Board Game Geek Rating: 5.55
Board Game Geek Avg Player Rating: 8.32
Players: 1 to 4
Content Notes: Kickstarter Bundle for The Isle of Cats by City of Games. Includes core game, 5 & 6 Player Board Game Expansion, Kickstarter Box, and all other stretch goals. Please note: unless otherwise stated paid add ons from the Kickstarter Campaign are not included.
You are citizens of Squall's End on a Rescue Mission to the Lord Vesh arrives. Each cat is represented by a unique tile and belongs to a family.
You will need to be able to manage the resources you are looking for, explore the island, rescue cats, find treasures, befriend Oshax and read ancient lessons. Each lesson you collect will give you another personal way of scoring points in addition to filling your boat and keeping cat families together!
To expand the base game, we are offering a 5 & 6 players expansion and more extra cards, cats, treasures and 2 extra boats to the game. Not only does this expansion add support for 2 extra players, but it adds more variety and options to the game.
The Isle of Cats is played over 5 days (rounds). On each day of the cats will venture into the fields on the island and you will have to take them to your home.
Each player gains 20 fish.
Each player is dealt 7 discovery cards, they choose and keep 2, passing the remaining cards to the player to their left. They repeat this process 4 times, but the last time they want to keep 1 card.
You want to look at your 7 cards to decide which to add to your hand. The cost is in the top left corner of every card, and if you wish to keep a card, it must be paid for in fish.
You can keep as many cards as you like!
Every lesson card has been kept on the table. Lesson cards are personal grades allowing you to score extra points at the end of the game.
Now players take it in turns to rescue cats, each cat requires a basket and a number of fish. Keep going around the table until everyone has run out of baskets, fish, or passes.
When you rescue a cat, you must first take it to your boat.
You will need to find a balance between how many cards you can get in the rescue stage, and how many cats you wish to rescue in the rescue phase.
Finally, players will take it Oshax and Treasure cards. Treasures offer those tricky areas, and the Oshax are friendly cats that can not be any color, they just want to have a friend!
After 5 days, you will earn lesson cards, rare treasures and families of cats on your boat.
However, you want loose points for each room on your boat which has not been eaten!
The winner is the player at the end of the game!
You can download the rulebook here .
The Isle of Cats family mode provides a beginner friendly, gateway game which can be played by anyone new to the board game. It removes a lot of the complexity included in the standard game and simplifies the setup, learning curve, and players have to make.
It also makes the perfect introductory game, as soon as you are comfortable with the family fashion and are ready for something more challenging, you will already know some of the rules for the standard game.
You can download the rulebook here .
The Isle of Cats solo mode has been designed to provide players with a similar experience to the multiplayer game. You will not be able to get the best score possible, but instead you will be faced against your sister! Somehow, you're done to get a good job!
In the solo mode you will play the game in the exact same way you would play the multiplayer game, but through a few extra cards and minimal management, you will find yourself competing against a challenging opponent. The solo game includes multiple complications, allowing you to progress as you get better and a great way to learn the game before playing with other people.
You can download the rulebook here , the solo rules start on page 18.
The Isle of Cats is a competitive, medium-weight, card-drafting, polyomino cat-placement board game for 1-4 players (6 with expansions). You are citizens of Squalls End on a rescue mission to The Isle of Cats and must rescue as many cats as possible before the evil Lord Vesh arrives. Each cat is represented by a unique tile and belongs to a family, you must find a way to make them all fit on your boat while keeping families together. You will also need to manage resources as you: Explore the island (by drafting cards) Rescue cats Find treasures Befriend Oshax Study ancient lessons Each lesson you collect will give you another personal way of scoring points, and there are 38 unique lessons available. Complete lessons, fill your boat, and keep cat families together to score points, the winner will be the player with the most points after five rounds.
—description from the designer
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