Would you believe that we discontinued this item at one time? Then friends and the Mensa Hall of Fame urged us to give it a try. Fun, fun, fun. We've played at home every night for a week. This is a game that can be played by children as young as 6. All of us are over 13, but still enjoy it. We have customers who are on their second or third set, having worn out previous decks. Mechanics of play are unusual but simple to learn.
You are trying to end the game with the fewest points on your four face-down cards. One wrinkle is that you may only peek at two of your cards as the game begins. Draw a card from the pile, then choose whether to discard it or substitute for one of your 4 cards. Because you sometimes do not know what a card in your hand is, you may put a pretty good card into your own hand and end up discarding a great card for the next player. On the other hand, a "Swap" card sometimes allows you to do the "pole cat pass" where you stick an opponent with one of your lousy cards while making off with his low point cards. "Peek" and "Draw Two" power cards turn up occasionally, allowing players to maneuver and strategize further. Witty pictures of cats (the good guys--low points) and rats (bad guys--high points) illustrate each of the 54 cards. Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award and the 1996 Mensa Best New Mind Game.
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