17 Games Like Exploding Kittens For All The Buffs

Games Like Exploding Kittens - Cover Photo

Ladies & gents, its majesty (drum rolls): Exploding Kittens!!! Even though we suppose it’s one of your favorite party games, after playing it hundreds of times, it’s common to get bored of it, considering you already know all the strategies and cards. Luckily, there are a few other card games that bring the same vibe, just like Exploding Kittens, and you will get to meet them right now!

  • The games:
  1. Throw Throw Burrito;
  2. Cards Against Humanity;
  3. Sushi Go Party!;
  4. Love Letter;
  5. UNO;
  6. Unstable Unicorns;
  7. Happy Little Dinosaurs;
  8. Skip-Bo;
  9. Gubs;
  10. Sparkly Kitty;
  11. You’ve Got Crabs!;
  12. Here To Slay;
  13. Skull;
  14. Fluxx;
  15. Munchkin;
  16. Llamas Unleashed;
  17. Bears VS. Babies;
  • Windup;

1. Throw Throw Burrito

Throw Throw Burrito

Get it on Amazon ($24.99) & Target ($24.99) | 2 to 6 players | Ages 7+

Throw Throw Burrito is a game that combines card collecting with physical action, where players aim to gather sets of cards while dodging or throwing squishy burritos at each other to gain points or cause opponents to lose them. The game, known for its humor and engagement, escalates into “burrito wars,” leading to hilarious moments until a predetermined score signals the end.

2. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Get it on Amazon ($14.99) & Target ($14.99) | 2 to 6 players | Ages 13+

Cards Against Humanity is our favorite game because it’s all about making the funniest match between cards. Unlike Exploding Kittens, which is more suitable for families and has a cartoon style, Cards Against Humanity has a more adult theme.

3. Sushi Go Party!

Sushi Go Party!

Get it on Amazon ($21.95) & Walmart ($20.66) | 2 to 8 players | Ages 8+ 

Sushi Go is a family card game where players collect cards to create sets of sushi dishes for points, including things like nigiri, rolls, and desserts. Unlike Exploding Kittens, which focuses on avoiding losing, Sushi Go is about making the best sushi combinations for points, but both games are easy and fun to play.

4. Love Letter

Love Letter

Get it on Amazon ($11.99) & Target ($11.99) | 2 to 6 players | Ages 10+

Love Letter is a game where players, acting as different characters like the King or Guard, try to send a love letter to a Princess who wants to find a partner. It’s similar to Exploding Kittens because both games are easy to learn, but Love Letter has a romantic, old-time story.

5. UNO

UNO

Get it on Amazon ($6.49) & Target ($5.79) | 2 to 10 players | Ages 7+

This is about a card game called UNO, which costs less than $10 and includes 108 cards with numbers and special actions. Players must match cards by number or color and say “UNO” when they have one card left, aiming to score points based on opponents’ remaining cards.

Exploding Kittens and UNO are both card games where matching cards is key, but UNO allows for more strategic play, reducing the impact of luck. You can play Drunk Uno mode.

6. Unstable Unicorns

Unstable Unicorns

Get it on Amazon ($19.97) & Target ($19.99) | 2 to 8 players | Ages 8+

In the game Unstable Unicorns, your goal is to gather seven unicorns to win, using different types of cards to build your team and beat others. The game has easy-to-follow instructions on each card, colorful pictures, and winning involves a bit of luck.

7. Happy Little Dinosaurs

Happy Little Dinosaurs

Get it on Amazon ($20.00) & Target ($20.49) | 2 to 4 players | Ages 8+

In “Happy Little Dinosaurs,” players become dinosaurs trying to overcome challenges like falling into lava or being chased by squirrels to earn points. The game ends when a player gets 50 points or is the last dinosaur standing, and it requires more planning than just relying on luck, similar to how “Exploding Kittens” works.

8. Skip-Bo

Skip Bo

Get it on Amazon ($8.99) & Target ($7.89) | 2 to 6 players | Ages 7+ 

Skip-Bo is a card game where players aim to get rid of all their cards by putting them in order on piles. It’s fun for all ages, similar to games like Exploding Kittens and UNO, and uses numbered and Wild cards to play.

12. Gubs

Gubs

Get it on Amazon (£10.00) & Walmart ($11.98) | 2 to 6 players | Ages 10+

In this game called Gubs, each card is unique, and players draw, play, and discard cards in three steps to win. The goal is to have the most “Free/Protected Gubs” cards when the “G” card appears, and like Exploding Kittens, the cards tell you what to do.

13. Sparkly Kitty

Sparkle Kitty

Get it on Walmart ($20.00) | 3 to 8 players | Ages 6+

This is about a game called Sparkle Kitty where players act as princesses trying to escape from an evil queen by using different types of cards like spell cards or special cards. The main aim is to get rid of all your cards first, and the game is fast but doesn’t have elements like exploding which are found in another game called Exploding Kittens.

14. You’ve Got Crabs

You've Got Crabs

Get it on Amazon ($19.99) & Target ($14.49) | 4 to 10 players | Ages 7+

‘You’ve Got Crabs’ is a card game where players work with a partner to collect matching sets of cards by using secret signals. If the opposing team guesses the signal before your partner does, you lose a point, and the team with the most sets of cards wins.

15. Here To Slay

Available on Amazon ($18.06) & Walmart ($25.00) | 2-6 players | Ages 10+ | 142 cards;

This is about a card game where players build teams and take turns to perform actions that earn points. The game includes many types of cards and the goal is to defeat three monster cards to win; it’s similar to Exploding Kittens in terms of varied card abilities but differs in what players aim to achieve.

13. Skull

Available on Amazon ($17.99) & Walmart ($17.99) | 3-6 players | Ages 13+;

Skull is a fun card game where players place cards, guess, and trick others, aiming to flip only rose cards and avoid skulls. You win the game by winning two bets, and unlike Exploding Kittens, Skull is more about thinking and guessing than luck.

14. Fluxx

Fluxx - Box

Available on Amazon ($24.00) & Walmart ($24.00) | 2-6 players | Ages 8+ | 100 cards;

Fluxx is a game where players draw and play different types of cards, like goals, new rules, keepers, and actions, to meet conditions and win. The game changes as new rules are added, making it fun and easy to learn.

15. Munchkin

Munchkin

Available on Amazon ($29.95) & Walmart ($29.84) | 3-6 players | Ages 10+ | 168 cards;

If you enjoy the way Exploding Kittens cards explain themselves, you’ll likely have fun with Munchkin, where you try to level up by battling monsters and trading. The main difference is that in Munchkin you aim to reach level 10 to win, while in Exploding Kittens, you try not to get blown up to stay in the game.

16. Llamas Unleashed

Llamas Unleashed - Competitor

Available on Amazon ($19.99) & Walmart ($20.00) | 2-8 players | Ages 8+ | 135 cards;

Llamas Unleashed is a fun game that is like Exploding Kittens and Unstable Unicorns, with funny themes and four steps to play. There are five kinds of cards in the game, and players need to collect a certain number of animal cards to win.

17. Bears VS. Babies

Bears Vs. Babies

Available on Amazon ($24.94) & Walmart ($24.99) | 2-5 players | Ages 10+ | 107 cards;

This is a game where players pretend to be bears trying to eat as many babies as possible to win points. You can do different things on your turn, like searching for food or fighting, but watch out because babies can bring monsters to fight you too!

Windup

Although you might just get another edition or expansion of Exploding Kittens and keep playing it, we understand that you probably have tried them all, or just want something slightly different. That’s why we brought to you this astonishing list of such games, which are super duper creative, and help you have the best game night ever! 

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