Stunned, the police mouse scratched its ear. He was still there a few seconds ago, where the hell did he go?
Raoul, the famous sewer rat is on the run and he must have been hiding somewhere in the sewer. But, what cover do you have to lift to find it? A hellish hunt begins.
The game is played over several rounds. A different player is Raoul the sewer rat in each round. The other players are the police mice trying to catch Raoul. They will only succeed if they have a good memory and using tactics, because Raoul keeps changing hiding places.
Whoever catches Raoul receives a piece of cheese as a reward. If Raoul is not found, he's the one who gets the piece of cheese ... MIAM! The object of the game is to have as many pieces of cheese as possible at the end of the game.
A few years ago, Djeco ordered several "Ethnic" games from me and among the 4 or 5 projects proposed, one of them dealt with deforestation in the Amazon. An Indian was hiding behind the trees, but there were fewer and fewer trees. It was a topical issue, but a bit sad!
And then, one morning, watching a ladybug slowly walk over rose petals, I suddenly had the idea to make a version of the game where we should find a mischievous ladybug hiding behind flower petals.
So I made a prototype called LADYBUG (Ladybug), with 15 flower tiles, one of which had a ladybug on the back. It was a little memory bluff game for the little ones and it worked really quickly.
Haba was not mistaken in making a superb game, RAOUL LE RAT D’EGOÛTS, illustrated by Mathias Menzel.