Are you bored of the same old family game night; losing scrabble tiles under the sofa, waging outright war with your family over Monopoly, perhaps it’s time for Exploding Kittens. A strategic, hilarious card game that will keep you chuckling away like an insane person all day.
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I live in a household full of geeks. I mean, proper geeks. Our walls are covered in geeky posters, we have so many computer consoles and games it would blow your mind (the cables, oh so many cables!) Our shelves are stacked with superhero dvds, Pop Vinyl figures and random collectables we acquire in our weekly charity shop rummages. We have an entire section of our living room dedicated to board and card games. We have the usual suspects; Monopoly, Cluedo, Connect Four, but we make the effort to find new and unusual games to learn and play at our weekly game night. Yes we have an entire day per week for games!
During my weekly online browsing I came across a quirky little card game called Exploding Kittens. These two words immediately made me chuckle and I had to find out more.
Exploding Kittens is well known as being one of the most successful Kickstarter products, with a pledge of $10,000 reaching to the insane amount of $8.7 million! The game was created by Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel) and has been on sale since 2015. There is a family version and a separate Adult version of the game for your friendly drunken gatherings.
As explained in the Kickstarter campaign,’Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.
The game gets more and more intense with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck means a greater chance of drawing the kitten and exploding in a fiery ball of feline hyperbole.’
We had to buy this game right away, and it didn’t disappoint. I am a huge fan of The Oatmeal comics. The quirky, sometimes straight up freaky drawings tickle my funny bone. I don’t want to give too much away in terms of content because one of the main attractions of the game is the variation of ludicrously silly play card illustrations and descriptions. WARNING: Do not eat or drink while playing Exploding Kittens, you will most likely cover your friends in said substance when you pick up and read each card!
EXPLODING KITTENS: NSFW EDITION
Now that the kids are tucked away in bed, happy and content that they have learned the wonders of Rainbow Ralphing Cat, it’s time to get freaky! No, I don’t mean that, I mean Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition. If your sense of humour responds favourably to the Asparagus Bum Dragon or The Penis Balloon, then this NSFW edition should be part of your collection. The card illustrations and descriptions are not so crude that you feel the need to visit confession afterwards, they are just the right amount of wacky that you will want to hide this version from the kids to avoid the awkward questions.
We are very happy with our ever growing card game collection, and Exploding Kittens is now the goto game when we have a spare 20 minutes to play. We also take this game with us on days out so we can play on the train or while in cafes. We have received a few strange looks, but it’s totally worth it! If you are not an enthusiastic card player, but enjoy a good chuckle, this easy and hilarious game is worth every penny.
Do you have your own copy of Exploding Kittens? Have you tried the NSFW edition? Leave a comment with your thoughts.