Today, I’m going to review and tell all you party lovers about how to play Exploding Kittens.
Exploding kittens is an addictive party game that’s fast paced and very easy to play. Its one of those card games that you can’t just play only once.
Be warned, if you have other games lined up for the evening, don’t be surprised if this game ends up hogging all the attention instead 😉
Concept of Exploding Kittens
Exploding kittens is a card game of elimination, think of it as a kitty version of Russian roulette. Whoever is the last player to survive is the winner.
Types of Cards
Action cards may be played at the start of a players turn and nope cards can be used by anyone at any time to block other players, even if the action card isn’t meant for them.
Action Cards are broken up into categories: Defuse, Attack, Skip, Shuffle, See the Future.
Cat Cards are considered non action cards.
Nope Cards are meant to block players.
If a player draws an exploding kitten, this card will prevent them from being eliminated.
The player will then take the exploding kitten and may secretly shuffle the card back in the deck or even place it at the very top for the next player.
The defuse card is then discarded.
These cards may be played at anytime by anyone to block other players from completing that action.
The action card is discarded and the player that got blocked continues their turn as normal.
Nope Cards can also stop other Nope cards. Discarded after play.
The player that uses this card ends their turn immediately, then forces the next player to take 2 turns in a row. That player may play action cards and Draw a card or just draw a card.
After drawing a card, the player must do it all over again. If that player is lucky, they won’t draw an exploding kitten. This card is discarded after played.
Exactly as it says…you can end your turn without drawing a card. However, if this card is played as a defense to an attack, you only skip 1 of the 2 forced turns.
You need 2 skip cards to avoid someone playing an attack card against you.
Force any player to give you 1 card of their choice to you.
Shuffle the draw pile without viewing any of the cards
See The Future
Peek at the top 3 cards from the draw pile. Do not show the cards to the other players
These cards do not have any instructions on them. If played as a matching pair, you can pick a player and steal a random card from their hand.
2 of a Kind Action Cards
Similar, to the cat cards. The two action cards that have the same icons in their corners may be played as a pair (action instructions are ignored).
A player may steal a random card from any player.
3 of a Kind Action Cards
A player with 3 identical action cards may ask any player for a specific card i.e. Defuse. However, if the player doesn’t have it, then you get nothing.
5 of a Kind Action Cards
If you’re able to play 5 cards with different icons (instructions or no instructions) the player may choose one card from the discard pile.
Exploding Kitten Cards
When drawn the player is eliminated.
How to Play Exploding Kittens
Objective: Don’t get blown up! Be the last player standing 😉
Game Set Up
- First remove all the exploding kitten cards and the defuse cards from the deck
- Shuffle the deck and deal 4 cards to each player face down
- Then give each player 1 defuse card
- Then take the exploding kitten cards and put them back in the deck. Make sure that the number of exploding kittens in play is 1 card fewer than the number of players. (4 players = 3 exploding kitten cards)
- Put in the defuse cards, shuffle the deck and place it face down in the middle of the table.
- Pick a player to go first.
Start The Game
- The player will begin by playing any action cards or they don’t have to play anything and just end their turn by taking one card from the top of the draw pile. There is no limit to the number of cards a player may have in their hand at one time.
- If a player decides to play an action card instead, it must be resolved first before continuing. After the action card has been resolved, the player may continue playing action cards then finally draw a card unless the last card is a skip.
- After drawing a card, the next player to the left goes next and play continues until there is one person left in the game.
Exploding Kittens Review
Exploding kittens is a card game that my group enjoys a lot. Although each game is only meant to last 15 minutes, it’s happened on a few occasions where we just ended playing this game all evening!
Although the game is based on the luck of the draw, there is still some strategy as to when to play certain cards. When having the right cards at the right time, you can’t help but a feel a little sorry for the person that you set up to pick up an exploding kitten card, but that’s what makes the game hilarious.
The game really comes to life towards the end, where there are less players and the draw pile just keeps getting smaller and smaller. Knowing that there’s an exploding kitten somewhere, you can’t help but laugh when the card is finally drawn.
As for myself, I recommend this game for anyone looking for a casual gaming experience. Its not complicated, fast paced and is a wonderful introduction to people new to the genre, not to mention the illustrations are hilarious! Exploding kittens makes for a great party game!
For extra fun, consider picking up the Explicit NSFW version of the game. Just make sure the kids aren’t around when playing this one 😉
Exploding Kittens Expansion Packs
If you enjoyed the base game, you can’t miss out on the expansions.
The first expansion pack is Imploding kittens. This expansion increases the max number of players from 5 to 6 and even better, adds the cone of shame 😉
If a player happens to forget and asks who’s turn it is, they must wear the cone of shame for the entire game or until someone else forgets!
The second expansion is Streaking Kittens. This expansion adds 15 new cards to the game and ups the strategy a little more.
Aside from the other cards, the streaking kitten lets you hold an exploding kitten card in your hand, which means another player could accidentally steal it from your hand.
Exploding Kittens Party Pack
Finally, if you’re looking to host a larger group, I recommend getting the party pack. The game supports 2 to 10 players.
The deck includes cards from Imploding kittens as well as 10 new cards.
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