Each turn during a Cat & Chocolate game, the active player must use 1-3 items in hand to avoid threats, such as a crumbling floor, erupting flames, or attacks by ghosts and the living dead. The exact threats depend on which game in the series you're playing. How can you use a cat and a piece of chocolate to defend yourself? How can a bankroll of money and rope help you escape unscathed? You tell me!
After you tell everyone the story of how you used various tools to ward off the threat, everyone votes on whether or not you succeeded. If a majority backs you, you keep the threat card; otherwise, you don't. Each player secretly belongs to one of two teams; naturally want to vote for the players on your team, but no one knows who is on which team!
After a certain number of threats, the game ends, players reveal which group they belong to, and each group tallies the number of threats that their members escaped. Whichever side avoided more threats wins!
Texas Zombies features the same gameplay as the Cat & Chocolate titles, along with a more gruesome theme.