What's it all about
You are a hungry cat with nine lives. Can you survive to be the top mog? The game Cat Attack is based on the trials and tribulations of the domestic cat. The board represents a local neighbourhood. Each player has a cat that lives in its own house. Of course, each cat begins the game with nine lives; any cat that loses all of its nine lives is out of the game. (Retired to the country).
To win the game a cat must fill its larder with six items of food: a bird, a mouse, a bowl of milk from the Dairy, a box of vitamins from the Vet, a bit of fish from the Fishmonger and a tin of cat food from the Corner Shop and still have at least one life remaining. Or be the last surviving cat (when all the other cats have lost all of their nine lives).
Players are dealt a hand of 6 Mog (movement) cards; these provide the means to move the cats, birds and mice (cats also move with the throw of the die). The players can choose to move their cats and the birds and mice, along garden walls, paw prints in the grass or the roads, the roads are a lot quicker and can put you ahead in the game but there is a car to look out for. Cats can raid other cats larders and attack one another. A Curiosity (event) card is picked up when a cat lands on a Curiosity square. These cards dictate, at random, when the shops open and close and the movements of the car. Other Curiosity cards are mostly good news - but you know what curiosity did to the cat!
Playing times vary considerably as every game is different but as a rule of thumb, providing that players are familiar with the game and are not afraid to use the road, the average four player game shouldn't last much more than an hour. The road is a great way to get around quickly and thus speed up the game.
Until you develop your own strategy try heading straight for the shops before they close and not get too distracted (I know they’re hard to resist) by the birds and mice. A key part of the game is the interaction with other cats. Players can make it difficult for other cats to catch birds and mice by moving them out of reach. Cats can raid other cat’s larders either because the shops are closed or to prevent a cat from winning. In our experience, the cat that looks as though it is most likely to win very rarely does as the other cats won’t allow it.
The best way to get the game cooking is to ‘Attack’ other cats whenever possible or, though risky, to engage in ‘Cat Fights’. As lives are lost the tension builds. Attacking and fighting are great ways of getting to see opponent’s cards and stripping them of their tactical assets and a ‘Cat fight’ turns possible redundant cards into powerful weapons. For those aggressive cats out there try the rule variation of fewer items of food than there are players.
It’s time to prove your self. Are you mog or mouse? Fireball or furball?