Exploding Kittens: Beware of explosive surprises!

Exploding Kittens - Survival instincts game where kittens explode


Viewer discretion advised for excessive laughter, sudden urge to adopt kittens, and uncontrollable purring

Players: 2-5 players

Gametime: 15-20 minutes


Set up the game

  • Remove the Exploding Kitten cards from the deck equal to the number of players, and one Defuse card for each player.
  • Shuffle the remaining deck of cards, including the remaining Exploding Kitten cards.
  • Deal each player a hand of cards, with each player receiving one Defuse card.

Take turns and play cards

  • The game is played in clockwise order. On your turn, play any number of cards from your hand.
  • The cards you play can help you avoid drawing an Exploding Kitten card, attack other players, or manipulate the deck.
  • Be strategic and consider the cards you have, as well as the cards played by other players.

Draw a card

  • After playing your cards, end your turn by drawing a card from the deck.
  • If you draw an Exploding Kitten card, you’re in trouble! But fear not, if you have a Defuse card in your hand, you can use it to defuse the kitten and avoid elimination.

Use special cards and actions

  • Throughout the game, you’ll encounter special cards with unique abilities.
  • These cards allow you to skip turns, peek at the top cards of the deck, steal cards from other players, or shuffle the deck, among other actions.
  • Utilize these special cards strategically to disrupt your opponents’ plans and increase your chances of survival.

Be the last player standing

  • The game continues with players taking turns until only one player remains.
  • The last player who hasn’t been eliminated by an Exploding Kitten card is declared the winner.

Here is a video from Lucky Yates teaching us how to play Exploding Kittens


Hold onto your catnip, folks, because we’re about to dive into the world of Exploding Kittens, a game that combines cuddly kitties and explosive chaos in the most purrfectly hilarious way imaginable! Forget about traditional board games where you strategically plan your moves; this game is all about pure survival instincts and hoping your luck is as good as a cat’s nine lives. From the moment you open the box, you’re greeted with adorable, yet ominously explosive, artwork that will have you simultaneously saying “aww” and “oh no!” As you play, you’ll find yourself engaged in a hilarious battle of wits, using a combination of strategy and sheer luck to avoid the dreaded kitten explosions. It’s a game that will leave you on the edge of your seat, frantically hoping you don’t become a victim of feline fury. It’s like a cat with a sense of humor, ready to pounce on your expectations and deliver a surprise laugh when you least expect it. Each card is filled with witty, tongue-in-cheek phrases that will leave you chuckling and wondering who came up with such a delightfully bizarre concept. Each card is filled with witty, tongue-in-cheek phrases that will leave you chuckling and wondering who came up with such a delightfully bizarre concept.

Difficulty: Easy

Likeness: 67%


You can purchase Exploding Kittens on Amazon here