To set the game up, there is a percentage of assembly to be done, with sticker labels to carefully stick on to decorate the barrel and base.
Press the pirate down and he locks into the barrel in such a method that he will be turned up arbitrarily when a sword is pressed in-- and no one knows which sword will be the one!
Players choose a set of swords of their preferred colour and take it in turns to pick a slot, hoping that they won't be the one to make the pirate appear with a start. As soon as the pirate has actually been popped, the staying gamers take out their swords and begin to play again up until just the winner is left. Each time you push the pirate back into the barrel, the hole which will make the him appear changes, making Pop-Up Pirate a tense and interesting game where you never understand who is going to be the one to release the pirate into space.--Rachel Ediss
2 to 4 gamers.