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Tacocat Spelled Backwards

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Tacocat Spelled Backwards (2021) is a silly battle game played with palindrome-themed numbered cards. Battles are won by placing a higher card from your hand than your opponent. But you win by having the lowest card at the end of a hand to score a point. It seems like a game of chance but with the tactical card swapping, catch-up scoring track and jumbo attacks there's more here than meets the eye.

Play involves a series of card-duelling rounds you win by having the lowest card at the end. Each round the number of cards you get is indicated on the score track. This also points to one player who then determines how many cards you can both replace.

Once you have your cards, you work through a series of duels. One player chooses a card (most likely their highest) that must be matched or beaten. If the defender can't do this then they have to discard their lowest card. Winning a duel doesn't score points, but it forces your opponent to discard a valuable low card and keeps you in control for the next duel. Whoever has the lowest card on the final dual wins the round and moves the score track in their direction.

The result is a game with more tactics than initially appears. How many cards you decide to replace limits your opponent, so only swapping one can lock them into a bad hand. Then there are the multi-card jumbo attacks that grant another attack if not defended. Then there's the way the scoring track lets trailing players catch up more quickly. It's a lot of fun and really evolves as you play more.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Tacocat Spelled Backwards 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Brain Game game with Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It's quick to learn, although understanding how it's more than a game of chance takes a little longer. The first time you play it's worth noting the following to highlight tactics:
  • You can choose to sacrifice your lowest card rather than defending, useful to save high cards if you have multiple low cards.
  • Show how you get a different number of cards depending on where you are on the score track.
  • Show how the arrow determines who sets the number of cards to swap.
  • Show how the Jumbo attack works to give the attacking player extra goes if it's not defended.
  • Demonstrate how the score track works to help trailing players catch up.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds. There are some peculiar images of animals, vehicles, and food mashups. They are all displayed for humour rather than to disturb. Still, the big eyes and peculiar nature of the pictures may unsettle really young children.

CostsCosts

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2

Genres: Battle, Brain Game (Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Game Of Kittens (@GameOfKittens)


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