Each player alternates making one move per turn. The first player to move is determined by a flip of a coin or by scissors, rock, paper. The goal is to win the game by moving any animal into the opponent's den. All pieces can move either one square vertical or horizontal.
Pieces can capture all other pieces of equal or lower degree of ranking by moving and landing onto it. There are two exceptions:
There are special rules on movement regarding the rivers and the den: