Hasbro offers yet another great new family-friendly card game, this time in the form of Ratuki. I love card games because they are so easy to store, not a lot of pieces to lose, and so much fun!! Plus, you can usually play with a fair amount of people- with this one, 2-5 people can play at one time. That’s nice since we are a family of 5 (although my kids are not yet old enough for this game!!)>
Hurry up, think quick and play fast! Ratuki (ra-too-kee) is not your traditional everyone plays at the same time card game. Each player gets their own color deck of 35 cards, which contain different numbers and symbols for 1 to 5 and two wild Ratuki cards. All players race to get rid of their cards by forming sequences on shared stacks in the center of the table, and at the same time race to collect cards from those stacks. Cards can be played on stacks in ascending and descending order from 1 to 5. Playing a 5 or a wild card allows players to collect a stack. A new stack can be started by anyone, by playing any version of a 1 card. The number of center stacks allowed equals the number of players. If players are unable to play, players discard and draw from their own draw and discard piles, always keeping 3 cards in their hand. Quickest player to get rid of their cards stops play for all, leaving other players left with cards. Each player counts the number of cards collected and subtracts the total number of cards left in their hand, draw and discard piles. Cards left in the center of the table are out of play. First player to 100 wins.Playing Time: 15 minutes for 5 players.For 2 – 5 players, ages 7 and up.Contents: 5 decks of cards (175 cards total) and instructions.
Another thing I love about games like this is that they don’t take forever to play. Board games are fun and I love them too but its hard to travel with them, and they often take a really long time to play. Much of the time, we aren’t looking to play for long term, and card games are perfect to play quickly.
I love that 5 players can play this game simultaneously. That can make for some fun chaos- and competition! Another great family friendly card game from the folks at Hasbro.
If you are looking to try Ratuki, you can find it most anywhere games are sold. Amazon has it too (see below for direct link). If you head to Family Game Night’s page and like them on Facebook, click on the Special Offers tab, and find a printable coupon to save $3- which makes a great game a great bargain!! (Hurry, though. The coupon expires 1/31/11).
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.