Exploding Kittens Review (Exploding Kittens)

Exploding Kittens
What It Is

Exploding Kittens, one of the most-backed and probably well-known games in Kickstarter history, is a card game from the same minds behind the humor blog, The Oatmeal.

Exploding kittens is a self-described "highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette," and that's a pretty good way to describe it. The goal of the game is simple, don't get blown up. Doing so, however, requires a bit more luck and strategy. The game is played with two to five players. The deck of cards includes four Exploding Kittens cards, six Defuse cards, and an assortment of various other cards. 

Shuffle all the other cards and deal four to each player. Each player is also dealt one Defuse card. Then shuffle one fewer Exploding Kittens cards than the number of people playing. Also shuffle the remaining Defuse cards back into the deck and place it at the center of the gaming area. This will be your draw pile. The game begins. 

Gameplay: On each player's turn, he plays a card from his game and draws a cards from the deck. Cards feature different actions you can play during the game. 

  • See the Future Cards allow you to secretly peak at the next three cards in the deck
  • Shuffle Cards let you shuffle the deck
  • Attack Cards force the next player to draw two cards on his turn. 
  • Skip Cards let you skip a turn.
  • Play a Favor Card to force someone to give you a card. 
  • Counter an Attack or Favor at any time with Nope Cards, which allow you to say "Nope" to any action. 
  • Cards that don't have instructions at all are pair cards that you work to match, which allow you to then steal a card from another player on your turn. 

You can play as many cards are you want on a turn but once you draw, your turn ends. 

The goal of the game is not to get caught with an Exploding Kitten Card. Once you draw one of these, you have two options depending on what's in your hand. Play a Diffuse Card and return the Exploding Kitten Card anywhere into the deck, or (if you don't have a Diffuse Card) blow up. 

Is It Fun?

Gameplay is fast and the characters and illustrators will become much like Cards Against Humanity cards, where you look out for your favorite humor cards to play. 

It's one that perfectly pairs humor with simple gameplay so basically, much as Cards Against Humanity, it's the kind of game that casts a wide net of players-so long as they aren't easily offended anyway. 

Who It’s For

Exploding Kittens is for ages 7 and up. 

This game will appeal to players that are fans of The Oatmeal, quick game play, party games, and more.


This game may be offensive to some, so as usual when selecting a game, use your better judgement.

What To Be Aware Of

In addition, there are also two-player variations, Advanced Play combos, and expansion packs that add to the repeat play value of the game. 

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy