“It’s like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you.” – CNN

Our Rating (based on the design and game experience): 4.8 out of 5 stars

Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (60,739 ratings)

Price: $19.99 plus shipping

Specifics:

  • Number of Cards: 56 
  • Number of Players: 2–5
  • Playing Time: 20min 
  • Age: 7+
  • Comes with user guide (rules)

About Exploding Kittens

Year released:2015
CEO:Carly McGinnis
Creators:Matthew Inman, Elan Lee, Shane Small
Publishers:Ad Magic, Inc., (Self-Published), Exploding Kittens, +12 other
Official site:explodingkittens.com
Categories:Toys & Games, Card Game, Animals

– What is Exploding Kittens?

Exploding Kittens is a card game which can be played by anyone who’s older than 7 years old. It can be played by 2-5 players, and it can last up to 20 minutes. 

-Who will enjoy it[Exploding Kittens] the most?

Everyone that understands how the game should be played. Also, everyone who has a will to have a good time playing a good card game.

-Does Exploding Kittens have other versions, editions, or expansion packs?

Exploding Kittens (the original edition) has expansion packs, a few of which include: Imploding Kittens, Streaking Kittens, Barking Kittens.

Besides the original edition, Exploding Kittens has other editions which come with expansion packs. A few of them include: NSFW Edition, Party Pack Edition.

The First Impression – Unboxing Exploding Kittens

The box is 4.41 x 6.38 x 1.5 inches. It looks quite interesting. In the back of it has a small description about the game.

Once you open the box you will see an advertising card of their edition or any of the expansion packs.

Inside the box you might also find a “fancy code” to win a bonus gift. Which usually is in that advertising card.

Next thing you’ll see is the user guide or the rules. How the paper looks like, and how understandable it is you will read about it further in this article. 

After the rules, you will see two decks of cards, each in a sealed package. There is no particular reason about why they’re divided. 

Everything looks fine and okay so far. Now it’s time to talk about its designs. 

The Design

The box’s color is red, with a fun looking illustration on the front of it.
Has this mat finish, which feels pretty good when holding it.

The rules paper. It is also well designed, and it’s pretty easy to read and comprehend. Has illustrations that make it even easier to understand it. (you will read further about this on How to Play)

The types of cards are each explained (their use, how they look like), is also very well done.

The example part, and the special combos give it some good bonus points. 

The Cards’ Design

The back of the cards is red and has “Exploding Kittens” written with cute, and simple artwork. 

Different from the box, the cards don’t have a mat finish. However, they feel really nice when holding them.

Each card is illustrated, and as a deck it is quite colorful. The illustrations and the texts on the cards are quite funny, which make the game more fun to play.

The Cards’ Content

There are a few types of cards, which determine the rules of the game. Each has its description, and fun illustration. 

9 types of cards in total, each having their own role in the game. Each have ‘the mighty power’ to change the course of the game. 

How to Play Exploding Kittens

These two are the guide on how to play Exploding Kittens. This is what you will see inside the box along with the cards. These are instructions you need in order to play the game. 

They also made a video in order to make it clearer:

It is relatively easy to learn. It might take you 5-10 minutes until you completely understand how the game should be played. 

Playing the Game/How the Game is Really Like

Once you understand how the game actually goes, the game is pretty simple, and absolutely fun to play with friends, or family, or anyone who agrees to play with you.

After gathering with whoever you decided to play with (should be up to 5 people). You get around the table, or wherever you feel comfortable and start playing…

Keep in mind that this is perfect for those who are blessed with that competitive spirit that comes out almost everywhere. 

These people will make the game more fun. Think again before avoiding inviting someone you know that is blessed in such a way.

They will accept anything but explode. Once they explode, wait for the laughters to explode too. It’s gonna be that party!

If you have kids, they and you will love it! The illustrations attract kids quite a lot, and thankfully this is one of the ‘allowed’ games for them. 

Also the way that the game is played, will be easy to explain to them. Don’t be surprised if they start explaining it to you!

The game is very fun to play, and it can be replayed as much as you wish. You can add your own twists. Example: the winner gets a treat.

It is definitely one of those fun games that give you those fun times with whoever you’re playing it with.

Plus, if you don’t feel like gathering around too many people, but still want to laugh and have fun playing, you can invite just one friend and have a good time just as much as you would with 4 others.

Exploding Kittens – The Competition

1. Unstable Unicorns

Price on Amazon: $19.97 plus shipping
Number of cards: 135
Age: 14+

Description: The game can be played by 2-8 people. Compared to Exploding Kittens, the artwork is different and more ‘clean’ (meaning, less gross). Just like Exploding Kittens, you will have to ‘destroy’ your opponents in order to win.

2. Cards Against Humanity

Price on Amazon : $25.00 plus shipping
Number of cards: 600
Age: 17+

Description: It can be played by 4-20 people. It is very simple to play, and absolutely fun. The way it is played is different compared to Exploding Kittens, however, it is very much loved by card games lovers.

For more details on out review about Cards Against Humanity.

3. Bad People

Price on Amazon: $29.95 plus shipping
Number of cards: 580
Age: 17+

Description: This game can be played by 3-10 people. Has question cards, and it is perfect to play with friends or family and know more about them. The game is definitely a lot more different than Exploding Kittens, but it is another favorite for the card games lovers.

4. Joking Hazard

Price on Amazon: $25.00 plus shipping
Number of cards: 360
Age: 17+

Description: Can be played by up to 4 people. It is considered to be full of inappropriate jokes. The game is different compared to Exploding Kittens. The only common thing is that they’ve got illustrated cards, and they’re part of the favorite card games list.

Comparing Exploding Kittens with its competitors

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Exploding Kittens1. Has an adult edition2. Nicely illustrated cards3. Price1. Takes a while to learn the rules
Unstable Unicorns1. Has a travel edition2. The design 1. Takes a while to learn the rules
Cards Against Humanity1. Has a family edition2. Simple rules3. Number of players1. Not suitable for all2. The tendency to be offending
Bad People1. Simplicity of the rules1. Doesn’t have a family-kid-friendly edition
Joking Hazard1. Number of players2. Illustrations1. Price (in raport with its number of cards, especially comparing it to other card games)

Did You Know?

  • Exploding Kittens’ estimated annual revenue is $4 million.
  • You can play Exploding Kittens with Microsoft’s Zo chatbot. [venturebeat.com]
  • There are versions of Exploding Kittens in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Russian, and Finnish.
  • If you’ve got a game idea, you can submit it to them here.

Price – Buying Exploding Kittens

You can buy it for $19.99 or EUR 17.11 plus shipping, on Amazon.

Besides the price of the game, you will have to pay for the shipping too. The shipping price depends on where you live. 

Let’s say you live in the U.K, you will have to pay $9.25 for shipping. 

You can check out how much the shipping costs in your country by clicking the Amazon link above.

If you wish to purchase expansion packs to add them to the core game, you will have to purchase them individually because they don’t come with the core game. 

They cost from $12.95 or EUR 11.08 to $36.00 or EUR 30.00.

Enjoy!

Is it Actually Worth it? – Final Thoughts

Here are a few things that we separated on “You’re probably going to love”, and “You’re probably going to hate” based on our experience, our findings, and tests on the game:

You’re probably going to love:You’re probably going to hate:
The artwork

You can add expansions

Each round can last 10-20 minutes

You won’t need anything else but the game and at least another player
2-5 players only

You will notice if a card is missing

It requires interaction between the players, which is a very positive thing. Everyone will be paying attention, they’ll be trying not to get exploded.

Besides the player interaction which is very important, the game complexity is another thing you should look for before getting a game.

In this case, Exploding Kittens is not one of those complex games that takes you hours until you realize what’s going on. This means, Exploding Kittens is relatively simple to play, and easy to learn.

As for replayability, each round can last up to 20 minutes, and you can play it until you can no more. If you over do it, of course it’ll get boring after a while, but there are always options if you want to refresh it. 

There are expansion packs you can add to the game, but also different editions you can try out (which also have expansions available).

The cards are fun – the writings on them and the artwork. Kids will love it, you will love it. It is indeed one of the games you want to play on the card game nights. 

So, is it actually worth it? Yes, it is actually worth it.

As it says on The Rules paper: Stop Reading! Go Play!

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