Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Bronze

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

10-20mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Distributed by: 

Created by Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel), Exploding Kittens made history when it became the most-backed game in Kickstarter history and the campaign with the most number of backers, ever.
 
It is a 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.

Here's what the creators of Exploding Kittens had to say about the game:
 
1. What does the game involve?
Often described as a hybrid of Russian roulette and Uno, Exploding Kittens involves a whole lot of probability, inter-player sabotage, and ridiculous illustrations. “First and foremost, [the game] is designed to make you laugh with your friends” (VentureBeat). So laughs may also be expected.
 
2. What skills can you build/gain from the game?
Since the primary game mechanic involves avoiding the Exploding Kittens, the rest of the gameplay relies heavily upon players’ abilities to assess their chances and “move, mitigate, or avoid” their draws accordingly. Especially as the draw pile wanes, the number of players dwindles, and anxiety spikes for the remaining survivors, the game becomes a pawesome tool to illustrate purrrrobability and its furrrvently charged consequences! Of course, however, even for players with the keenest mathematical prowess, a little luck can tilt the odds! 
 
3. What's your favourite tactic or are there any tricks you can teach us?
Though it’s not much of a tactic, one of our favourite cards is the “Nope” card, which allows a player to negate any other player’s action - including another “Nope.” Often players get into “‘Nope’ wars” that make for some moments of high drama!  
 
4. Do you have any funny/heartwarming stories about a game of Exploding Kittens?
Well, during our Kickstarter Campaign, we started asking our Backers to partake in creating some crazy nonsense along the themes of our characters and cards.