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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
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Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
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What It Is
Ratuki is a new, fast-paced card with no turns—just pandemonium as players race to grab the most cards from their opponents. Each player has a colored deck of cards and starts with three cards in their hands and as many piles on the table as there are players in the game (up to 5). At the signal, players race to build piles of cards from counting in any direction from 1 and up to 5, playing a card from their hand on any card on the table. If you don't have a card you can play—discard and draw from your deck, but be careful your discard pile is going to count against you.
As you play, the first player to slam a 5 on top of a pile shouts "Ratuki!" and wins the cards—the next player to have a 1 starts the next pile. But you have to think fast—there are no turns in this game. Everyone plays at the same time. Also adding to the frenzy are the cards themselves. Each card has a number on it, but each card also has a different way of showing the number, such as lines, hand signals or the number written out. Players must think fast and act fast. The player with the most cards when everyone has played through their decks wins—but you have to subtract what's in your discard pile, so you won't know who's won till the final count is in. Ratuki comes with 170 cards, five reminder cards, and instructions.
Why It’s Fun
There's a lot of action and a lot of fun in Ratuki. The game is easy to learn and play for the whole family. It gets players' minds working as they figure out what number is on their card and then quickly try to play the cards.
Who It’s For
Ratuki is for two to five players ages 8 and up.
What to Be Aware of
One game of Ratuki takes about 15 minutes to play. It's not limited by age, and keeps players on their toes, slamming cards—and planning strategy.
This would make a great addition to family game night.