Rat-a-Tat Cat designed by Ann and Monty Stambler, published by Gamewright
A game of suspense, strategy, and anticipation. Get rid of the rats and go for the cats! Sneak a peek, draw two, or swap cards for an added twist. In Rat-a-Tat Cat, less is always better, and you want to go out with the lowest score. Can you remember the numbers on the other players’ cards? Can you keep a poker face, but notice when another player looks pleased? Sharpen your memory and your timing, and have fun with the cool cats and bad rats of Rat-a-Tat Cat.
This is a great family game, recommended for ages 6 and up. Basically at the beginning, each player is dealt four face-down cards. You can only look at two of them though. By drawing and replacing the cards, swapping, and peeking, each player tries to get the lowest score they can. When someone calls Rat-a-Tat Cat at the end of their turn, each other player gets one more turn, then the lowest score wins.
We’ve had this game for a few years now and still love it. What’s nice is that kids and adults are more or less on the same playing field. We don’t have to play down to Amber; she has just as much a chance of winning as we do. And it’s a lot of fun. It’s quick so we can play if we onlyhave a few minutes, or we can play several rounds, which is what usually happens. The cat and rat theme is cute, too.
I would have to say that this is a wonderful game for families with elementary school-age children. Purchase it here.