Save your cockroaches from the cook


Cockroaches fest on leftover crumbs in the sink; but when the cook enters the kitchen, they flee and must be saved from the cook.

The game features 72 cutlery cards, 19 cook cards and 13 reward cards. Each player is dealt one hideout card secretly; the color of the hideout card determines the color of “his” cockroaches for the current round. A reward card is laid out, the cutlery cards and cook cards are shuffled and arranged as a random heap face-down around the reward card.

In turn, you reveal a card from the heap, using only one hand: Cutlery cards with or without cockroach are put back openly; cooks are set aside and counted. When the third cook is set aside, the game gets frantic - each player tries to be first to collect all his cockroaches. You take your open cockroaches as fast as you can and then continue to search, until you have collected all four cockroaches. Cards showing cooks or cutlery without cockroaches or cockroaches of opposing colors are simply put back. If you have collected all your cockroaches first, you take the reward card of the round.

All hand their hideout card to the left and so have a new color of cockroaches to save for the new round. All Cook and cutlery cards are shuffled together again and heaped around a new reward card. If you are first to collect three reward cards, you win the game.

A fast little game featuring the well-liked cockroach topic; there are easy rules, a lot of frantic searching with a little bit of memory applied to remember the location of your open cockroaches, and of course lots of fun in a game that also is good as a simple family game.


Players: 2-6

Age: 5+

Time: 15+

Designer: Inka & Markus Brand

Artist: Janos Jantner, Gisela Kösler, Kinetic

Price: ca. 7 Euro

Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag 2018


Genre: Cards, action

Users: For children

Version: de

Rules: de

In-game text: no



Part of the “Kakerla” series

Plays quickly

Simple rules


Compares to:

All spot-and-grab games


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 3

Tactic (turquoise): 0

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 0

Dexterity (green): 1

Action (dark green): 1