Review The Rats
A surprisingly charming game about rats
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 06 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Features surprisingly charming rat characters, has a lot of in-depth gameplay mechanics, the leveling system feels more progressive and less grindy
The random number generator feels cheap, still features a number of freemium functions in the game
I never thought I’d say this, but I actually enjoyed a game that was full of nothing but rats. The Rats Online for Android is this odd PvP game where you are the leader of this rat gang, which sounds odd enough already. The game gets a bit weirder when you realize you’re essentially going to be breeding genetically enhanced rats to go raid the base of other rat players.
As with most mobile games, you start off with a quick tutorial that kind of shows you the ropes. The general idea is that you have a gang of rats that you’ll be leveling up as you raid other player’s bases and feeding your rats cheese. Cheese is collected by stealing it from other players in the raids.
In each raid you’ll have some cheese lying around and a bunch of rats either sleeping or walking around. Rats walking around can, for some reason, be fed to death. If you manage to feed a rat to death then you can collect their souls which are used to breed new rats for yourself. Everything you do in a raid is dependent on your rat’s level and what their skills are. So, let’s say you’ve got a wheel of cheese you want to steal. Your best bet is you switch to a rat that is good at theft because they’ll have a higher percentage chance to steal the cheese.
There is actually a lot more to the game, but we’ll keep things simple for the sake of the review.
My biggest complaint with this game is that eventually the percentage almost doesn’t matter. I raided several bases in a row and got nailed by the player’s rats even though I had an 85%+ chance to successfully steal. If you’re caught then you forfeit any other chances to steal with your other rats and not only are yours out of commission for a certain amount of time, but you’ve also gotta wait until you can raid again as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of The Rats Online, though. It’s way more charming than I thought it would be, and it has enough complexity to keep things interesting for a while. Unfortunately, there are a lot of freemium mechanics that really throw me off from playing it at length.