Review

Exploding Kittens: Review

Welcome to this edition of my Board Game Analysis! This time we are looking at Exploding Kittens (affiliate link) which is a card game for 2-5 players aged 7+

What’s in the box

The box contains 56 cards and a instructions sheet.

Red die with white spots on a grey background
Board Game Analysis

Objective and game play

My son-in-law to be brought this game to one of our game nights and when he read out the rules I thought it sounded really hard and as I am not that great at picking up card games I did not hold much hope for the game. 

I was wrong! It may sound complicated when you first read the rules but once you actually play a game you will understand completely in no time at all. 

So, each person is given a ‘diffuse’ card and then seven random cards. The exploding kittens are then shuffled into the remaining cards and the pile is put in the middle of the table. 

You take turns playing cards that you hold or drawing cards from the pile on the table. If you pick up an exploding kitten and you do not have a ‘diffuse’ card in your hand then you are out. Last one standing wins the game. 

The cards are illustrated with cartoons and are rather quirky but suitable for both kids and adults alike. There are special cards that allow you to do things such as peek at the top three cards in the deck or take a card from another player which makes the game more strategic but you still need a bit of luck to win as well. 

Mans hands dealing out the cards
Reading the rules and getting ready to play!
Pile of cards from the game
This game can get intense!

Opinions

This game is a lot of fun, especially when you get down to only a few cards on the table as you know that there is an exploding kitten about to be picked up and you need to try and avoid it using the cards in your hand! 

We all really enjoy this game and it is one of Faith’s most favourite games to play as she is always asking to play when we have a games night. So it is a big thumbs up from all of us!

The exploding kittens game box
A really fun family game!

Extras

You can combine two packs of cards so that up to 9 of you can play if you have a big group of people. 

There are expansion packs available which you add in to your deck, but I have not yet tried those. 

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