Shortly after publishing 12 Purrfect Gifts For Cat Lovers on Etsy, I received The Cat Game in the post, which I have been gifted in exchange for an honest review. Despite the fact Blogmas is in full swing, I thought we’d have some fun this Friday with me sharing my thoughts on it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Generally, Neal and I usually opt for a movie night over a game night, but this product was so in tune with my crazy cat lady heart that we switched things up.
The Cat Game is a new release from Canadian toy company, Spin Master, which was founded in 1994. Since then, they have expanded all over the world, including the U.K., China and America.
Naturally, the first thing I did was stroke the furry front. It was so soft, and I would have considered this product a win based on that alone. But, I knew that wouldn’t make a particularly great review.
The Cat Game is marketed as a “drawing game for teens and adults.” Therefore, it is recommended for anyone over the age of 16. It requires a minimum of 3 players. Unfortunately, there were only two of us, so we recruited to Juno to join in. In human years, she’s a bit young, but in cat years, she’s a grandma. Plus, the game is based on her species, so it’s only fair she takes a look.
Inside The Box
The game includes:
- Full set of instructions
- Cat cards
- Cat shapes
- Two wipe clean drawing boards
- Two white board pens
What Are The Rules?
You can play as individuals or in teams. So, depending on the size of your group, this is the first decision to make. We went for everyone for themselves.
The cards need to be shuffled. According to the official rules, the hairiest player goes first. They select the top card and choose from three CATegories – a fLICK (movie), a PURRson/PURRfession (famous people, characters or job titles) or a CAT-tivities (actions). They then announce which CATegory they have chosen. Cat puns, what a delight.
Anyway, using at least one of the cat shapes, they have to draw what they have chosen. The drawing boards consist of a plastic front and card back. You lift the plastic front, place your chosen shape(s) underneath, put it back down and draw on the plastic so it can be wiped clean. The other players attempt to guess what it is. Whoever gets it right gets to keep the card. The first player to accumulate 5 cards is the winner.
When drawing, there are three key rules. You are not allowed to use words or letters in your picture, but symbols and numbers are okay. Secondly, you have to use at least one cat shape (or else, what’s even the point?!). Finally, no talking or sounds are allowed.
An alternative version follows the same idea, but rather than the drawer choosing the CATegory themselves, the other players pick it for them. This one has the potential to be really difficult!
The rules for the team games are slightly different, but as we’re not playing that version, I won’t delve into that.
Playing The Game
As there was technically only two of us, we weren’t strict on the rules. We doodled, and the other person had to guess. The one rule we did abide by was who went first. The hairiest of us all, the little fur-ball, Juno.
Not bad for a cat, right? I have no idea where she gets her talent from…
As Juno and I are clearly so in sync, I guessed it correctly and took it upon myself to take the next turn. The rules state it should be the person on the left, which was Neal, but I was feeling rebellious.
With my carefully selected kittens shape, I decided I’d attempt the cat-tivity. Drawing is not a strong point of mine, but I tried my best.
Neal guessed what it was in a less than 30 seconds. Juno didn’t even try. Any ideas?
Drum roll… The answer is camping!
Neal took his turn next.
I have no clue what’s going on here. There’s a cat, diving in a toilet? It seems highly unlikely, given their aversion to water.
Turns out, his choice was plumber, from the PURRfession category.
“Just call me Neal Buchanan!” I see those puns are contagious.
I loved it! Then again, I was probably always going to love it. There’s just so much kitty goodness in one game. It made for a very entertaining evening, and it was nice to do something different. I think mine and Neal’s feeble attempts at drawing made it twice as hilarious. With more players, I anticipate it would be even more fun.
As for what Juno thinks, I guess we’ll never know…