Cockroach versus Beetles


Beetles are roaming the cockroach’s stomping ground, but the cockroach is defending it and pops up from the underground again and again. The board representing the backyard and showing a number of cases is sitting on four columns. The two loops, representing air vents, are placed into the box bottom. All beetles of all players start on the space marked with a mouse and need to reach the opposite space. The cockroach is placed into one of the loops and begins to run. As long as the cockroach is running within the loops or under the board, players in turn roll the die and advance one of their beetles accordingly; you may have any number of your four beetles in play. When your target case is occupied you move to the next free one towards the finish. When the cockroach comes up and roams the board, whereby it can push and shove beetles - only beetles on one of the column spaces are safe, players must wait until the cockroach goes underground again. Then beetles that have been pushed off cases go back to the start. Beetles still touching a case, even if it is one further along the track, continue the game from this case. If you are first to get all your beetles to the finish area, you win.

In a game for two players each player uses two sets of beetles and for a more thrilling game you can use the back side of the board with more and smaller cases.

Basically, this is a fun version of Ludo using a Hexbug, a very funny and thrilling game - will the cockroach catch my beetle or not? Or will it even move it forward? That the cockroach sometimes takes too long to appear or disappear, is bearably disappointing.


Players: 2-4

Age: 5+

Time: 15+

Designer: Inka and Markus Brand

Artist: Janos Jantner

Price: ca. 40 Euro

Publisher: Ravensburger 2015


Genre: roll & move, electronic obstacle

Users: For families

Version: de

Rules: de

In-game text: no



Continues the Cockroach story from Kakerlakak

Completely different use of Hexbug

Simple rules, attractive components

Run-time of the Cockroach very randomly, can make players impatient


Compares to:

Kakerlakak and other Hexbug games


Other editions:

Currently none


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