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Kitten Casualty Review


“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that, whatever you say to them they always purr.” – Lewis Carroll

Quick Look:


Designer: N/A
Artist: N/A
Publisher: Total Fame Limited
Year Published: 2017
No. of Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 10-30 minutes

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Review:

Rules and Setup:
Kitten Casualty is a fast 2-5 player card game where you are working to be the first to gather 500 points in cards or to be the last player in the game. You will be doing this by playing cards down in front of you with various values and taking or destroying the cards in front of the other players.


Setup of the game is very straightforward. Place the Overlord card in the middle of the table (this will be the start of the discard pile). There is a single deck of cards that will need to be shuffled, then each player will receive five cards in their hand. That’s it!


Player rules are straight forward as well. On your turn, you will start by drawing one card from the pile, then playing up to three cards from your hand. If, at the start of your turn, you do not have any cards in hand, you will draw five cards from the deck.

Most of the cards do have a point value on them, ranging from 0 to 150 points. Additionally, there are cards that have abilities on them, ranging from taking someone’s card from their hand or in front of them, to destroying cards from other players, to swapping one of your cards with someone else’s card. Additionally, there are cards that allow you to "build" a special Kitten Lord. Within the deck of cards, you will find legs, two arms, a head, and a body. If you are the first to build it, you will be able to eliminate a player from the game, placing all their cards into the discard pile.


As you play these cards, the first person who reaches 500 points will take the Overlord card that was placed in the middle of the table. That player can now choose to eliminate one player from the game. That player then takes all the cards they’ve played this round, place them in the discard pile, and game play continues. All of the other players will still have their cards that they had played up through that round. The game continues until only one player remains.

Theme and Mechanics:
The game’s theme doesn’t add or detract from the game. You are looking to score 500 points, and the point value of the cards do not seem to be based on the cats being used. Thematically, you can use anything and the game would be the same. You might have to change a word or two, and no change to gameplay.


Mechanically, the game is solid (draw one, play three). You will be playing each turn working toward playing cards that increase the points in front of you while trying to stop your opponents from getting more points. While you may end with cards in your hand that you cannot play until certain conditions are met (and that will happen), there are very few instances where you cannot play a card and need to pass on your turn.

Game Play:
Gameplay can go on for a while--over 30 minutes, depending on the types of players you have. When played with folks whose focus was on just getting the points as fast as possible with little interaction or manipulation of the other players, a full game can take close to 20 minutes, but with people who are used to the "take-that" approach, a 4-player game can be around 40-45 minutes.

Artwork and Components:
The artwork on the game cards is about cats (of course) and while it is done in a cartoony style, and is very good. Cleanly drawn and easy to read text on the cards, the card stock is good, using a standard core. The rules are clear and easy to understand, though some of the words used may have a different meaning depending on the card or way it is used, causing some minor confusion.


The Good:
The artwork really does shine, giving the feel of a cute game. Game play does take typically around 25-30 minutes depending on the play style of the players, and is very easy to pick up and learn how to play. The theme is light enough that kids can play it without any issues, and can be enjoyed by families.

The Bad:
Some of the issues that the game has surrounds the cards, ranging from word usage on them to finding cards that you cannot play. An example is the Revive card, which can only be played if someone picks to eliminate you. With the way the rules stand, this card can only be played when you have been targeted, or if you use a card to switch a card with someone else. There is no discard mechanism in the game, nor can you draw any other cards (other than the one a turn) until you are able to play or someone can take that card away. Balancing card and game play is another challenge in the game, where players can end up with a hand of a number of very powerful cards and do a lot of damage to the other players to lock in the victory. You will want to make sure the game is played by players who have a similar play style.

Final Thoughts:
Kitten Casualty is a fun, family-friendly card game that supports up to five players. Full of cute artwork and easy rules, kids will be able to easily pick up and play this game within a few minutes of picking it up for the first time. While there are some issues with cards or balanced play across different game styles, the game is being looked at by the developer and doing a remastered version with changes in the wording of cards, new artwork, and some changing to the rules.


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Delton Perez - Reviewer

Delton Perez is a FLGS owner with 2 locations in Puerto Rico. Originally from Boston, he currently lives in the wilds of Ohio, where he currently resides with his family. By day, he is a Retail Consultant working in New York in the Fashion Industry, but by night, meeples, dice, and cardboard take over. Delton also runs a gaming organization based in Northeast Ohio that focuses on running game nights at Libraries, Schools, and Churches on a scheduled, monthly basis. At times, Delton has even been able to sleep, though proof has yet to be found.

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Kitten Casualty Review Kitten Casualty Review Reviewed by Delton on May 25, 2018 Rating: 5

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