Review: Exploding Kittens

The final game as part of a year of being part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club, we received  Exploding Kittens to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The game is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette

What’s in the Box?
  • 56 Cards
  • Instructions

How to Play
  • Ages 7+
  • 2-5 Players
  • 15 mins to Play

Players draw cards until they draw an Exploding Kitten. If they draw one they are out of the game unless they have a Defuse card to save them. A Defuse Card defuses the kitten with laser pointers, belly rubs and catnip sandwiches!

So the whole aim of the game is to try to avoid the Exploding Kitten while playing the other cards to ‘move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kitten’. When it is your turn you can play as many cards as you like from the cards you have, even all them if you want to (you start off with 7 cards each). Your turn ends when you pick up another card from the draw pile.

There are a variety of cards to try to help you avoid the Exploding Kitten:

  • Nope – which allows you to stop any action except the Exploding Kitten
  • Attack – immediately ends your turn and forces the next player to take 2 turns
  • Skip – immediately end your turn without drawing a card
  • Favour – force any other player to give you 1 card from their hand…they choose which one
  • Shuffle – allows you the shuffle the draw pile
  • See The Future – allows you to Peek at the top 3 cards from the draw pile.
  • Cat Cards – powerless on their own but when you have a matching pair you can steal a random card from another player…and they can also be used in special combinations

What Did We Think?

I played this with the eldest as Bee’s reading skills at 5 aren’t able to cope with the reading involved. You have to read the instructions on the cards and be strategic. The eldest loves anything to do with cats and kittens so the game was perfect for her. Although the whole concept of Exploding Kittens is a bit random it makes the game a bit more fun! As the draw pile gets smaller, things get tenser as the chances of coming across the Exploding Kittens increases!

The cards themselves with the instructions are amusing and sure to make anyone smile with their funny images. For example on a skip card it says ‘Commandeer a bunnyraptor.’ And on a see the future card it states to ‘feast upon a unicorn enchilada and gain its enchilada powers’.

So a bit of a sense of humour and imagination is needed!

A fun game which is sure to keep the family entertained.


Exploding Kittens is available to buy from most toy stores and also Amazon: Exploding Kittens A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions. (Affiliate Link).




  1. Claire Toplis
    July 13, 2018 / 10:34 am

    This is hilarious and something my student son would love.

  2. July 14, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    The board games sound so interesting and amazing! The rules seem easy to follow, and the cards are visually interesting. My 7 year old loves cats, and would really enjoy this game. It would make a really nice addition to our board games collection. We have recently gone TV free in the house (we were actually forced to do that after my 3 year old burned the TV box, lol). So we are focusing on crafts, reading, outside play, and board games. The kids are thriving now hamdullelah! So we will definitely look into this game; thank you for offering this review!

  3. July 15, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Read this with a smile on my face, sounds so much fun. I would definitely play it with my grandkids.

  4. July 16, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    It sounds like an exciting game, no doubt!
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  5. July 17, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Whoa! This sounds so fun ma shaa Allah!! Exploding Kitten! What a cool name!

  6. July 18, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Sounds cool… I love playing card games like this on a rainy day… Nice review…

  7. July 19, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    My little ones would really enjoy this game, it sounds fun to play.

  8. July 20, 2018 / 1:59 am

    It looks like a fun game for the little ones. JAk for sharing.

  9. Noor
    July 20, 2018 / 4:39 am

    Nice illustrative cards and great for older kids to play with with family members. Awesome way for bonding time and I love being in a club like this. Hope we will have here.

  10. Yousra Naeem
    July 28, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    Oh wow it sounds so much fun. Never heard of this game before but would love to give it a try. Lovely review

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