Te Kuiti is a simple game of memory and area control, with each player taking on one of two asymmetric roles. The "sheep" player tries to match two sheep (memory), while the "shepherd" player strategically builds fences to wrangle the stragglers (area control). A fortunate shepherd may find old posts that can be made into quick fences, but an unfortunate shepherd may find a fence ruined by a strong-willed ram. Players score points based on which sheep they find hiding and the number of stragglers they best corral.
After the first game, players swap roles and play a second game. The player who scores the most total points from both games wins!