Are There EXPLODING KITTENS For Real? – Game Review

Exploding Kittens Review Cover

Some kittens that explode? Really? What IS that!?

Look, if you’re reading an article about family card games, the Exploding Kittens will definitely catch your eye. 

It is definitely a special game, with no complicated instructions and very easy to learn.

This article was written by our experts, with lots of dedication & research,  including here playing the game ourselves, taking opinions of different characters & teams who have played this game, and other details. 

And we undoubtedly know that after reading this review, you’ll be able to know if this is the right game for you, by reading the game description and our sincere experience on this game.

Against the name, the game has nothing to do with hating cats or any kind of violence against animals. Exploding means that the kitten will ‘explode’ something, which in our case, is exploding a player,  so they can’t play anymore. (You’ll see later what I mean).

In the following, check the table of content, in order for you to not be clueless about what’s in here:

  • Most Asked Questions;
  • A Short Biography Of The Game;
  • Talking About The Box Design;
  • Inside The Box – Cards;
  • How Do You Play?;
  • Sharing My Game Experience;
  • The Price & Its Competitors;
  • Editions & Extra Packs;
  • Fun To Know;
  • Is This Game For You? – Final Thought!

Most Asked Questions

Questions And Answers
  • What is the purpose of Exploding Kittens?
    To ‘betray’ & trick your friends or family  into blowing up! 
  • Is the game hard to learn?
    No, not really. You can learn how to play in 2 minutes. (It gets better when you play it a few times.)
  • Is it totally appropriate for a family game night?
    Absolutely yes! Everyone who is over the age of 7 can play (or younger as well), there isn’t any adult language in the cards.
  • How many players can play the game?
    It can be played by 2-5 people.
  • What’s the difference with the NSFW edition?
    The NSFW (Not Safe For Work), is the grown-ups edition, ages 17+, because of its content.
  • How can you play with more than 5 people?
    You buy the amazing game expansions OR other extra packs!
  • What are some of the cards?
    Defuse, Nope, Skip, Tacocat, Exploding Kitten…

A Short Biography Of The Game

Box Dimensions: 4.41 x 6.38 x 1.5 Inches
Publishers: The Oatmeal
Created in: 2015
Made by: Matthew Inman & Elan Lee
Cards: 56 Cards
Recommended Age: 7+ 
Number Or Players: 2-5
Game Time: 15 minutes
Official Website:

Talking About The Box Design

We talked about the game’s history, what’s next? The design! Let’s see how our lovely game looks from the outside!


The box is pretty. End of discussion! 

It has a red color and it tells us the basic details of the game.The age, number of players, game time, the name and who’s it best for!

I find the ‘exploding kitten’ icon in the center of the front very very funny. Elan & Matthew, that was smart of you! 

The back is kinda too much information at a time…

Once again, there are the ‘specifics’ that should characterize your team. (age, players…)

We also see some card samples, and a short description of the game. Cool, huh?

Let’s not forget the sides of the box. Everything is important, have some mercy!

Well actually, there are no important details on the sides… All we can read about, is the name. We already know the name!!!

Inside The Box – Cards

Would it still be a card game, even if it didn’t have cards? No, of course not. What the hell are you talking?

You got it. The cards are the priority. Nothing makes sense without them…

As you can see, the cards are pretty special and creative as well. These are some of them:

  • Defuse cards;
Defuse Card
  • Attack cards;
Attack Card
  • Nope cards;
Nope Card
  • Super Nope cards;
Super Nope Card
  • Skip cards;
Skip Card
  • Shuffle cards;
Shuffle Card
  • See The Future cards;
See The Future Card
  • Tacocat cards;
Tacocat Card
  • Exploding Kitten cards;
Exploding Kitten Card

What makes the cards unique (even though lots of them share the same name), are the creative & funny drawings on them. 

We don’t want to spoil things, but anyways, here are some other cards:

Exploding Kittens Card List

(Note: This photo is a card list of the core game and one of the expansions.)

Also, check the cards list for every pack, it tells you about the types of cards inside every box.

How Do You Play Exploding Kittens?

We learnt about the game, we took a look at the cards… But, feels like something’s missing… What now? The RULES, exactly!

Stop that stress, it’s all easy, you just need to ‘turn on’ the concentration mode!

What you have to do, basically, is to try not to explode, if you do, oh man, you lose…

Now, keep the things I will say in the following attached to your brain:

First you take the Exploding Kittens cards & The Defuse Cards and set them aside. Give each player 1 defuse card, and if there’s any card left (out of 6), you put them back into the pile.

Whereas, what you do with the Exploding Kittens, is you mix them with the deck, BUT, make sure that there is 1 card less than the number of players. For example, let’s say if you are 5 people playing, you only use 4 Exploding Kittens.

You deal 7 cards to each player, and leave the other cards in the middle of the table. 

Set a criteria (based on your preferences), for example: The player who is the oldest starts, the player with the most impressive hair, or other ideas.

You play clockwise. Each player plays cards from their pile, and puts it on top of the deck & does whatever it says. You can play as many cards as you want, or no cards at all. When you want to end your turn and pass it to the next player, you draw another card from the deck & place it in your pile.

Be careful: If you draw an Exploding Kitten, you explode, so, you have to leave the game. Unless, you have a defuse card, which is the only way to save you from exploding.

It’s all easy with the cards. Each of them has instructions on it. Well, there are actually some cards with no instructions.

I’m confusing you a bit, huh? No worries, it’s all okay. The cat cards (just as Tacocat, Beard Cat, Cattermelon, Hairy Potato Cat, Rainbow- Ralphing Cat), usually have no instructions at all.

What you have to do is to collect 2 or more cards of any kind. If you do that, you pick a player by whom you want to ‘steal’ a card.

This is it. The rules. It may seem a bit too complicated, but, believe me, it isn’t!

Here’s a photo of the instructions in case you were wondering:

Exploding Kittens Instructions

What about a surprise? Here are the instructions in: African, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Arabic, Japanese, Russian.

Oh, and yeah, we’ll add a video link if you want to hear the rules once more: How To Play Exploding Kittens.

Sharing My Game Experience

To start, we were 4 players (which I think is just okay to play Exploding Kittens). 

Now, following the rules, we dealt 7 cards for each of us. Since I was the oldest in the room, I started playing first.

The first card I played was a ‘See the future’. Meaning, I had the opportunity to privately view the first 3 cards of the deck (that’s how you know if you or any other opponent will have an exploding kitten).

See The Future - Experience Card

I didn’t want to play any other card, that’s why I ended my turn by drawing one: It was a Tacocat!!! (Oh, how much I love how they look…) 

We were playing clockwise, that’s why the next player was my nephew (9 years old), on my left. He played 2 cards in his turn: A shuffle (he shuffled the deck), and an attack (he ended his turn without drawing a card, and had the opportunity to force another player to turn, which fortunately wasn’t me).

Next was my younger sister, standing right in front of me. She chose to not play a card, so she only drew one, and guess her bad luck? She drew an exploding kitten!!! But, lucky her, she had a diffuse card… 

Exploding Kitten - Experience Card
Defuse Card - Experience Card

When my turn came again (for the third or fourth time I guess, I can’t remember the details since it has been 2 years since then), I used a ‘strategy’: played a ‘See the future’, than I saw that the second card was an exploding kitten, so it meant my little nephew had to die.

Since he is the sweetie pie of our family and the most sensitive one as well (you know, kids), I didn’t want him to leave the game, because let me tell you, he was having the fun of his life, so next I played a shuffle card, and I mixed all the cards.

After playing 2 cards, I had to draw one from the deck, and fortunately it wasn’t an exploding kitten, because I had no more defuse cards left. I guess it’s sort of luck..

Nevermind, straight to the point, next I drew a Nope card. Again, lucky human here! I had one card I could use to stop any action: (example) If someone attacks you, you can use the Nope and not take 2 turns.

Nope - Experience Card

The game went on. I drew another defuse card, another tacocat, the others drew some more cat cards, skip cards, shuffles, personal attacks, nopes, and more (I will not mention all of them, you’ll have to quit sleeping).

First player to die was my brother (1 year younger). He got an exploding kitten at first, but, since we all had our defuse cards, he survived. But, the second time, sorry bro, you had to explode!!!

Oh God, you can’t imagine how competitive we all became, especially when there were only 3 players left. We all wanted to win, but the game was so intense…

Guess who won the game? Me! Oh, I really worked hard, lol. I started forgetting it was only a card game, I gave all my energy….

Did we order other expansions later? Of course yes! First, we got the NSFW for the adults in our family to have a blast, then the Party Pack for a larger group. (Looking forward to ordering all the other expansions as well).

There was nothing inappropriate at all about playing this with kids. We all laughed so much, our stomach started aching!!! 

The Price & Its Competitors

Where to find it? The struggle is real, we get it! Well, here are some shops to find the game:

Now, being this cool & fun, and not having competition? Mehh, no, think about it! Of course it has, here are Exploding Kittens competitors;

Cards Against Humanity – $25.00

Cards Against Humanity

Don’t panic. Cards Against Humanity isn’t really against humanity, but what I agree, is that it is tons of fun! Includes 600 cards, and is recommended for adults only, ages 17+.

What makes it cooler are the large number of expansions and, wait, there’s one more thing, you can play all the expansions as drinking games! Cool isn’t it?

Throw Throw Burrito – $24.99

Throw Throw Burrito

Will you throw throw that burrito? This is another cool game that contains 120 cards and 2 cute foam made burritos. It is kid friendly, of course, for everyone who is 7 or older!

How do you lose points? When you get hit by a burrito. You’re gonna enjoy it, I promise!

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – $9.97

Taco Cat Goat Cheese

Oh, too many names in a box! One of the most creative as well… This box has 66 cards inside, and it is appropriate for basically all ages. Can be played by 3 or more players!

The point is to be the most competitive player out here! It will connect & gather around the whole family!

Exploding Kittens Editions & Extra Packs

1. The NSFW Edition


We had some good stuff for kids, now, it’s time for adulthood only! The NSFW Edition has a very adult & explicit content, let me tell you.

This edition has the same number of cards as the core game, 56. And the reason why it is NOT for sensitive and young people (not under 17 years), is that the sentences and the photos in the cards can be really dirty.

2. Imploding Kittens – $14.99

Imploding Kittens

What’s the opposite of Exploding Kittens? It’s Imploding Kittens! We LOVE the design. It is a special box mostly about the astronomy addicted fellas! Sadly, it is just an expansion. It has 20 cards to mic with your deck, and there are the exact same rules.

It has super funny cards and content. No matter what generation you’re playing with, you’ll all love it!

3. Party Pack – $24.99

Exploding Kittens Party Pack

 It’s the party pack y’all! Who doesn’t love parties and everything related to them? That’s right, no one! This pack has  a HUGE set, 112 cards! As you may assume, it is ages 7+.

But what’s that special about this game? Unlike the other versions (2-5 players), the Party Pack can be played by up to 10 people!!!

4. Barking Kittens Expansion – $14.99

Barking Kittens

 Now, it’s time for another astonishing expansion. Barking Kittens? Kittens that have the spirit of a dog? 

Well, this special box has 20 more cards to add to your main game. It can be played by the same ages, 7 years or older. It also has some special cards, which is the coolest thing!

Here’s a note if something isn’t clear: We mentioned just 4 of many amazing Exploding Kittens expansions, editions or other packs.

One more important detail: If you buy 2 or more decks of the same edition/ expansion, that DOESN’T mean you can play with more people. If you want to increase the number of players, you’ll have to buy different packs. So, If you already have the, let’s say, core game, you’ll have to buy another expansion.

Fun To Know

Fun To Know About Exploding Kittens
  • You can also get the game as an app in Google Play & App Store;
  • It has sold around 10 million copies;
  • We got it, you’re clever. That’s why, if you have any ideas for new games or anything creative, you can submit them here!
  • You can also find the game in Italian, French, German, Dutch, Chinese
  • Over 50,000 ratings on Amazon!

Is This Game For You? – Final Thought

Now, we don’t want to influence your opinion. Therefore, as a summary, take a look at this table where we clearly compared what we love and what we don’t about Exploding Kittens:

The strong pointsThe weak points
Kid- Friendly (Except NSFW);
Available in other languages;
The creativity of cards;
Lots of expansions;
The party packs for up to 10 players.Easy rules.
Only 56 cards in the core game;
Most packs are designed for only 2-5 players.

We’ll say it once more: We love it. It is one of people’s favorite card games, and this has also been influenced by the fact that it is a very heartwarming way to gather the whole family together. 

Even though you may stress and think there are too many cards and too many rules, believe us, there’s nothing like that. It’s all easy, no hard instructions. All it requires is some concentration.

Such a good way to keep your eyes off the phone, and to ‘train’ your brain by focussing and using some strategy.

Dear Kittens, keep reading, keep playing!

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