GAME REVIEW: Exploding Kittens (2015)

This week, Ontario heads into “Phase 2” of re-opening.  With gatherings of up to 10 people permitted, it’s about time to release this review I’ve been sitting on for three months!

EXPLODING KITTENS (2015 card game)

Quick and simple card games are great for work lunch hours.  Here’s one that you can play a round of in 10 to 20 minutes.  Although the game states it’s for 2 to 5 players, it works best with 4 to 5.

Exploding Kittens is very simple.  There is a deck of cards with different kinds of kittens on them.  You don’t want the exploding kind.  If you draw an exploding kitten, the only way to survive is with a defuser card.  Once you run out of those, you better watch out.

There are all sorts of cards to help you stay alive.  The “See the Future” card will allow you to view the next three cards in the deck.  If you don’t like what’s next for you to draw, you could play a “Shuffle”,  “Skip” or “Attack” card, forcing somebody else to pick it up.  If you don’t want to be forced, you can play a “Nope” card to cancel it.  But it’s just as easy for somebody else to “Nope” your “Nope” card!  We had a chain of four “Nopes” in a row.

The simplicity of the game is what makes it enjoyable, although the amusing cat artwork on the cards is also worthwhile.  There are certain cat cards that you can collect to put together combo moves.  Stealing cards from an opponent can be a killer move (literally!) if you can get their defusers.

For added fun (and players) you can pick up an expansion pack with even more kittens, though we have a blast with just the basic game.

4/5 stars


    1. Awesome! I am glad a) people know this game, and b) agree with me. Friend Ryan says he “has a system” and is “unbeatable”. He also has two expansion decks.


      1. I think the first we heard of it was via James. My memory tells me he was involved in helping fund the game early on? I could be wrong about that. Anyway, the kids have a great laugh with it. We’ll have to consider expansion sets, at some point, though no one here has a system!


        1. It’s one of the biggest kickstarters ever so I bet James was involved!

          By the way he is no longer offering me $7 to eat a worm. He spent the money on a hair cut.


    1. I remember reading a video game magazine in the 80s. There was one article that stood out to me and I’ll never forget. The question at hand was “Is Pacman so popular because its controls or so simple? Or is Defender popular because its controls are complex?”

      There is a market for both, but I find in card/board games, sometimes simplicity is in greater need.

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