The City of Games | The Isle of Cats | Board Game | 1-4 Players | Ages 8+ | 30 to 60 Minutes Playing Time
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Final Score: 4 Stars – Solid offering that not only has great production values but can be played with a wide range of players.
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Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you cannot discard public lesson cards. Card 301 (Anytime card) Stumpy (stumpie)  – having a partial tail of vestigial, fused vertebrae, up to about 3cm (1in) long  You must have at least 1 of each of the 5 colour cats touching the outer wall of your boat, diagonals do not count as touching. Card 117 (Lesson card)
The Isle of Cats Late Arrivals Expansion
While Isle of Cats isn’t a wholly unique game—it borrows concepts from many other games—it does blend them seamlessly together into a really fun play experience. Throughout the game there a lot to do and plenty of interesting decisions to make. This all starts with the card draft each round. The Isle of Cats has some solid production values. On each day the cats will venture into the fields on the island and you have until nightfall to attempt to rescue them through 5 phases of play. You still lose 1 point per visible rat as per the normal scoring rules, so this results in you gaining 1 point per rat overall. Card 126 (Lesson card)
Cats – ManxSPCA Cats – ManxSPCA
There are nice finishing touches too. For those who struggle distinguishing colours, the different cats and maps all have unique patterns and the game provides handy reference cards. The player boards are all unique, from the map and rat placement to the animals swimming or flying alongside the boats. There’s even a comedy area printed on the underside of the box lid for your actual cat to sit on.Rare Finds: During Phase 5 you may be instructed that "You must take a rare find or pass". This means you have the option to play your yellow Treasure cards and your brown Oshax cards. While Isle of Cats is a light to medium weight game, I should also mention that it does include a family ruleset for those interested. This version removes most all the cards and the fish tokens. Players simply draft cats each round to fill up their ship and each player will have 2 secret lesson cards for end game points. It’s a nice mode for playing with young ones or non-gamer friends. Cats on the left cost 3 fish to draft, while cats on the right cost 5 fish. Final Thoughts: Named after Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, the Tasman Manx is a tailless or partially tailed Manx cat with a curly-haired coat not unlike that of a Selkirk Rex, due a recessive mutation which arose in Manx litters in both Australia and New Zealand. As of March 2013 [update], the breed is only recognised by the NZCF  and the Catz Inc. registry  :222–227 (also of New Zealand) with breed standards. The coat may be short or semi-long.