! The Pop Insider team always takes games to the next level, and guys—this game gets INTENSE. We made alliances, decided on hard decisions to save ourselves, and totally tried to take each other down.

This fast-paced game takes some skill and strategy, but also mostly luck. Set up happens in a snap—literally—as you just have to interlock the four game trays into a grid. Each corner of the game has six colored cups, with a black cup in the middle. The cups are tiered so they’re not all on the same level.

Two to four players can play the standard game, but the more the merrier (and instructions offer six game variations for the potential to play a different game every time). In the standard four player game, each person chooses a color to stand behind. Each player gets two ping pong balls. The rules are easy: You must shoot the ball in your zone, and the ball must always bounce once in your zone. The zone is the area behind your cups.

Each round takes place when everyone gets a chance to shoot a ping pong ball twice. After all eight balls are thrown, the round is over. The goal is to eliminate other players’ cups from the board—while saving your own. Any cup with an odd number of balls are removed from the board, any cups with an even number of balls remain on the board, and any cups with no balls remain on the board.

So, if a player shoots a ball into your cup, you can cancel out that shot by trying to make it in your cup. Or, someone else can try to save you! If your ball lands in a black cup, you do the same thing and cancel out the shot by making in another shot. But, if your single ball remains in the cup, then you must remove one of your cups and everyone else gets to put one back in. This way, you can help your alliance members (if you choose to go all in and make them) bounce back (ha, I’ll be here all day) in the game.

The strategy comes in with every decision you make! You can choose to cancel out shots by trying to make it in another player’s cup, or you can go every man for him or herself style and exclusively save yourself. All players can gang up on one player (Joe), and you can even strategically land your ball in the black cup to give everyone a cup back. And, of course, when luck comes into play, you never really know where your ball will land. It gets wild.

Pling Pong is a hilarious fast-paced game filled with skill, luck, and strategy. Do yourself a favor and add it to your game shelf for a guaranteed good time every time you play!

This review was originally published on the Toy Insider. 

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Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik is the senior editor at the Pop Insider, best known as the resident Insta Queen, where she fuels her geeky heart with the latest entertainment and pop culture news. She travels to different stations in the U.S. and Canada to show all her fav products on TV! Maddie is also an editor at the Toy Insider, the leading consumer holiday gift guide and toy review and news website, and serves as the editor-in-chief of leading trade magazine The Toy Book and weekly e-newsletter Toy Report, keeping the toy industry up to date with the latest happenings. Her love for consuming media is surpassed only by her love creating it (especially when she gets to talk about her favorite things). She is a Leslie Knope in training, and you can often find her rereading the Harry Potter series with a cup of coffee in her hand and patiently waiting for the next season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. See more of Maddie on Twitter and Instagram @MaddieMichalik.