Rat Hot (2005)

Average Rating: 6.33/10
Board Game Rank: 1947
Abstract Game Rank: 154
Family Game Rank: 559
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2005
# of Players
2
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Best with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
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8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Rat Hot
Alternate Names
Chilli Csali
Chilli-Csali
Dschunke: Das Legespiel
Rattenscharf
Uwaga na szczury!
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Two spice dealers share a storehouse with a number of hungry rats, who want to put them out of business. The two dealers want to store spices so that they know where everything is, but they also have to keep the rats at bay. Stack your crates, keep your spices together, and cover up the rats.


Rat Hot is a two-player game developed from Michael Schacht's Dschunke: Das Legespiel on his own label Spiel aus Timbuktu, which in turn was developed from his game Dschunke, also published by Queen. The Rat Hot tile distribution differs slightly from Dschunke: das Legespiel but you can very nearly use the Dschunke: das Legespiel rules with a Rat Hot set.

All the games use the clever mechanism of stacking long 3x1 tiles so that the upper tiles obscure some parts of the tiles underneath. In Rat Hot, the two players simply take turns to draw 2 tiles from a face down pile, and add them to the existing layout.

The tiles are all 1x3 and show a combination of rats, spices or empty crates. Each player has four different types of spice in their player colour which they are trying to form into large groups. Many of the tiles have spices of both colours.

The game is scored with grey and yellow chips which represent 1 and 2 points. Each time you place a tile, you and your opponent can score points from groups created or changed by that tile. Whenever a group of two of the same spice is formed, the owning player receives one point, or two points for groups of three or more. Beware! If there are three rats of your own colour visible at the end of your turn, you instantly lose.

When the draw pile is exhausted and the tiles all placed, the board is scored once more for all players, so trying to preserve existing groups also counts.

The real trick in the game comes in the tile placement. Tiles must be adjacent by at least one square. Tiles can placed on top of other tiles, so that stacks build up. But a tile can not sit exactly on top of another, so there must always be some offset, and all three squares of a tile must be supported by other tiles, or the table.

Rat Hot can be very tricky. You want to keep your opponent's rats exposed in awkward places, so they have to spend both their moves trying to keep the rats covered. But you also want to set up scoring positions, and cover your own rats, and avoid giving your opponent points as well. There's a good mental challenge here, as you puzzle over the best use and arrangement of your tiles. Do you dare leave two of your rats open, because your opponent may draw more of your rats and make it impossible for you to finish your next turn with less than three showing. Can you get a good group of spices going and also break up your opponent's groups? Tricky problems for tricky minds.

Rat Hot is a quick, fun game and is a good addition to Queen's line of small 2-player games. The wood chips make it easy to see who is leading, the tiles are nicely made, the graphics are fun, and the game plays quickly and fairly. You can be stuffed by unlucky tile draws, but perhaps your low score is more to do with your choices, or maybe the other player is just smarter than you. Fast play, easy rules, and the risk of sudden death give Rat Hot a high replay value.

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Microbadges:
mb Rat Hot fan - Red
mb Rat Hot fan - Green

Contents
15 wooden discs, gray
15 wooden discs, yellow
43 cardboard rectangular tiles, distributed down as follows:

GR. BAMBOO | START! | RED CLOVES
GR. BAMBOO | RED PEPPER | RED GINGER
GR. BAMBOO | RED FRUIT | GREEN PEAS
GR. BAMBOO | [BLANK] | RED GINGER
GR. BAMBOO | RED GINGER | GREEN PEAS
RED RAT | [BLANK] | GREEN PEAS
RED RAT | GR. BAMBOO | [BLANK]
RED RAT | GREEN RAT | GREEN CHILI
GREEN CHILI | RED CLOVES | [BLANK]
GREEN CHILI | RED CLOVES | [BLANK]
GREEN CHILI | RED GINGER | GREEN RAT
GREEN CHILI | RED RAT | [BLANK]
GREEN RAT | RED FRUIT | RED RAT
GREEN RAT | [BLANK] | RED FRUIT
GREEN RAT | GREEN PEAS | RED RAT
RED PEPPER | GREEN RAT | [BLANK]
RED PEPPER | GREEN BASIL | RED RAT
RED PEPPER | RED RAT | GREEN RAT
RED PEPPER | GR. BAMBOO | [BLANK]
RED PEPPER | GR. BAMBOO | [BLANK]
RED PEPPER | [BLANK] | GREEN PEAS
RED PEPPER | GREEN BASIL | [BLANK]
GREEN BASIL | [BLANK] | RED FRUIT
GREEN BASIL | GREEN CHILI | RED CLOVES
GREEN BASIL | RED PEPPER | [BLANK]
GREEN BASIL | RED CLOVES | GREEN BASIL
GREEN BASIL | [BLANK] | RED CLOVES
GREEN BASIL | RED CLOVES | RED FRUIT
RED GINGER | GREEN CHILI | [BLANK]
RED GINGER | GR. BAMBOO | RED GINGER
RED GINGER | GR. BAMBOO | GREEN PEAS
RED GINGER | [BLANK] | GREEN PEAS
GREEN PEAS | [BLANK] | GREEN PEAS
GREEN PEAS | [BLANK] | RED CHILI
RED FRUIT | GREEN BASIL | RED CLOVES
RED FRUIT | GREEN PEAS | RED CLOVES
RED FRUIT | [BLANK] | RED FRUIT
RED FRUIT | [BLANK] | GREEN CHILI
[BLANK] | GINGER | GREEN CHILI
[BLANK] | GINGER | [BLANK]
[BLANK] | RED FRUIT | [BLANK]
[BLANK] | GREEN PEAS | [BLANK]
[BLANK] | GREEN BASIL | [BLANK]

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EN/FR/ES/DE edition
Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Hans-Jörg Brehm
Year: 2005
Product Code: 70012
Size: 8.00 x 5.62 x 3.06 inches
0.75 pounds
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Artist: Jörg Asselborn, Christof Tisch
Year: 2005
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Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Hans-Jörg Brehm
Year: 2005
Product Code: 7001
Size: 7.95 x 5.67 x 2.99 inches
0.75 pounds
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Publisher: Queen Games
Artist: Hans-Jörg Brehm
Year: 2005
Product Code: 70011
Size: 7.95 x 5.55 x 2.99 inches
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2 Custom goods tiles - Meat vs. Vegetables
Bigger and better to distinguish the different goods and colors. The rats are highlighted to be more eye-catching.
English
2015-03-15
4 Fish Hot for Jenga blocks
A simple regraphic using fish clipart made especially to fit Jenga blocks. The color scheme is pinky-purple & green & jellyfish are the unwanted rats. I made this to be printed on clear full sheet label paper.
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2013-08-07
4 Colored tile variant for Dschunke
In this variant set of tiles, one player will play squares while the other plays circles, rather than green and red. This may help players who have trouble quickly finding the different sets of objects that they score. The tiles which have been changed for Rat Hot have been marked so that players may try playing with the updated rules.
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2010-08-19
0 Rat Hot - Resumo do Jogo
Pequeno resumo do jogo que serve de ajuda para relembrar as regras a quem já jogou pelo menos uma vez os jogo.
Portuguese
2010-06-06
14 Junks - The tile placement game
This is an adaptation of the file from BeyondMonopoly. Changes to the original: - Added a background page for the backside of the tiles. - Formatted the rules in A5 size, pocketmod A4 and pocketmod letter. The pocketmods are usefull for storing with the game. - Included construction tips for the game.
English
2009-12-09
9 Rat Hot Solo
My solo game using the Rat Hot components and a grid for placing tiles. Very difficult. How high can you score?
English
2009-10-18
2 RatHot.pdf
Source file for PDF.
Thai
2005-12-22
11 Dschunke_das_Legespiel_(Junks_the_Tile_Placement_Game)_playeraid.pdf
Playeraid with play summary, tile placement rules, & scoring table -- prints 2 to a sheet, just cut & fold along the middle
2005-03-24
45 Dschunke-Das Legespiel.zip
Zip File of rules and tile graphics
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Board Game Rank: 1947
Abstract Game Rank: 154
Family Game Rank: 559
Num Ratings: 899
Average Rating: 6.33
Standard Deviation: 1.23
Num Views: 69892
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