Parents' Guide to

Shuffle Cats

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Feline rummy pits you against real-world players; purchases.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free to try, Free Card Games
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If rummy is your thing, try your skills against other players from around the world in a clever take on the original game, complete with power-ups and purchases. Shuffle Cats is colorful and a bit silly, while also being a fun way to enjoy a card game when no one is around to join you in person. Having your cards replenished after a meld forces you to employ a different strategy, and the power-ups make that even more challenging. There are only a few drawbacks. The power-ups are fun, but with games going to only 10 points, they can make a match feel unbalanced. This is compounded by the fact that low-level players are often matched with high-level players. There's enough luck involved that the mismatch itself isn't awful, but power-ups unlock at certain levels, leaving low-level players without as much ammo. Because the game involves gambling, parents may want to talk to kids about the risks involved and how games of chance can be fun -- and addictive.

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