ToysBulletin.com reviews a new card game from Fireside Games.
“Here, Kitty, Kitty!” is a game for 3-6 players suggested for ages 10 years old and up. The game has a great premise…it seems that there is an abundance of cats loose in the neighborhood, and this cat-loving community is filled with families competing against each other to lure as many of the cats as possible to their property. Players will earn points for the cats that are brought to their porch or house, and the player with the most points will win the game.
The game includes 6 property cards, each measuring 6″ x 6″ and each featuring their own yard, porch and house. There are 51 game cards, 6 player-aid cards and of course, 40 little plastic cats (10 in each of 4 colors–black, grey, orange and white). To set things up, each player receives a property card and is dealt 3 cards from the shuffled game card deck. Certain “Instant” game cards that can impact all players are not dealt to the players at the beginning of the game, but are placed in the deck afterwards. The 40 cats are spread around the middle of the table, and the remaining cards are placed face down nearby.
To begin, players alternate turns by performing 2 of 3 potential actions. A player can choose to do the same action twice to complete his two allowed actions.
The first action is moving 1 of the cats. For instance, a cat (of any color) can be moved from the middle of the table (neighborhood) to the yard on a player’s property. It should be noted that during a move action, the cat can not only be moved from neighborhood to yard, but also from yard to porch or porch to house.
The second action is to play 1 game card from a player’s hand, with an opportunity to move, steal, lure, protect or in some way provide an advantage to the player.
The third action is to discard 1-3 of the cards from a player’s hand.
Lastly, to end a player’s turn, he draws from the game card deck enough cards to bring his hand back to 3 cards. If any of the ‘Instant” cards are drawn along the way, every player must comply with the instructions on the card immediately.
After the final game card is drawn from the deck, and every player gets a last turn, the game ends and it is time for scoring. Points are awarded based on how many cats are on a player’s property, with more points earned for cats in the house vs on the porch. No points are awarded if the cats are only in a player’s yard. Accumulating cats of the same color earn bonus points, and having cats of every color also provides points.
The Toys Bulletin staff thoroughly enjoyed playing “Here, Kitty, Kitty!” The cards are the key to the game and the names and actions shown on the cards are clever and just plain fun. Examples include the “Cat Burglar” card, which allows a player to steal another player’s cat and put it in their own house. Another is the “Catnap” card, which at no action cost protects a player’s sleeping cat from harm. Or maybe the “Pet Insurance” card, which insures one certain cat cannot be moved from a player’s house. Our favorite was the “Best in Show” card which provides 2 bonus points at the end of the game, if that card is in a player’s hand.
Complements are also in order regarding the artwork and illustrations shown on the game cards……..they were superb and made you smile every time you examined a card. A typical game can be completed in around 30 minutes, and it is an enjoyable game experience from start to finish. We simply had a good time playing “Here, Kitty, Kitty!” The game retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at the Fireside Games website.