Sapo Game  history

Sapo is played throughout South America and Europe, and SAPO USA is working to introduce this popular game into the United States. It is a game often compared to foosball or indoor hockey, but it has a long history of play and even relates to legends in South American history.

SAPO goes by many names in the countries where it is played:

  • “Jogo de Sapo” in Portugal
  • “Jeu d’ la Grenouille” in France
  • “Tonspel” or “Pudebak” in Belgium
  • “La Rada” in Catalonia
  • “Rana” in Spain
  • and a variety of names where it is popular in Columbia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru

The legend of SAPO in the Lake Titicaca region bordering Bolivia and Peru is that the Inca royal king would come to the Lake and try to gain the attention of the Sapo by throwing gold pieces into the lake. In historic times El Sapo (the frog or toad) was known for their magical powers. It was believed that if El Sapo caught a gold piece in its mouth a wish would be granted and the frog would transform into solid gold. The Inca king built a large golden statue of El Sapo to celebrate all the wishes which had been granted. The royal court invented the game of SAPO and announced the game with shouts of “Pukllay Sapu” or “Playing Sapo”!

For our user guide for how the game is played, and for warranty and safety information.

SAPO USA offers a variety of SAPO games to suit all ages and budgets. We hold three patents on our SAPO games and would love to have you share in the fun. Our motto is “Once you SAPO you can’t Stop-O!”