Décrocher la Lune or Chase the moon is one of those games which takes up only a couple of minutes to learn and you end up enjoying the game for hours ahead. All you need in this game is a good sense of stability and balance, coupled with a little imagination and a pinch of strategy.
As the title of the game itself explains, all you have to do is catch the moon. How you ask? By using the ladders provided. Catch the moon is kind of like Jenga where you have to pile up and balance the things properly. The rules of this game are simple, you have to build the ladders to reach the sky. You have to pick up a random ladder from the pile of ladders, roll the dice and place the ladder according to the result from the dice. The dice has three outcomes, a single ladder means that your chosen ladder can touch only one other ladder, while a two-ladder symbol means that your placed ladder must touch two ladders, not more or less. If you happen to roll a moon icon, then your ladder has to be the highest point of the entire construction and can touch up to two other ladders. If you jumble up and make the ladders fall, or fail to complete the task shown on the dice, you have to pick up a tear drop from the pile of seven tear drops. The real twist comes in now, whoever picks up the last tear drop gets eliminated instantly. So, you might be the best player, but if you manage to screw up in the end, you lose. This creates a tension filled finale making the entire game exciting and managing to keep you on your toes.
The best part about Catch the Moon are the ladders. The ladders come in different shapes and some have partial rungs attached to it made for easier placement of the ladders. The plastic cloud bottom structure is connected to three vertical ladders in the start, and then the piling of the ladders begins. The game sounds easy to play, but requires a lot of thinking and analysing.
The simplicity of this game is the most beautiful thing about it. The theme of the game is simple, but still the makers of the game have managed to keep the entire game exciting. You might need tactical thinking to decide whether to create a wobbly placement to make the other person fail, or whether to play safe and win. You have to come up with positions that seem to defy the basic laws of physics. Or sometimes it is just sheer luck. There are so many ways of building a tower of these ladders, if you combine the luck and the tactical frontline. This board game also has a catchy setup which is also quite dreamy. The easy rules and the eye-catching design makes it a hit among the children as well as among the elders.
Catch the moon is one of those games where you are sure that everyone at the table is going to have fun. After all it has the power of the moon. So, are you ready to Catch the Moon?