RATUKI Card Game Review
Ratuki (pronounced ra-too-kee) is a fast-paced card game for 2-5 players ages 8 and up from Hasbro. My husband doesn’t like card or board games, but he was a good sport and played a whole game with me so I could get a sense of what it was like. The game moved very quickly because I was still trying to adjust to how to play while my husband collected all the points, and before I knew it the game was over and I’d been left in the dust.
One of the things I always dislike about card and board games is reading the rules. Oftentimes they are written in a way that is difficult to understand, or that leaves some rules really unclear. My husband read through the rules and then explained them to me, stating his frustration with how they were written. Just before I sat down to write this review, I read through the directions and didn’t find them as frustrating as he did, but that could be because I’ve already played the game and understand it.
Set up for the game: have a pen and paper sitting on the table (or floor), divide the cards into single color piles, shuffle the cards, and draw 3 each.
Playing the game: Each player has their own deck of cards. Each player can start their own pile starting with the “Ratuki” card (which can also replace any number from 1 to 5) or the number 1. You add cards to the pile if they are one number higher than the number on the top of the pile, or one number lower. Once a pile has a 5 on top of it, the first person to grab the pile and yell “Ratuki!” gets the pile. You want to run out of your cards quickly while also accumulating piles, which will be points. Play time stops as soon as one person runs out of cards.
There is strategy that you can apply to this game to make the piles thicker, which makes game play more interesting and the piles more enticing. My husband and I tended to build the piles pretty high before laying down a 5 and claiming the points.
The pen and paper is used at the end of a round to count up the number of cards in the piles each player grabbed. If any cards were put into the “junk” pile or if any are left in the “draw” pile, they count against a player’s points. Younger players may need help adding up and then subtracting the cards.
The thing we found hardest about the game is that you can only lay down cards, draw cards, and place cards into the piles using one hand. Additionally, you have to draw a new card in between each action, and that always threw me off.
It’s a simple game, but it can be a lot of fun if you play with the right people. Younger kids will probably enjoy this game the most, and I think game play would also be more interesting with 5 players.
For more information about Ratuki and other games, visit hasbro.com.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*