Cobra Paw is a game of tension and sharp reflexes. The game requires Ninja-like reflexes, excellent recognition skills, and mental fortitude to win the game.
It features 21 tiles with two different symbols on. There are also two six-sided die with the same symbols. In its simplest form, Cobra Paw is a tile-snatching challenge. Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring 6 unique symbols). They then have to spot the tile with the matching pattern, and grab it before the other players. The first player to snatch 6 tiles wins the game. This game is suitable for ages 6 years and up and for 2-6 players. The game won a Creative Child Award in 2018.
Playing the Game
Grand Shidoshi, the Master Meow, controls the game and wants everyone to learn inner peace and some Kung Fu snatching skills. Essentially, the game involves laying out the 21 clawfuku tiles and then each player rolls the two catnippon dice in turn. Everyone must recognise and then snatch the tile corresponding to the two symbols. The first one to snatch 6-tiles is the winner (eight tiles if there are only two playing).
An easy game to learn and definitely one that the children enjoyed. The game play is fast and furious. It’s best to keep the numbers down to avoid fights and confusion (yes we had some of that to deal with!) So, any more than 4 players at one time will be a definite challenge.
We thought the game might get a bit samey – then discovered there are variations you can play. There is a two-ninja stand-off (be the first to snatch eleven tiles). There is also a game called ‘Ghosts of the Fallen’, where certain tiles are excluded to increase the confusion.
Cobra Paw is derived from the ancient stone-snatching game called Clawfuku, believed to have been invented by Phee Lion. There are a few simple etiquette rules. No touching other players, no blocking the view of other players, no snatching with the whole hand. Just use the fingers. It is a game of mental skill and speed. It’s absolutely a must-have game for any home of game fanatics and will also travel as well if you need a game to play while in the tent or caravan. Overall an excellent game that we all enjoyed playing.
We received this game to play as we’re members of the Blogger Board Game Club. The game description and our thoughts about the game are our own and haven’t been influenced in any way.