Last winter on our trip to Whistler we popped into the toy store and picked up a new game. The pictures looked just like the Onion which I find hilarious. The last card game we bought at the store was a total bust so I was cautiously optomistic with this one. I chatted with the shop lady and she said this had been an incredibly popular game. In fact I got their last box until the next shipment came in. I have been planning to review this for ages and have completely lost track of time, and it got buried on my desk and I kind of forgot…oops! It happens! Anyway, let’s get to it!
Our version of Exploding Kittens is rated for people 7 and up and they say it takes about 15 minutes to play. We found that to be about right, although we also found the game went a lot faster with fewer people. A side note if you are playing with kids: make sure you get this version (pictured above). There are other versions that are considered NSFW (Not Safe For Work) which I hear are hilarious but might not be great for the shorties in your life. The game is great for 2-5 players.
The main premise of the game is to avoid exploding. This comes in the form of an exploding kitten card. You will be given a “diffuse card” at the start of play which will protect you once from exploding. You can get more diffuse cards in the deck or from other players, but this is the only card that will save you and once you explode you are out of the game. There are lots of other cards that add different elements of fun to the game or various twists and turns – things like seeing the future, “Nope” cards, and skip. A video explaining the rules is below.
We found this game to be tons of fun and have played it alot. I like the size of the box – it is small and easy to pack for our various trips. You also don’t need a huge amount of space to play making it perfect for airports, travel trailers, airplanes and at home. There is some strategy involved, but this is really more a game of luck. We are going to be giving the expansion pack of “Imploding Kittens” to our son for Christmas this year too. This not only brings in new cards and allows more people to play but also brings in the “Cone of Shame”.
We highly recommend checking this out. It is so much fun and will have your family in stitches!