Exploding Kittens: Adorable and Weird Family Fun

About Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a card game with one main goal: don’t blow up. Hidden within a deck of cards are several exploding kittens. Players take turns drawing and playing cards, hoping not to draw an exploding kitten while scheming ways to get other players to draw the exploding kitten cards. Once you blow up, you’re out of the game.

Number of Players: 2-5

Recommended Ages: 7+

Other cards in the deck allow you to see the future, take other players' cards, diffuse an exploding kitten, and skip your turn. While each player must draw a card at the end of all of their turns, they can choose whether or not to play cards each hand. This allows for players to save their cards for strategic use when the game heats up and exploding kitten cards start to appear.

However, because players aren’t required to play a card on their turn, the first 5-10 minutes of the game can be fairly dull with people just drawing cards and looking at each other. Once people start drawing exploding kitten cards from the deck, the game heats up, but until the first exploding kitten is drawn, you feel a lot like you’re not playing a game at all.

The artwork on the game’s playing cards is at times funny, at times adorable, and at times very weird. Each card you pick up has an interesting illustration, which makes what could otherwise be dull game play more entertaining.

The game also takes a relatively short time to play, so it a good game for quick family fun when you don’t have a lot of time. And while strategy certainly comes into play, for the most part, winning the game comes down to luck, so it makes the game more appealing to younger players because they're often able to win.

The game’s box promises that the game takes two minutes to learn. While it may take two minutes to read through the instructions, convoluted game play and dozens of actionable cards means that you’ll be referring back to the instructions multiple times during the game. Even after playing the game dozens of times, you'll get confused about what cards perform what actions, and you'll spend a good portion of playing time referring to the instructions.

While Exploding Kittens can be a little monotonous for adults, kids love it. In the end, it's a good family game that's worth adding to your collection.