Archive Schrödinger's cats

Published on July 6th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich


Science Experiments and Cute Cats

Our Review of Schrodinger’s CatsSchrödinger's cat

Players will test theories and continue to push the boundaries of their research to one-up their opponents with cute cats. This Schrodinger’s Cats card game brings the famous scientific paradox to a cute, quick card game that will have players trying to guess the number of alive or dead cats in the boxes scattered around the science lab. Get your clipboards, lab coats and safety goggles ready!

Schrödinger's cats

Purr-fect Scientist Cards

Players will choose to represent a curious cat scientist in Schrodinger’s Cats each of whom has a unique ability which a player can use once a game to help with their experiments. You might find these scientific felines have some familiar names and appearances. You can choose between Madame Purree, Neil DeGreasse Tabby or any of the other cat scientists who are based on real life scientists and role models. I love the the cartoon cat scientists drawn by James Stowe- each cat has a lovable expression and outfit that resembles their real life scientist. Unfortunately the cute scientist art rarely plays a part in game and because a player’s scientist card remains hidden until that player uses the ability, players won’t see the scientist cards very often during the game. You will get a good look at all the other cards in the game which players will use to build their hypothesis.

Schrödinger's cats

Alive, Dead, Empty Box or Heisenberg Theory

Schrodinger’s Cats is a short game that wraps up in about 20 minutes and fits 2-6 players. Players will receive a hand of cards at the start of the game that may have any of these four card types: Alive, Dead, Empty Box or the Heisenberg Theory. These card types represent the different possibilities of states that the cats could exist in while in a box. If you ever played Liar’s Dice, Schrodinger’s Cats is a similar (but much cuter!) game of deduction, bluffing and outwitting your opponents by trying to guess just how many card types exist between all the players’ hands.

Players will take turns forming a hypothesis using the limited information they have and each player afterwards will have to submit an increasing hypothesis as tracked on the scientific clipboard. For example I could say “I believe there are 2 Alive Cats” and set the first hypothesis on the clipboard to show my statement. This hypothesis isn’t very risky if there are a lot of cards in play but each hypothesis after the first stated one will increase up the clipboard track. Soon I might have to say, “I believe there are 6 Dead Cats!” for my next hypothesis. There will reach a point where a player may present a hypothesis that seems absurd. What a player can do is choose to call for a count and players must reveal their hands and either prove their current hypothesis or be proven wrong.

Schrödinger's cats

Light Deduction & Heavy Bluffing

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy Schrodinger’s Cats. This card game is easy to learn and much like poker, it makes for a quick game that anyone can play during a lunch break, outside on the patio or between your fellow scientists at the lab. This game definitely becomes more mind-boggling with more players as the addition of more cards means more possible theories and more hidden information, but I do enjoy this game as an even quicker 2 player deduction challenge. Players also have their scientist abilities and may reveal a card on their turn to help or possibly throw off your opponents’ hypotheses. If you prefer non-confrontational games with simple strategy, fun art (and cats!) I would recommend keeping a copy of Schrodinger’s Cats on the shelf.

Schrodinger’s Cats is a game designed by Heather Wilson, Heather O’Neill and Chris O’Neill of 9th Level Games with art by James Stowe. It was a successfully funded on Kickstarter in February 2015.

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About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.

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