Meow, meow meow-meow, meow, meow! Okay, I guess writing the introduction in cat probably isn't the best idea, so back to English it is! If you are a cat fan who also happens to be in need of a nice light games to play with your friends and kids, then you would definitely benefit from checking out Affectionate: Cats and Cuddles. Short, simple, and sweet, it covers all the bases that lots of gamers will enjoy whether you're typically a light-game player, or just looking for another good filler. Let's take a look!
What Is It?
A simple dice rolling and pattern matching game that's fun for the family! It's quick, light, and good fun for cat-loving gamers. It's definitely one of those "beer and pretzel" type games, meaning it's simple enough that you can carry on other conversations and have some laughs while playing without worrying about missing a turn or planning out a huge strategy.
Who Is It For?
Great for all ages! The base game is ideal for younger audiences; I'd say ages 3+ could have a wonderful time with this (basically anyone who can read). The advanced game is good for older players and more seasoned gamers since it adds a drafting element. And the Treat Time expansion, which adds in a orker placement mechanic, would also be enjoyed by older or more experienced gamers. I would recommend the latter 2 elements to ages 12 and up.
Quality of Components
Some of the components in my copy do not represent the quality of final production, so just keep that in mind! I will say that I really like the wooden pieces for the cat tokens, cuddle tokens, and silly tokens (although the silly tokens didn't look like mice to me at first, but that could just have been my eyes playing tricks). They're super nice quality, super solid, and I enjoyed using them. The dice are also very nice. Everything is printed on them clearly and nicely. The player mats for the advanced game and expansion are simple print outs, nothing special, and the 3D printed player pawns for the expansion are okay as well, my biggest complaint with those is that some simply don't look like cats to me but I assumed they should have.
I would definitely give the base game a 1/5 difficulty. I think even small kids could handle it since you just have to roll and match your roll to the reference sheet to see what action you get to take.
The advanced is still pretty easy, but does add an element of strategy so I'll give it a 2.5/5 for difficulty.
Finally, the expansion adds a similar level of strategy, but also a bit more since there's a little more opportunity to block players when placing your cat token. So for this, it gets a 3/5for difficulty.
Overall a very easy game which is great for a quick filler or light game on a lunch break.
Designer - Trevor Harron
Artwork - Nayaki Anadan
Publisher - Blue Heron
*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review*