For generations, the rats in the old junkyard have passed down the great legend of the moon. They say it’s made entirely out of cheese! Of course, they want nothing more than to reach this inexhaustible treasure.
One day, the rats discovered a comic in the junkyard that described the first landing on the moon. Thus, the plan was born: Build a rocket and take over the cheese moon!
The junkyard has everything you could need, and the other animals are willing to support you – if they’re well paid.
Each player starts with a family of two rats and may raise two more. Everyone works together to build the rocket. However, each family competes to build the most parts and to train the most rattronauts so they can feast on as much lunar cheese as possible.
On your turn, you either move one of your rats 1-5 spaces on the path or move 2-4 of your rats 1-3 spaces each, as long as they end up on spaces of the same colour. Your rats can never share the same space, and if you land in a space with another player’s rat, you must pay them with cheese. You collect resources (cheese, tin cans, apple cores, baking soda, etc.) matching the colour of the space you occupy, or you can move your lightbulb along the light string to boost your income in future turns. More lights in the junkyard make it easier for you to find things!
If you end your movement near a store, you can spend resources to buy a backpack or bottle top. You can choose to steal an item instead, with the rat then returning to the start of the movement track. You can score points by spending cheese or resources to build rocket sections.
Apple cores allow you to move around the rat burrow. Here you can pick up comics and stored food or raise one of your rats from the nursery. Alternatively, you automatically get a new rat when one of your rats reaches the launch pad and boards the spaceship. When a player places their fourth rat on the spaceship — or places their eighth scoring marker on the board — the game ends.
The player with the most points wins. In the event of a tie, the tied player with the most rattronauts in the rocket wins.
First Rat includes a solo mode as well as variable game set-ups described in the rulebook.