The Cat Game is an entertaining Monday painting game for children and adults aged eight and over, made by Spin Master.
Admittedly, we don't just love cats, we ourselves are the can openers of two balls of fur and because that's not enough felinism for us, we keep an eye on every cat merchandise we come across. The game The Cat Game hit our gamer and cat hearts right away. As the title almost suggests, cats play the main role here.
With simple rules that are almost self-explanatory and a fun design, it is an entertaining game for cat lovers and “Pictionary” fans.


Game box with fur trim

Red and black fur peeks out of the playing box.
It almost seems like a little fluffy kitten was hiding in there. At the edge of the box sits an Abraham Lincoln cat, which has been redesigned with a skillful pen. This arouses curiosity about the game and suggests that, despite the childlike appearance, it is not just a children's game.

Quite fluffy: The game box has a fur trim. Faux fur trim, of course! Photo: Marie-Christine Volkmann
Quite fluffy: The game box has a fur trim. Faux fur trim, of course! Photo: Marie-Christine Volkmann

The German version of the cat game is recommended for children and adults aged eight and over. If you look across the ocean to our American playmates, prudishness comes to life. There, the game is only recommended for young and adult players aged sixteen and over. The 150 playing cards cover topics ranging from French kisses to Fifty Shades of Gray to topics with the influence of violence - but the unspectacular and funny are not neglected either.
Whether children have to be spared from this or whether it is prudery “at it's worst”, each player has to decide for himself. Anyway, we're amused.

Monday painter in feline? The Cat Game!

The game is reminiscent of the Monday painters and as the title almost suggests, cats play the main role here. The subject areas have been divided into three felinized areas. In this way, the player can choose between the themes of purring stripes, KAT personalities & KATCivities and KATZivities, which is best for him to paint in a painting. 18 different punching cats provide the draftsman with artistic assistance. Our favorite is clearly the Sphinx cat, its appearance almost screams Yoda. How fitting that Star Wars themes are under the task cards. It is painted with erasable markers on drawing boards, of which the game contains two each.

Let us assume that a player decides on the category purring stripes and has to describe the movie Star Wars to his fellow players in a picturesque way. He chooses one or more cats, our favorite, the “yoda cat”, would of course be ideal, and places it under the plastic sheet of the drawing board. Finally he draws the typical Yoda shape around his cat and possibly looks for a cat, which he paints a lightsaber in its paws. While he is drawing his teammate guesses what it might be until he stops guessing with the exclamation “Star Wars”. He wins the card and becomes the next Picasso.

The first player to collect five playing cards wins the round. There are two other game variants that increase the level of difficulty.

Another method of multiplayer play is available: team play. Two teams are formed, each choosing a draftsman. Now the artists draw at the same time
a task card and start drawing. Your own team has to guess the term, the faster team gets the victory point. The team which is the first to receive 20 points wins the game.

When the artwork counts and the case torments

If the packaging design still causes air jumps, the first disappointment follows the first time you look into the box. Cat's eyes shine out from punched sheets, but after the first purring sighs it is noticeable that one punch hole in the shape of a cat has been punched out too much. Not only does it look ugly, it also makes you feel like the game might be incomplete. It's a shame, because the cats themselves have been designed in an appealing way. Care was taken to ensure that they differ greatly. So the player can choose from different races and poses.

The lower edge of the painting board makes it clear: Here a little more attention to quality would have been nice. Photo: Anne Marie-Christine Volkmann
The lower edge of the painting board makes it clear: Here a little more attention to quality would have been nice. Photo: Anne Marie-Christine Volkmann

The task cards feel valuable and have funny artwork, comparable to a game box. The tasks themselves appeal to children and adults alike. The latter will understand the joke and the tasks better and thus have more fun with the hidden allusions. Unfortunately, little attention was paid to the painting boards. The bare, slightly frayed cardboard is clearly visible along the edges. If the game is played several times, this leads to the paint being sucked up and thus makes the game appear inferior.

Images of The Cat Game

Infobox

Number of players: 3 to 6 players
Age: from 8 years
Playing time: 25 to 40 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Long-term motivation: low

Publisher: Spin Master
Year of publication: 2018
Language: German
Cost: 20 Euro

Summary

The Cat Game is easy to learn and an entertaining game for in between or the next party. The game material leaves something to be desired in some places. This should be different for a game that currently costs around 20 euros. The game itself skilfully takes up the classic Monday painter. The tasks make the players smile and the artwork makes cat lovers cheer. A cat game for big and small Monday painters and for casual gamers, which ensures entertaining fun, but from which one should not expect any depth or increased difficulty.

Despite my enthusiasm for the game itself, purrfection looks different.

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