Bad Rats is a physics puzzle game where rats finally get their bloody revenge on their new prisoners: The cats. Come up with creative solutions for each puzzle using physics, functional objects, and your specially trained Rats. Try different ways of solving each puzzle to finish faster or earn higher scores.
User reviews:
Very Positive (168 reviews) - 84% of the 168 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (11,744 reviews) - 75% of the 11,744 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 20, 2009

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Bad Rats is a physics puzzle game where rats finally get their bloody revenge on their new prisoners: The cats.
Come up with creative solutions for each puzzle using physics, functional objects, and your specially trained Rats. Try different ways of solving each puzzle to finish faster or earn higher scores. Revel in your success as the cat meets a violent demise in any number of humorous ways at the hands of Bad Rats.
  • Comic cartoon violence and cartoon blood
  • Realistic physics simulation
  • 10 Specialist Rats, anxious for revenge
  • 11 different and bloody deaths for cats
  • 10 other functional objects to help you
  • 44 Maps, from easy to very hard
  • Internet and local records
  • Original, cartoon styled characters
  • Challenge your creativity, intelligence and logic
  • Unlock all the Steam Achievements

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1.6 GHz or better (dual core recommended)
    • Memory: 512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX®9-compatible graphics adapter with 128 MB (256 MB recommended)
    • DirectX®: 9 or better
    • Hard Drive: 300MB
    • Sound: DirectX®9-compatible
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
this is honestly the best game on the face of ther earth. whenever i see the icon, i just squeel with excitement and run down the street putting up posters to promoth this game. overall rating: ♥♥♥♥ YEAH ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!!
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18.0 hrs
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Communist Pingu
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
"the game that made me ♥♥♥ 5 times in two minutes"
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Comic Sans
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Even when entering in the discount for CodeKeem, this game was still to expensive.
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Marshall Claw
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Best game I've ever played, bounced on my boys ♥♥♥♥ for hours as I watched a cat evaporate by having a safe dropped on its walnut sized brain. BTW Reagan funded 9/11 and FEMA Camps are real.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
So basically, i bought this game cause i got banned from the day z forums for asking if the game would ever be finished. However then i was introduced to a new FPS MMO in which you play as a struggling cat thats suffering through the apocalypse. Constantly beseiged by bad rats and other lonesome cats your finally stuck inside a bunker with your cat wife and children. As the reality of the tragic situation sets in of all the bad rats that you've killed your forced to make the decision of shooting yourself, shortly five days after this death you find that the bad rats and cats have made a freindship and are no longer at war... forever plastering your poor little cat, Adolf Hitlums as legend amongst the entire animal kingdom.

Overall this game really will tug at heart strings and i actually have cried whilst playing this game from the shear depth. 10/10
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
My dad always taught me not to kill something unless im going to eat it after. This game forced me to kill my cat. I have been sitting on the damn toilet ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hair for the last FOUR HOURS

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ᴷᶦᶰᵍˢ ᵒᶠ ᵖᵒʷᵉᴿ
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
This game... its absolutely amazing. Incredibly innovative with its genius concept (the long-standing feud between cat and mouse- finally viewed from a fresh perspective), as well as phenomenal graphics. Seriously, I didn't believe what I was seeing! Better yet, a friend gifted this masterpiece to me! If you know any kind souls willing to donate such art free of charge, consider yourself lucky. All-in-all, its a 10/10. Definitely purchase this beautifully-crafted gem.

Better yet, feel free to add my friend m'lady. He's widely-recognized for giving out Bad Rats for absolutely free, as I stated prior! It'd be best to grab a copy from him before he stops the giveaway; only 43 copies left!
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2.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
It’s the Nutshack! (Yee, yee)
It’s the Nutshack! (What he say?)
It’s the Nutshack! (Oh, yes! Yeeeah)
It’s the Nutshack! (Hey, I got the Nutshack!)
It’s the Nutshack! (‘The ♥♥♥♥ you say, boyee?)
It’s the Nutshack! (It’s the Nutshack!)
It’s the Nutshack! (It’s the Nutshack!)
It’s the Nutshack! (It’s the Nutshack…)
It’s the Nutshack! (Hey!)
It’s the Nutshack! (Piece a’ nuts!)
It’s the Nutshack! (Whoooa!)
It’s the Nutshack!
Phil’s from the stone, Jack’s from the pier,
Horatio or Horat so beer!
Tito ♥♥♥♥ “Dickman”, baby!
He hates Phil and loves the ladies.
Jack’s cool-♥♥♥ lazy, he’s still learnin’.
Number one Cherry Pie, still a virgin.
Chita, meet da freak of da weekah!
Phil’s homegirl that Jack wanna keep her,
But that’s not happenin’, either!
Shakin’ like a seizure, hold up, boys
and spark this, take a breather.
With that reefer in my lungs,
I got grapes, what you watchin’, son?
It’s the Nutshack! (Yah!)
It’s the Nutshack! (AAAAARRRGH!)
It’s the Nutshack!
It’s the Nutshack!
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Like Skyrim with guns
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105 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Works better then No Man's Sky
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44 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Bee Movie Script

According to all known laws
of aviation,

there is no way a bee
should be able to fly.

Its wings are too small to get
its fat little body off the ground.

The bee, of course, flies anyway

because bees don't care
what humans think is impossible.

Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
Yellow, black. Yellow, black.

Ooh, black and yellow!
Let's shake it up a little.

Barry! Breakfast is ready!


Hang on a second.


- Barry?
- Adam?

- Oan you believe this is happening?
- I can't. I'll pick you up.

Looking sharp.

Use the stairs. Your father
paid good money for those.

Sorry. I'm excited.

Here's the graduate.
We're very proud of you, son.

A perfect report card, all B's.

Very proud.

Ma! I got a thing going here.

- You got lint on your fuzz.
- Ow! That's me!

- Wave to us! We'll be in row 118,000.
- Bye!

Barry, I told you,
stop flying in the house!

- Hey, Adam.
- Hey, Barry.

- Is that fuzz gel?
- A little. Special day, graduation.

Never thought I'd make it.

Three days grade school,
three days high school.

Those were awkward.

Three days college. I'm glad I took
a day and hitchhiked around the hive.

You did come back different.

- Hi, Barry.
- Artie, growing a mustache? Looks good.

- Hear about Frankie?
- Yeah.

- You going to the funeral?
- No, I'm not going.

Everybody knows,
sting someone, you die.

Don't waste it on a squirrel.
Such a hothead.

I guess he could have
just gotten out of the way.

I love this incorporating
an amusement park into our day.

That's why we don't need vacations.

Boy, quite a bit of pomp...
under the circumstances.

- Well, Adam, today we are men.
- We are!

- Bee-men.
- Amen!


Students, faculty, distinguished bees,

please welcome Dean Buzzwell.

Welcome, New Hive Oity
graduating class of...


That concludes our ceremonies.

And begins your career
at Honex Industries!

Will we pick ourjob today?

I heard it's just orientation.

Heads up! Here we go.

Keep your hands and antennas
inside the tram at all times.

- Wonder what it'll be like?
- A little scary.

Welcome to Honex,
a division of Honesco

and a part of the Hexagon Group.

This is it!



We know that you, as a bee,
have worked your whole life

to get to the point where you
can work for your whole life.

Honey begins when our valiant Pollen
Jocks bring the nectar to the hive.

Our top-secret formula

is automatically color-corrected,
scent-adjusted and bubble-contoured

into this soothing sweet syrup

with its distinctive
golden glow you know as...


- That girl was hot.
- She's my cousin!

- She is?
- Yes, we're all cousins.

- Right. You're right.
- At Honex, we constantly strive

to improve every aspect
of bee existence.

These bees are stress-testing
a new helmet technology.

- What do you think he makes?
- Not enough.

Here we have our latest advancement,
the Krelman.

- What does that do?
- Oatches that little strand of honey

that hangs after you pour it.
Saves us millions.

Oan anyone work on the Krelman?

Of course. Most bee jobs are
small ones. But bees know

that every small job,
if it's done well, means a lot.

But choose carefully

because you'll stay in the job
you pick for the rest of your life.

The same job the rest of your life?
I didn't know that.

What's the difference?

You'll be happy to know that bees,
as a species, haven't had one day off

in 27 million years.

So you'll just work us to death?

We'll sure try.

Wow! That blew my mind!

"What's the difference?"
How can you say that?

One job forever?
That's an insane choice to have to make.

I'm relieved. Now we only have
to make one decision in life.

But, Adam, how could they
never have told us that?

Why would you question anything?
We're bees.

We're the most perfectly
functioning society on Earth.

You ever think maybe things
work a little too well here?

Like what? Give me one example.

I don't know. But you know
what I'm talking about.

Please clear the gate.
Royal Nectar Force on approach.

Wait a second. Oheck it out.

- Hey, those are Pollen Jocks!
- Wow.

I've never seen them this close.

They know what it's like
outside the hive.

Yeah, but some don't come back.

- Hey, Jocks!
- Hi, Jocks!

You guys did great!

You're monsters!
You're sky freaks! I love it! I love it!

- I wonder where they were.
- I don't know.

Their day's not planned.

Outside the hive, flying who knows
where, doing who knows what.

You can'tjust decide to be a Pollen
Jock. You have to be bred for that.


Look. That's more pollen
than you and I will see in a lifetime.

It's just a status symbol.
Bees make too much of it.

Perhaps. Unless you're wearing it
and the ladies see you wearing it.

Those ladies?
Aren't they our cousins too?

Distant. Distant.

Look at these two.

- Oouple of Hive Harrys.
- Let's have fun with them.

It must be dangerous
being a Pollen Jock.

Yeah. Once a bear pinned me
against a mushroom!

He had a paw on my throat,
and with the other, he was slapping me!

- Oh, my!
- I never thought I'd knock him out.

What were you doing during this?

Trying to alert the authorities.

I can autograph that.

A little gusty out there today,
wasn't it, comrades?

Yeah. Gusty.

We're hitting a sunflower patch
six miles from here tomorrow.

- Six miles, huh?
- Barry!

A puddle jump for us,
but maybe you're not up for it.

- Maybe I am.
- You are not!

We're going 0900 at J-Gate.

What do you think, buzzy-boy?
Are you bee enough?

I might be. It all depends
on what 0900 means.

Hey, Honex!

Dad, you surprised me.

You decide what you're interested in?

- Well, there's a lot of choices.
- But you only get one.

Do you ever get bored
doing the same job every day?

Son, let me tell you about stirring.

You grab that stick, and you just
move it around, and you stir it around.

You get yourself into a rhythm.
It's a beautiful thing.

You know, Dad,
the more I think about it,

maybe the honey field
just isn't right for me.

You were thinking of what,
making balloon animals?

That's a bad job
for a guy with a stinger.

Janet, your son's not sure
he wants to go into honey!

- Barry, you are so funny sometimes.
- I'm not trying to be funny.

You're not funny! You're going
into honey. Our son, the stirrer!

- You're gonna be a stirrer?
- No one's listening to me!

Wait till you see the sticks I have.

I could say anything right now.
I'm gonna get an ant tattoo!

Let's open some honey and celebrate!

Maybe I'll pierce my thorax.
Shave my antennae.

Shack up with a grasshopper. Get
a gold tooth and call everybody "dawg"!

I'm so proud.

- We're starting work today!
- Today's the day.

Oome on! All the good jobs
will be gone.

Yeah, right.

Pollen counting, stunt bee, pouring,
stirrer, front desk, hair removal...

- Is it still available?
- Hang on. Two left!

One of them's yours! Oongratulations!
Step to the side.

- What'd you get?
- Picking crud out. Stellar!


Oouple of newbies?

Yes, sir! Our first day! We are ready!

Make your choice.

- You want to go first?
- No, you go.

Oh, my. What's available?

Restroom attendant's open,
not for the reason you think.

- Any chance of getting the Krelman?
- Sure, you're on.

I'm sorry, the Krelman just closed out.

Wax monkey's always open.

The Krelman opened up again.

What happened?

A bee died. Makes an opening. See?
He's dead. Another dead one.

Deady. Deadified. Two more dead.

Dead from the neck up.
Dead from the neck down. That's life!

Oh, this is so ha
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
Guillotine - yah!

[Verse 1]
Sit in the dark and ponder how
I'm fit to make the bottom fall through the floor
And they all fall down - yah!
(It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes, it goes, it goes - yah!)
Out of the shadows barrage of witch tongue
Cobra spit over apocalyptic cult killer cauldron smoke
Stomp music seriously - yah!
(It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes, it goes, it goes)
Can't stop the groove licks jaws clear off them locks relentless raw movement
Fit to knock you from here to that g-spot body rock connected
To everything you want, ever did want, we got it why not come get it
Stick your head in that hole and watch me drop this cold guillotine death sentence - yah! Yah!
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
Guillotine - yah!

[Verse 2]
Hidden art, between and beneath, every fragmented, figure of speech
Tongue in reverse, whenever the beat
Causes my jaws to call out, out, out, out - yah!
The screens flashing red, can't see ♥♥♥♥ but heads
Spinning exorcist like planets out of orbit off the edge
Off mine axis whipping through doors to far more than all that’s ever been said - yah!
Tie the chord, kick the chair and you're dead - yah!

It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
Guillotine - yah!
Guillotine - yah!

[Verse 3]
Head of a trick in a bucket, body of a trick in a bag
And thrown in the fire like ♥♥♥♥ it, gotta burn it before it goes bad
One too many times been disgusted by the stench of rot is such a drag - yah!
Get broke by the street like blood stained glass - yah!
Choke on these nuts till the very last - yah!
(It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes)
Serial number, killing machine, the illest of means
To an end built on the filthy sound you're experiencing - yah! Yah!

It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
Guillotine - yah!
Guillotine - yah!

[Verse 4]
Tinted windows, bulletproof
The slip knot fixing rope to noose
To the grave stone grinder of cold steel
The passion that blinds me so I feel - yah!
Can't let go, no it flows through our veins
Blows through our tunnels and rattles our chains
And they all fall down - yah!
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
its like skyrim with anime
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
What will happen when Keemstar and the DramaAlert crew get up to no good? What will happen when Leafy and Grade A back stab him? Will Keemstar finally take his revenge and find out why he is still getting hate? Find out in this episode of Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge!

(use code "KEEM" for 10% discount).
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
I have crippling depression and I function better than this game.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The best installment in Call of Duty series so far.

Finally the storytelling and graphics were improved.

Captain Price returns to kill the Soviet Rats with help of his dead friends
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Product received for free
What are you doing? lt's after 12.
Couldn't sleep, Pops.
Neither can we,
with the noise you're making.
Let's go inside.
Just one more shot?
All right.
Just one.
Good. Shoot it again.
Getting pretty good. Shoot till you miss.
You think if l can get good enough,
l can go to college?
lf you get good enough,
you can do anything you want.
l want to play at North Carolina.
That's a real fine school.
You can get a good education.
l want to play on a championship team.
Then l want to play in the NBA.
All right, let's slow down, son.
Shouldn't you get some sleep first?
Once l've done all that...
...l want to play baseball, like you.
Baseball. Yeah, now, that's a sport.
When you've done that...
...l suppose you're going to fly?
At this time...
...l've reached the pinnacle of my
basketball career and must retire.
The one good thing is that my
father had the opportunity... see me play my last game.
That means a lot.
What'll you do now?
l've never really told anybody this,
except for one person.
l'm going to play professional baseball.
What are you going to play?
l don't know. As a kid, l was a pitcher.
l think outfield,
because it'll be hard for me to pitch.
Let's get out of here. This stinks.
Don't bring me again.
Don't bring me again.
Are you listening?
Did you hear him? Did you hear him?
That little brat is right.
l told you, if l've told you once...
...l told you a thousand, thousand,
thousand, thousand times!
We need new attractions!
New ones!
Get it?
Big, shiny new things.
Absolutely, sir.
Look at me and listen:
The customer is always right!
The customer is always right!
Okay, we need something.
We need something...
Something wacky.
We need something, something....
Looney? Oops!
Looney. Thank you!
Yes! Looney!
Now you're talking!
Looney! Looney! That's it!
That's the word l was looking for!
Get the Looney Tunes.
Bring them here.
Sir, just noticing...
...they're from Earth.
What if they can't come?
What did you say?
What if they can't come?
Make them.
Make them!
We're gonna get them!
Looks good in that uniform.
Looks great. Can't teach that.
Can't teach it.
Thanks for autographing
that basketball for my kid.
l'm happy to do it.
Let's go!
Curve ball. Don't swing.
Fastball, outside corner. Swing.
That was your pitch.
l know, l missed it.
l'll get you another one.
Come here.
-l'm sorry, l didn't mean to--
-Come here!
Make sure that nobody bothers Michael.
l want him to be the happiest player.
Slider. Don't swing.
Strike three!
l told you not to!
l couldn't help it.
l know. Nice talking to you!
We're not worried.
Good cut.
That was a good-looking strikeout.
You look good when you strike out.
When l do, it looks nasty.
At least you look good. Good-looking.
Hi, Mr. Jordan.
l'm Stan Podolak.
Oh, jeez.
You okay?
That was a nasty fall.
l'm Stan Podolak, Mr. Jordan,
the Baron's new publicist.
l'm here to make your life easier.
Can l drive you somewhere?
You want me to pick up your laundry,
baby-sit your kids?
l am here to personally guarantee...
...that no one will ever bother you.
What was that?
Hang on!
-Hanging on!
-Hanging on!
Are we there yet?
You irascible bunny!
Come back here, you screwy rodent!
l'll be with you in a second, folks,
after l finish with nature boy here.
All right, you pesky rabbit.
l've got you now!
One small step for moi....
One giant leap for ♥♥♥♥♥ Mountain!
And one whopper headache for Elmer Fudd.
Diminutive, ain't they?
We seek the one they call Bugs Bunny.
-Have you seen him?
-Where is he?
ls he around?
Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny.
Say, does he have great big long ears?
Like this?
Does he hop around... this?
Does he say, ''What's up, doc?'' like this:
What's up, doc?
Nope! Never heard of him.
You know,
maybe there is no intelligent life...
...out in the universe after all.
Hold on there, Mr. Looney Tune.
What do you think we are? Stupid?
Don't move a muscle.
Okay, bunny, gather up your Tune pals.
-We're taking you for a ride.
-Move it.
Totally. All right.
So, like, where are we going?
Are we there yet?
-Sorry it took so long.
-Don't worry about it.
That exit on 65 wasn't clearly marked.
-Hold up, right here.
Thanks, Sherm.
-Appreciate it.
-lt's Stan, Mike.
You can call me Sherm if you want.
l follow your career and l think you're
the greatest athlete that's ever lived.
How do l get out?
The door doesn't work.
lt's a classic.
lt's a classic, but it's got
a few peccadillos. Hold on.
A few?
lt's smoking too.
Thanks for the ride.
This is nice. This is a nice house.
Beautiful. What is that, Colonial?
lt's a nice house.
lf you need help with the house....
l'm fine, thanks.
You gave me a ride. Thanks.
l'll drive tomorrow, so l don't need a ride.
But thanks, though.
Too conspicuous?
Thanks, though.
-See you tomorrow.
Come on! No, not today!
Get off me! Your breath!
Mr. Jordan, are you okay?
Get off of him, Charles!
Bad dog! Git!
Pooch, stop it!
Get off of him before l cook you!
Come on, come on, baby.
Get out!
Good game.
Hey, Jeff, you okay?
-How was your game?
-l don't want to talk about it.
How are you?
You're covered with drool!
That's your dog.
What's wrong with Jeff?
He lost 32 points in his average.
ls that all?
So that puts him at .685 or something.
He's batting what?
Smells good in here. What you cooking?
Chicken and what?
Collard greens.
Good. l need a good meal tonight.
ls everything okay?
l stunk up the place.
Hope baseball was a good idea.
It was another career
day for Michael Jordan.
What're you watching?
He had 3 strikeouts.
ls this the only thing on TV?
What's up with this?
His batting average is .214,
which is his weight.
Get this guy a tennis racquet!
Did everyone get mad at you?
No. Worse.
They were nice about it.
I know golf is your sport.
But not here.
You should open your stance.
lt might make you more aggressive.
You think so? l'll remember that.
Watching this hurt me more than you.
Why are you watching this stuff?
lt's bad for you.
Road Runner.
Stop this cartoon!
We've got an emergency Cartoon
Character Union Meeting to go to.
Hey, wait for me! Hold your horses!
Where'd they go?
Stop the music!
Top duck coming through!
Jeez! lt's getting so a guy can't
even get himself wet around here!
What's the big emergency?
These little guys would like to
make an announcement. Here.
...all of you...
...are now our prisoners!
Oh, we're in big trouble now.
We are taking you to our
theme park in outer space.
No fooling.
You'll be our slaves.
And placed on display for the
amusement of our customers.
Oh, fear clutches my breast.
We ain't a-going...
Not so fast, doc.
You just can't turn us into slaves.
That would be bad.
You must let us defend ourselves.
Oh, yeah? Who says?
Just a sec.
What's this?
''Give them a chance
to defend themselves.''
Do we have to?
lt's a rule.
Okay. lt is in the rule book.
Una momento!
We must confer.
All right, troops. lt is for us to
choose a battlefield that affords us--
l got it.
Yes, Private Porkster?
How about we challenge them to a...
...spelling bee?
...we could have a bowling tournament.
Suffering succotash!
What's wrong with you?
Let's get a ladder...
...wait till the old lady's gone...
...and grab that little bird!
Whoa! Take a deep breath, Sly!
Okay, let's analyze the competition.
Now what are we looking at here?
We got a small race of invading aliens....
Small arms! Short legs!
Not very fast.
Tiny little guys.
Can't jump high.
We challenge you to a basketball game.
Basketball it is!
What is basketball?
-What's that?
-Beats me.
We didn't have that in school.
Pardon me! Sorry.
Down in front!
An exhilarating team sport currently
growing rapidly in popularity... basketball.
Unlike football and baseball,
only 5 men can play on a team.
It's a fast-paced, razzle-dazzle
game that requires quick wits...
...and even faster reflexes.
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Born in Austria in 1889, Adolf Hitler rose to power in German politics as leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, also known as the Nazi Party. Hitler was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and served as dictator from 1934 to 1945. His policies precipitated World War II and the Holocaust. Hitler committed suicide with wife Eva Braun on April 30, 1945, in his Berlin bunker.

Early Years

Dictator Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on April 20, 1889, and was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl. When Hitler was 3 years old, the family moved from Austria to Germany. As a child, Hitler clashed frequently with his father. Following the death of his younger brother, Edmund, in 1900, he became detached and introverted. His father did not approve of his interest in fine art rather than business. In addition to art, Hitler showed an early interest in German nationalism, rejecting the authority of Austria-Hungary. This nationalism would become the motivating force of Hitler's life.

At the outbreak of World War I, Hitler applied to serve in the German army. He was accepted in August 1914, though he was still an Austrian citizen. Although he spent much of his time away from the front lines, Hitler was present at a number of significant battles and was wounded at the Somme. He was decorated for bravery, receiving the Iron Cross First Class and the Black Wound Badge.Hitler became embittered over the collapse of the war effort. The experience reinforced his passionate German patriotism, and he was shocked by Germany's surrender in 1918. Like other German nationalists, he believed that the German army had been betrayed by civilian leaders and Marxists. He found the Treaty of Versailles degrading, particularly the demilitarization of the Rhineland and the stipulation that Germany accept responsibility for starting the war.

After World War I, Hitler returned to Munich and continued to work for the military as an intelligence officer. While monitoring the activities of the German Workers’ Party (DAP), Hitler adopted many of the anti-Semitic, nationalist and anti-Marxist ideas of DAP founder Anton Drexler. Drexler invited Hitler to join the DAP, which he did in 1919.

To increase its appeal, the DAP changed its name to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP). Hitler personally designed the party banner, featuring a swastika in a white circle on a red background. Hitler soon gained notoriety for his vitriolic speeches against the Treaty of Versailles, rival politicians, Marxists and Jews. In 1921, Hitler replaced Drexler as NSDAP party chairman. On November 8, 1923, Hitler and the SA stormed a public meeting of 3,000 people at a large beer hall in Munich. Hitler announced that the national revolution had begun and declared the formation of a new government. After a short struggle including 20 deaths, the coup, known as the "Beer Hall Putsch," failed.

Hitler was arrested three days later and tried for high treason. He served a year in prison, during which time he dictated most of the first volume of Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") to his deputy, Rudolf Hess. The book laid out Hitler's plans for transforming German society into one based on race.

Rise to Power

The Great Depression in Germany provided a political opportunity for Hitler. Germans were ambivalent to the parliamentary republic and increasingly open to extremist options. In 1932, Hitler ran against Paul von Hindenburg for the presidency. Hitler came in second in both rounds of the election, garnering more than 35 percent of the vote in the final election. The election established Hitler as a strong force in German politics. Hindenburg reluctantly agreed to appoint Hitler as chancellor in order to promote political balance.

Hitler used his position as chancellor to form a de facto legal dictatorship. The Reichstag Fire Decree, announced after a suspicious fire at the Reichstag, suspended basic rights and allowed detention without trial. Hitler also engineered the passage of the Enabling Act, which gave his cabinet full legislative powers for a period of four years and allowed deviations from the constitution.

Having achieved full control over the legislative and executive branches of government, Hitler and his political allies embarked on a systematic suppression of the remaining political opposition. By the end of June, the other parties had been intimidated into disbanding. On July 14, 1933, Hitler's Nazi Party was declared the only legal political party in Germany.

Military opposition was also punished. The demands of the SA for more political and military power led to the Night of the Long Knives, which took place from June 30 to July 2, 1934. Ernst Röhm and other SA leaders, along with a number of Hitler's political enemies, were rounded up and shot.

The day before Hindenburg's death in August 1934, the cabinet had enacted a law abolishing the office of president and combining its powers with those of the chancellor. Hitler thus became head of state as well as head of government, and was formally named as leader and chancellor. As head of state, Hitler became supreme commander of the armed forces. He began to mobilize for war. Germany withdrew from the League of Nations, and Hitler announced a massive expansion of Germany’s armed forces.

The Nazi regime also included social reform measures. Hitler promoted anti-smoking campaigns across the country. These campaigns stemmed from Hitler's self-imposed dietary restrictions, which included abstinence from alcohol and meat. At dinners, Hitler sometimes told graphic stories about the slaughter of animals in an effort to shame his fellow diners. He encouraged all Germans to keep their bodies pure of any intoxicating or unclean substance.

A main Nazi concept was the notion of racial hygiene. New laws banned marriage between non-Jewish and Jewish Germans, and deprived "non-Aryans" of the benefits of German citizenship. Hitler's early eugenic policies targeted children with physical and developmental disabilities, and later authorized a euthanasia program for disabled adults.

The Holocaust was also conducted under the auspices of racial hygiene. Between 1939 and 1945, Nazis and their collaborators were responsible for the deaths of 11 million to 14 million people, including about 6 million Jews, representing two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe. Deaths took place in concentration and extermination camps and through mass executions. Other persecuted groups included Poles, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and trade unionists, among others. Hitler probably never visited the concentration camps and did not speak publicly about the killings.

World War II

In 1938, Hitler, along with several other European leaders, signed the Munich Agreement. The treaty ceded the Sudetenland districts to Germany, reversing part of the Versailles Treaty. As a result of the summit, Hitler was named Time magazine's Man of the Year for 1938. This diplomatic win only whetted his appetite for a renewed German dominance. On September 1, Germany invaded Poland. In response, Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Death and Legacy

By early 1945, Hitler realized that Germany was going to lose the war. The Soviets had driven the German army back into Western Europe, and the Allies were advancing into Germany. On April 29, 1945, Hitler married his girlfriend, Eva Braun, in a small civil ceremony in his Berlin bunker. Around this time, Hitler was informed of the assassination of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Afraid of falling into the hands of enemy troops, Hitler and Braun committed suicide the day after their wedding, on April 30, 1945. Their bodies were carried to the bombed-out garden behind the Reich Chancellery, where they were burned. Berlin fell on May 2, 1945. Five days later, on May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.
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This game is one of the most carefully crafted masterpieces I've ever played. It has many puzzles that are actually challanging! And with an active modding community, for $1, this is a steal
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