Exploding Kittens is an easy to learn game that allows up 9 people the ability to destroy each other without leaving a mess. Each game typically lasts 15-20 minutes depending on how many people you have playing. We played with 4 people (1 deck) and 9 people (2 decks)
Brief rundown of a round of Exploding Kittens:
One person shuffles the cards to make sure that there is 1 less exploding kitten than players and also ensure that each player has 1 diffuser card. Then they pass out 4 cards per player. The player to the left of the dealer goes first. Gameplay is a little different than most games because each player plays a card first then draws at the end of their turn. There is no limit of cards that the player can have in their hand. It’s a combination of UNO and WAR.
There are 6 action cards: Skip, Attack, Nope, Shuffle, See the Future, and Favor
Skip – Allows the player to skip their turn – this means that you don’t need draw a card and risk getting an exploding kitten
Attack – Similar to skip, except the next player has to play 2 rounds instead of one.
Nope – Cancels out every action except Defuse and Exploding Kitten. You can Nope a Nope as well to keep the action active.
Shuffle – Shuffles the deck
See the Future – allows you to see the top 3 cards on your deck.
Favor – you can have 1 player of your choosing give you a card of their choice.
There are also 5 different cards that have no action. If you collect 2 of the same card, you can pick any random card from another player’s hand. If you collect 3 of the same card, you can pick a specific card from another player’s hand. You can also combine multiple Nope cards as well.
If you draw an exploding kitten and you have a Defuse Card, you can prevent the kitten from exploding then put the card back into the deck. If you do not have a defuse card, the kitten explodes and you’re removed from the game. The last person standing wins.
What I like about this game:
It’s not complicated. The game takes 5 minutes tops to grasp its concept and then after that you start to develop some really interesting strategies.
It’s fast: Each game that we played lasted 15 minutes at the most which meant that we got a lot of games in and everyone who played was able to develop their own strategies.
What I didn’t like about this game:
The game felt too easy: There needs to be something other than the Defuse card to prevent the Exploding Kitten from exploding. I feel that this game could have a couple of other elements to add depth to the game. We might make some house rules where the Kitten has a chance of exploding by rolling a six sided die. This is the first edition so I’m sure expansion packs will provide more challenging.
Exploding Kittens is a well thought out game that is easy to learn and can be a lot of fun depending on the experience of the players. We definitely had a great time seeing how well we could hide the Exploding Kitten in the deck. We also made the game even more interesting by placing the Kitten right on top and making it obvious that we were doing it. Exploding Kittens is one of those games that you can play while drinking and not have to worry about losing track of what’s going on.