Sept. 11, 2012
-- KATATU has won the Best Picks New Products Award from Dr. Toy for 2012. Earlier this year KATATU had won Game of the Year 2012 from Creative Toy Awards and also was just recognized by the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval for 2012. KATATU is a unique startegy game that takes it roots from a 3000 year old game that was played originally in the sand with peebles and was tought to the sons by their fathers as a form of understanding startegy and game play. Rich in history, this startegy game took on many different forms as it gained popularity and moved down and across Italy into Egypt and eventually made its way to Southern Africa. KATATU is adapted from this ancient game and has never before been available in a packaged game form to the Western part of the World until now.
The game provides wonderful teachings of strategy, decision making, and game play that are essential to stimulating young minds. Curtis Paul, COO of Cutlin Toys and Games, highlights the fact that there are very few truly all (100%) strategic board games for young children. "The game posseses some characteristics of harder games such as Chess or Chinese Checkers, but on a learning curve it is much easier and quicker to get into playing the game. It is great for 4 or 5 year olds since it is simple at its core, but in actuallity it has many layers of complexity that make it interesting for older children and adults alike. It is a great game to play with your child when they beg to play something quick right before bed whereby you don't want to spend an hour either setting up, taking down and/or actually playing the game. The ability for a very young child to play the game and formulate the next few moves enhances thier advanced decision making, but also since the game has three different phases it makes the players have to adapt new strategies during the game."
KATATU means 'three' in Countries in Southern Africa such a Namibia. The goal of the game it to form KATATU mills (three-in-a-
row) and by doing so you can eliminate one of your opponents game pieces. The first person to eliminate their opponents 'bugs' (Bees or Grasshoppers)
through the three phases of the game wins! The three phases are place, slide and fly and the game literally picks up where 'tic-tac-toe' leaves off from a strategy game play point of view.
Curtlin Toys and Games is very proud to bring KATATU to America and other Western Countries. The game is portable using the cutest designed magnetic 'bugs' and even provides a little bug bag to carry the game pieces when traveling. KATATU can be purchased in many stores in the Washington DC metropolitan area and also on www.amazon.com/
katatu as well as there is a free downloadable KATATU ipad/ipod app froim the apple store. DO YOU KATATU?