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FraidyCats from Milton Bradley (1994)

Released in 1994 by Milton Bradley, FraidyCats was billed as “the purrfect race game of fur flyin’ fun!”

The object was to be the first player to successfully roll and move their cat-shaped playing piece around the game board’s picket fence and back to the doghouse. Muggs, the Motorized Mutt, impeded their progress.

Powered by two AA-batteries, Muggs was activated for short periods through the roll of the dice, when he would randomly smash and crash into the fence. If he knocked a cat off its perch, the player was forced to move the playing piece to the nearest barrel, which was considered a safe spot on the game board.

In addition to the gameboard, FraidyCats came with a motorized dog, 4 cat playing pieces, 4 cat launchers, 4 trash barrels, 4 corner fence supports, 4 fence sections, a dog house, and a pair of dice.

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