Exploding Kittens Card Game

Last updated date: November 1, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Expolding Kittens Exploding Kittens Card Game placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 21, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
12,940 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Quick to learn, thanks to simple, elegant rules system and clear instruction sheet.
- Trusted Reviews
January 15, 2018 | Full review
Multiple decks can be merged to add more and more players to the game.
- Born Cute
Players have described Exploding Kittens as a, "highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette," and with several expansion packs available, including a NSFW one, you're likely to play this game for years without ever getting bored.
- Bustle
The game plays very quickly, so it doesn’t suffer from its aggressive nature in the same ways that other “take that” games do.If you’re looking for a party game that really brings out the interaction in your group, then look no further than Exploding Kittens. It’s a great game that’s easy to pick up, quick to play, and chock-full of satisfying moments and reasonable strategy.
- Board Game Resource
It only takes 2 minutes to learn how to play this game!
- Tech Animate
It’s a fantastic game that does live up to the claim that you can learn it in 2 minutes, and for being so simple, there’s a ton of strategy and replayability built into the game.
- Game Cows
The design is such that you never need to reshuffle the discard pile into the deck. There will always be a winner by the time the cards run out. This feature makes games pretty quick and it was quite refreshing to know that the games were short and sweet.
- Engaged Family Gaming
All the other cards in the deck are used to move or avoid exploding kittens. Personally I would give this game a 5/5, it was probably the best card game that I have ever played!
- Board and Card Game Reviews
The rules are simple, and should not take more than 5 minutes for people to understand them sufficiently to get started.
- Steemit
What experts didn't like
One slight complaint is that the five-player limit may be an issue for some who like to host games at the larger social gatherings where party games like this tend to be best received. While the game’s player limit can be increased via the various expansions (as touched on above) this will mean additional purchases.
- Trusted Reviews
January 15, 2018 | Full review
Cards may peel and come apart.
- Born Cute
The most legitimate criticism I can think of about Exploding Kittens is that it’s easy for players to be bullied. The hottest commodity in the game are undoubtadly the defuse cards, and it’s a given at the start of every game that each player has one of them.
- Board Game Resource
It’s only 5 players, so if you have a bigger social group you’re going to have to get another deck to upgrade it to 9 players.
- Tech Animate

From The Manufacturer

Exploding Kittens is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette. It was the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter and has paved the way for peace and tranquility in the modern world. It also features cards illustrated by The Oatmeal. Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point They explode, they are Dead, and they are out of the game -- unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens. Exploding Kittens is the most-backed crowd funded project ever, The most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter, and has paved the way for peace and tranquility in the modern world.

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Expert Reviews: 5
4. Exploding Kittens Card Game
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Watch Ya’ Mouth Watch Ya’ Mouth Party Game
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Expert Reviews: 3
6. Drunk Stoned or Stupid Party Card Game
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
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An Overview On Fun Games

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Find your favorite amongst these awesome new games, and be sure to share with your friends and family. Plan a game night or bring them to your next family gathering. You will find hours of fun and will make great memories with those around you.

DYWM Fun Fact

Old family favorite games were not always what they are today. The original version of Chutes and Ladders was played on a wooden cube that had holes on the top of it in a grid. The game originated in India and was believed to have a Hindu background with ladders that led to a god and the chutes that landed a player in the belly of a snake.

A classic, The Game of Life, is coined as the first Milton Bradley game. Born in 1860, the game was meant to teach kids the virtues of a good life. There were both positives and negatives on the board, including honor and disgrace. It was a strategy game that really made players think.

Monopoly originated as a teaching device to illustrate how property owners took advantage of their tenants. Even more interestingly: The game was once used as an escape device for prisoners of war during World War II. The Nazis allowed the British to send their men games, and the distributor of Monopoly cooperated with the government and snuck things like money, compasses, silk maps, and metal files in sealed game boxes.

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The Fun Game Buying Guide

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