BraveRats is a game designed by Seiji Kanai, published by Blue Orange Games. It is for 2 players. In this game, players will be competing against each other to win control of the kingdom for their clan of rats. The player that can win 4 rounds of play before they run out of cards will be declared the winner.
To begin, each player will take a set of 8 cards of the same color. They will choose between blue or red. That’s it. The game now begins.
The game consists of several rounds of play. Each round the players will secretly choose one of their cards and place it face down in front of them. Once both players have done this, they will flip their cards over simultaneously. The card that has the highest strength wins the round. Sometimes a special power will overrule this win condition. Special powers always happen regardless of whether the player wants to use it or not. Once a winner is chosen for the round, players will set aside their cards that they just used with the loser turning their card face down. The next round begins. If there is ever a tie, the round is on hold and the winner of the next round wins both rounds. This all continues until either one player has won 4 rounds or a player runs out of cards. The first player to win 4 rounds is the winner.
The game comes packaged in a really nice embossed tin. It reminds me of the really nice tins for Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert. The game consists of only 16 cards, much in the same way as Love Letter. The cards are very good quality and have really awesome artwork. I really love the cute rat designs on the cards. It makes me think of movies like the Great Mouse Detective or something like that. There is even a card with a nice results table on it for seeing who wins, not that you really need it. Still, it’s a nice addition to a great production. I’m very pleased with the look and feel of the cards. The design is really nice and kids will love it.
9 out of 10
The rulebook is really nice and fits neatly inside the tin. It is well written and has some nice artwork inside. Each of the cards are explained in great detail. There are rules variants for 7 different styles of play which greatly increases the replayability of the game. There is also a copy of the results table that is exactly like the one that is used as a player aid. Everything is in full color and is easy to read and understand. Overall, it’s really nice and well made.
9 out of 10
This game is really light and really fun. It plays a lot like War mixed with Love Letter. The special abilities are really nice and can be a major factor in winning or losing the game. In that aspect it definitely has a lot of the Love Letter feel. I haven’t played any of the variants yet so I can’t comment on them at this point. However what I have played is really fun and is a great micro game. The game is extremely quick and lasts no longer than about 5 minutes. It’s a great filler or opener for an extended night of gaming. It’s great with kids who will love the artwork and the fun of the different cards.
9 out of 10
BraveRats is a very light card game of hand management and bluffing. It’s a really fast game with most games usually lasting no more than 5 minutes. It’s really fun and the kids will really enjoy the whimsical artwork. Fans of micro games like Love Letter should definitely enjoy this one. I highly recommend it. It’s really easy to learn and is lots of fun.
9 out of 10
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