"A little bird told me you were interested in this game... then I ate him!" - Carl the Cat
Type: Card / Strategy
Publisher: DPH Games
Developers: Dan Hundycz, Jeremy Perl, Patrick Perl
Age: 8 and up
Playing Time: 20 minutes
CATS asbncvpb – released April 2016.
CATS is a secret selection, simultaneous reveal card game where you play cats in the back yard attempting to catch, steal and eat birds. As the end of the game approaches the paranoia increases. You will laugh, plot and scratch your brain! 1/2 hour. 3 to 5 players. Ages 8 and up.
MEET THE CATS!
Choose to play one of five cats. Each has a special ability that can be used once per game. Individual artists have illustrated each deck.
In CATS a sad but necessary cycle of violent predatory behavior everyone chooses from the same card types. No discarding, No luck of the draw; only choosing which action to take… it’s entirely up to you! Get as many enjoyment points as possible and win the game! Be clever and anticipate what the others will do.
The birds are placed out in the field of play (3 locations in a 2 to 4 player game and 4 locations with 5 or more players). The birds will hang out at the bird bath, in the grass, on the fence or in the trees. The bigger birds will need to be stalked before catching them and you will have to time everything just right. Once you do catch your bird you will have a choice to either press your luck and play with the bird to double its enjoyment point value or to just eat it. The more birds you play with, the more likely they are to be stolen. There are no cats that you can trust! Careful…
THE ADVANCED GAME:
A Taunt card will be added to each cat deck. This will give cats the ability to cancel other cat’s actions. Each cat will also have a special ability that they can use once per game. Each player will target another cat and a location where a bird is hanging out. A turn consists of 2 rounds. Players select 1 card for the first round and 2 cards for the second round. All players reveal their cards simultaneously in each round. Actions are resolved as in the Basic game, but now you will need to plan ahead and be wary of those Taunt card.
“The game itself is actually really, really well done. On the surface, it seems like it’s relatively simple, but there is a whole subset of psychology going on the in the game, which makes it a lot of fun to play.” – Chris Moore Co-Owner of The Game Chateau (Game Cafe) Wilkes-Barre PA
“Dan Hundycz has developed a fun, ‘programmed-turn’ card game that is approachable by anyone who enjoys games… and cats… and eating birds once they’ve been properly batted around and played with for bigger points.” – Curt Covert Smirk & Dagger Games
“I was really impressed with this game” – Princess Margaret of the Rouge Princess Squadron
“Better than Pong!” – Baldo owner of Baldo’s Armory Rochester, NY
“…a light filler that I very much enjoyed and probably will back (editors note: He did!)” – Matthew McHale Not Just Another Gaming Podcast/The Dicetower Network.
I recently received my copy of CATS and was able to play it with some friends. [The] First set of games were a big success since it is a straightforward and entertaining game in which the (un)predictiveness of your opponents’ actions can result in a surprising sequence of events. – Kwinten Kickstarter backer
Reviews from Boardgamergeek.com
PawWarriorGames New York · United States
- A great, simple game with bluffing mechanics. It’s fun to play, and the names of the birds are hilarious!