Now let me say, I love kittens. And kitten videos – I spend far too long on Facebook going awwww. I just wanted to make that clear, lol. Me and my girls love to play card games, so this may well be in their Christmas stockings this year.
Exploding Kittens is a card game about kittens and sometimes goats. Players draw cards until someone pulls up the Exploding Kitten, explodes, and is out of the game.
The pack has a deck of 56 cards. A defuse card saves you after drawing the exploding kitten. You save yourself by having the defuse card in your possession and using laser pointers, catnip sandwiches, and belly rubs cards. The other cards in the deck are used to move or avoid and ease the effect of picking exploding kittens.
Exploding Kittens is designed by Élan Lee (designer of Xbox, ARGs), Mathew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel). It was the most funded game in Kickstarter crowdfunding history, and received over 106,000 backers in just seven days after opening. That tells you the kind of fanbase that the makers have.
From a Kickstarter project seeking an initial US$ 10,000 on January 27 2015, Exploding Kittens received US$ 8,782,571 in pledges by 219,382 backers on February 19 2015, to become the third biggest Kickstarter project ever.
Features of Exploding Kittens a Card Game about Kittens and Sometimes Goats
Exploding Kittens game is much like Russian Roulette where players draw cards until someone picks the exploding kitten and loses (unless they have the defuse card). A player can play as many cards as he/she wishes and must end the turn by drawing another card. The deck contains several cards, with each one measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Cards types and features include:
· Exploding Kitten: You lose if you draw this card unless you have the Defuse card in which case the Exploding Kitten is placed back in the deck and the defuse card is put aside and removed from the pack.
· Defuse: Prevents a player from losing the game after drawing the Exploding Kitten card.
· Skip: You will not have to pick a card at the end of your turn.
· Attack: You will not pick a card at the end of your turn and the next player will be at a disadvantage and have two turns.
· See the Future: The player is allowed to view the top three cards in the deck.
· Shuffle: The player is allowed to shuffle the deck.
· Favour: Another player has to give the current player a card from their hand.
· Nope: Stops another player from continuing their turn but cannot be used to stop the Exploding Kitten or Defuse cards.
· Two of A kind: Steal a random card from another player by playing a pair of matching kittens.
· Three of a Kind: Steal a named card from another player by playing three matching kittens. You get nothing if the player does not have the card you named.
· Slap: Ends the players turn and makes another player take any turns left plus one more turn. The slap card on the expansion pack is like the Attack card in the card deck.
· Reverse: Reverses the turn order and the player skips picking a card.
· Draw from the Bottom: The player picks from the bottom of pack and ends their turn.
· Annoy (in second expansion pack): Two random cards on the targeted players hand cannot be played until the player picks a card.
· Blind (in second expansion pack): All cards for the targeted players cards are changed into cat butts until the player draws a card.
· Fake Shuffle (in second expansion pack): Other players will see this as a shuffle but you will see it as a fake shuffle and get a random card.
· Kitten Role Call (in second expansion): Moves all the exploding kittens cards to the top of the pack.
· Alter the Future (in second expansion): Avoid exploding by switching up the playing order.
Is the Exploding Kittens A Game about Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats Worth Buying?
The Exploding Kitten card game is worth buying because it a fast paced game and is easy to play. You can also play the game on all mobile platforms and the illustrations are funny and cute.
· The game is exciting and easy to play.
· Two decks or expansion packs allow up to nine players to take part.
· The price of the deck of cards appears to be higher than most of the other card games in the market.
The Exploding Kittens card game has made history as the most backed Kickstarter project and the most funded game ever. You can also play it on your mobile phone as an app and it has a lot of moves and play cards making it an exciting game to play.
If you are a fan of card games like Top Trumps and Uno, then Exploding Cats may be a great addition to your games. Yes it is expensive, but compared to board games it is still a cheap option as they are often double this. As long as it keeps the family entertained that is money well spent in my eyes.
Note also that there is an expansion pack and also an adult version – be careful if you are buying for children that you get the right one!