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: Mostly Positive (3,584 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
1,415 of 1,527 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
- Bought game on sale for $0.24
- Installed game
- Left it running to get 3 cards
- Sold cards for $0.35, making $0.11 profit
- Uninstalled game

10/10 would profit again
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324 of 369 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Bought to annoy friend. Actully loves it and thanks me for buying it.
0/10 did not do the job
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251 of 288 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Like Skyrim with rats
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166 of 186 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
My friend gifted this to me. We aren't friends anymore


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120 of 149 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
this game cured ebola for me 10/10
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92 of 115 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I bought this game simply to stop people trying to gift it to me. After the morbid curiosity got to me, I ended up playing it for myself to see what the big fuss was about. Dear lord, save me from this eternal hell. It's ironic that a company named "Strategy First" published this game, because due to the physics reacting differently each time your play, you constantly have to adjust your strategy to succeed in this game. I'm not sure whether I should call this artificial difficulty or designer oversight. I couldn't even make it past the second level because my elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine of rats and everyday objects behaved differently each time.
At the end of the day, curiousity killed the cat; and also some racially insensitive rats.
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59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Taliban Training Simulator 2014.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If someone ever asks you if video games are art, you show them this. Their life will never be the same
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
The gameplay may be subpar but where this game really shines is the symbolism and characters. I think there's a bit of the terrorist rat in all of us.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
You'd probably have more fun going outside or something, but you could get attacked by bees, hit by a car, attacked by crazed rapists or have to socialise with people. I know what I'd pick.
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game... This game is a masterpiece, got great story telling, great character development, great graphics, great everything.
SPOILER!!
When i saw the cat getting killed i was crying because i never thought that would happen.
This may be the best game ever made.

11/10
Highly recommended!
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game is the reason why people become Terrorist's.
''This game encourages Terrorism, i like it.'' - Abdul Ahmed Akbar
69/420 plates - Obama
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
My friend gifted me this game, now he is dead.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I got this game as a ♥♥♥♥ing BIRTHDAY PRESENT
DO PEOPLE REALLY HATE ME THIS MUCH
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game, for me, is the new gold, in fact diamond standard holder. Combining all the best elements from other similar puzzle oriented games with the magic and mystery of the most in depth action RPG games, Bad Rats presents some of the most morally ambiguous and most well written choices I've seen in a video game, and it impressed me greatly.

An underrated classic, making gems like Dark Souls and some of the newer action RPG-y games like Shadow of Mordor tremble with fear. Even the Elder Scrolls series must be shaking in awe at this milestone of technological advancement, innovation and RPG elements incorporated into a strategy game.

What also impressed me was the varied locales and level design, and the constantly switching amount of enemies and new, innovative ways to deal with them.

Overall, a must have. I haven't had this much fun since I bought a massive plastic genitalia imitating device from Amazon.
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36 of 54 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
The worst thing about this game, by far, is the overabundance of sarcastic reviews littered all over Steam from second-rate wannabe comedians. Please, guys. The joke is old. It's done. It's been made before. Please, let it go.

As for the game itself, my feelings are mixed. Make no doubt about it - the game is flawed. Very flawed. Overall I'd give it a 3.5/10. It had some potential but is very, very rough around the edges.

First things first - the gameplay. The gameplay will be very familiar to people that grew up playing The Incredible Machine. Also, to a lesser extent, it reminds me of Lemmings. You play as the rats, and the ultimate goal is to brutally murder the cat on each level by manipulating a ball. You get access to a number of different rats, depending on the level. Archer rat will shoot the ball straight ahead, vaccuum rat will suck the ball upwards, tractor rat will move the ball slowly forward, etc. You also get access to a few props per level, such as crates, wooden planks, balloons, etc. Once again, this will all be very familiar to The Incredible Machines veterans.

So what's the issue then, you ask? Firstly, probably the most game-breaking issue is the fact that the physics are inconsistent. You can position everything right, but when you press "play", things can still go wrong. Then you can try pressing play again 6 times and 6 different things will happen, even though you haven't moved any of your objects/rats. This is made even stupider by the fact that at the end of each level, you're able to view the "Original solution" (by the developers, presumably), and when you hit "play" on those, a good 50% or more will fail on the first try. Ultimately, it means that each time you create a setup for a level, you should hit play multiple times before changing anything. It's... silly. A game so reliant on physics should not have its physics randomised in this way.

The second gameplay issue is that a lot of the things in the game are clunky. With the wooden ramp, for example, the game tries to angle it at an "ideal" angle depending on where you put it, but this so-called ideal angle often isn't the angle you want it at, and it's incredibly frustrating to try to lie a wooden plank flat when the game decides it wants to be at a 45 degree angle.

The third issue with the game itself is that it's the most unstable thing I've ever played in my life. I've played for a little over an hour and have had the game semi-crash on me 6 times. I say semi-crash, because it doesn't actually kill the game per se, nor does it freeze. Instead, it keeps me in the game but doesn't let me click on anything or scroll anywhere. It's possible that I've actually pressed something accidentally to cause this, so if anyone has any insight on it, please let me know. The issue is worsened by the fact that there is no autosave in this game - a fairly large oversight, given how much sense it would have made to have the game autosave at the end of each level. Fortunately, the game does have a password system which allows you to choose the level you want, most of which you can find online in case you, like me, cannot for the life of you bring yourself to write down a password for each level.

The visuals for the game are... objectively poor. Steam claims the game was released in 2009, but honestly it looks quite bad for a game that was released 10 years before that. Furthermore, the resolutions available are 800x, 1024x and 1240x, all of which look like crap and all of which will leave huge black bars covering approximately 20% of your screen on each side of the screen. The art style is very reminiscent of terrible 90's games, which although objectively looks awful, is kind of my thing, predominantly for nostalgic reasons.

The music for the game is probably one of the few redeeming factors. It's actually pretty catchy and suitable considering how terrible most things about the game are.

Overall, I'd say the game definitely has a large number of flaws, most of which could have been fixed but never were and are unlikely ever to be. It's a shame, really, because despite all its flaws, I actually found myself enjoying what I did play of the game. In other words, I had a better time playing it than I did with some other games that were received a lot more warmly.

Would I recommend it? I'd have to say no, for the most part. Yes, the game is cheap at 99c and often goes on special for 20c and drops trading cards. With that said, on Steam, we are spoiled for choice - Game bundles are rampant everywhere and the main limiting factor for most people now is time, rather than money. As a result, although I'd recommend this game in a vaccuum for 20 cents, I can't honestly say that it's worth anyone's time. For people looking for this style of game, I think that games such as Crazy Machines will provide a considerably better experience.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
this game reminds me of my 9/11 experience when my family died of lung cancer

10/10
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
made me stab myself with a rusty needle in the testicle worth all 99 cents. 100/10
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I BOUGHT SO MANY COPIES OF THIS
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