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- Children's card game that helps develop timing and basic mathematical concepts
- Teaches strategy, memory building, and addition
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award; Mensa 1996 Best New Mind Game Award
- Includes 54 rat, cat, and power cards
- For 2 to 6 players
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Top Customer Reviews
Rat-a-tat Cat is a fast paced card game where the object is hold the minimum number of points. It has much in common with certain types of poker games and children's card games such as "go-fish". The fast paced nature of the game both decreases boredom (especially for parents) while giving children the maximum opportunity to try out their addition skills. My guess is that children between the ages of 5-7 will learn the most from this game, but it can be enjoyed by all ages.
Finally, Rat-a-Tat Cat is easily portable. It can be played anywhere you can play cards. This makes it great for airplanes, car backseats, or the kitchen table.
Each player is dealt 4 cards face down.
You line up the cards in front of you face down.
you are allowed to look at the two cards on the end, but not the cards in the middle.
you take turns drawing a card from the pile in the middle(which is face down) or picking the card on the top of the discard pile(which is face up. You try to exchange your higher numbered cards for lower numbers. You try to get all four cards as low as possible (0 to 9) and then you shout out Rat a 'tat CAt. Everyone gets one more chance and then you add up the points. A score keeper records adds up the points for each player.
The object of the game is to get the lowest number of points by adding up all 4 cards at the end of the round. We ussually play to 50 or 100 points, as people get to 50 points they would be out of the game. Each time there is a round the dealer shuffles the entire deck and passes out 4 more cards per player. Each person gets a turn to deal.
There are peek cards, allowing you to peek at a card that you may not now.
There are draw 2 cards, giving you two chances to get a low number card, If you don't want the card you draw you just place it face up on the discard pile.
There are swap cards, allowing you to swap a card with another player, so paying attention is important.Read more ›
It's simple enough to learn, but there is enough challenge in it to keep even an adult guessing. Rat-a-Tat-Cat was a gift to our family, but when my youngest daughter (age 4 or 5 at the time) got the hang of it, it became her favourite and here's why: 1)Though she was just learning numbers, she could understand the game, 2)The guessing part of the game put her on equal par with adults, to her delight. 3)Even for a busy adult, it's easy enough to sit down and play this game and actually can be relaxing. 4) If a guest came over, my daughter was able to explain the game rules to the guest and soon she'd have even teenage guys sitting cross-legged on the floor trying to get rid of the rats. Good ice-breaker.
Simply put, rats are bad, cats are good. High points ~ you don't want them. The higher the number on the card, the more rat-power in the drawing. Zero is the best, with rats gone and a cat installed as a happy Statue of Liberty. The drawings are whimsical & clever.
The reason it's a success as a game for all ages is because though it appears simple, there is the element of not knowing what your cards are and even if you peek (with permission), opponents can take your best away from you. So, if you don't mind losing to a kid and making that kid's day, as well as having a laugh, go ahead and get this game. My daughter is older now and we still play it. She's also learned to be a good loser :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kids love it, even when they are older, they change 9 to be 0 and change the rules up, they still love this game at 14 years oldPublished 9 days ago by Deborah
My 6 year olds LOVE this game! It's easy enough that they can play among themselves, but fun enough that my husband and I enjoy joining in as well. Read morePublished 11 days ago by KDW
Have no idea how to play this game - the directions don't make sense to us.Published 16 days ago by fotopug
Great quick playing game with simple instructions. Good for young kids. You just have to remember number 0-9.Published 27 days ago by Dbentle