Before Christmas Coiledspring Games sent our cat-obsessed little lady the Kitty Bitty game to review. They have another cat-themed game that they wanted us to review. It is based on the best- selling Rat-a-Tat Cat card game. The new game is called Rat-a-Tat Roll.
*This post contains an affiliate link. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
In this game, you move around the board trying to collect cats while avoiding the rats. The cat cards are the lower scoring cards. Whereas the rat cards are the higher scoring cards. The aim of the game is to end the game with the lowest score from the cards you collect. The person with the lowest score is declared the winner.
What Will You Find Inside The Box?
- Game Board
- ‘Catue of Liberty’ pawn
- 3 Number Dice
- 1 ‘Wild’ Die
- Icon Guide Cards
- 45 Number Cards
- 15 Re-roll Tokens
Setting Up Rat-a-Tat Roll
Place the game board where you are going to play Rat-a-Tat Roll. Place the ‘Catue of Liberty’ pawn on one of the five black ‘Wild Die’ spaces. Each player must be given one Icon Guide card.
One player must then shuffle the number cards and deal each player one card. This must be placed face down. Each player can look at the vale of their card but must keep it a secret from the rest of the people playing the game.
One card must then be placed face-up around each colour region of the game board. Place the remaining cards face down in the middle, this is your draw pile.
Each player also needs to be given two re-roll tokens and then you are ready to start playing the game.
Playing Rat-a-Tat Roll
When you take your turn you must decide how far the Catue of Liberty needs to travel to collect the lowest available face-up card around the board. Depending on how far the Catue of Liberty needs to travel you can either roll 1, 2 or all 3 of the number dice to get there.
The total of the dice you roll is the number of spaces you can move the Catue of Liberty clockwise around the game board. If you aren’t happy with the total on the dice you can use one of your re-roll tokens to roll the dice again.
With the Catue of Liberty moved around the game board the next step depends on the icon you land on. The Icon Guide card will tell you which steps to take next.
When you have collected five cards for a 2 player game or 4 cards for a 3-5 players game the game has come to an end. The player with the lowest combined score from their collected cards if the winner.
What Do We Love About Rat-a-Tat Roll?
We love that Little E really embraced this game because of her love of cats. The bases of this game is math. You have to use a strategy to work out which card you want to collect. Being a fun game and one that includes cats Little E was unaware that she was also having a maths lesson.
The game takes about thirty minutes to play which also helped to keep Little E’s attention. It helps makes learning, without knowing, fun. Little E also loves this game because she is quite good at it and keeps winning!
DISCLOSURE – We were gifted Rat-a-Tat Roll for the purposes of this post. We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences of products.