If ever there was a game title that was going to raise a few eyebrows in this household, it was going to be the latest Asmodee UK card game we received as part of their board game club. As a family of cat lovers, how would be feel about playing a game of Exploding Kittens?
The game of Exploding Kittens is aimed at players aged 7 years and over and can be played with 2-5 players. Play time lasts for approximately 15 minutes. The game comes with 56 playing cards and instructions.
Before you play Exploding Kittens for the first time it’s worth having a quick look at the cards, my eight year old son was drawn to the Cattermelon and now thinks that our cat really should try watermelon. The aim of the game is to be the player who avoids the Exploding Kittens cards, and lives to see another day.
To start the game of Exploding Kittens, you remove the four Exploding Kittens and six Defuse cards from the pack. Shuffle the remaining deck and deal each player with 7 cards. Deal each player with one Defuse card. These are really important cards to keep hold of, as they will save you from Exploding Kittens as the game progresses.
You insert one fewer Exploding Kittens card back into the deck, than you have players. So for us, we added one card back into the deck. If there were four players, you would add three cards back into the deck, and so on. The extra Defuse cards are also added back to the deck, unless you are playing a two player game. In that instance you only add two cards back into the deck, and discard the rest for the duration of the game.
The deck is then shuffled and placed in the centre of play to be used as the draw pile. My son started our game as the youngest player, by taking a card from the draw pile and placing it face up. He then followed the instructions and he could play as many cards as he liked from his hand, depending on the type of cards he had and the instructions on them. For example cards like Cattermelon can only be played if you have a pair. If you play two together you can steal a random card from one of your opponents. Another reason my son particularly liked this card. you might have a Shuffle card which lets you shuffle the deck, but will that help you avoid picking up an Exploding Kittens card?
The first player plays as many cards as they like, and when they decide to end their turn, they take the top card from the deck and add it to their hand. If they pick an Exploding Kittens card, they are dead, and out of the game unless they have a Defuse card to save them. Play then passes on and play continues.
My son soon picked up the concept of the game and has been doing hos best to ensure his mother dies with Exploding Kittens ever since. It’s a fun game, easy to pick up and really it is a game of chance, which makes it easier to play with a younger child, when they realise there is just as much chance of someone else losing, as them.
Apparently Exploding Kittens is the most-backed crowd funded project ever and, the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter which says something. I can see us playing this game a lot in the months to come, I just need nine lives now!
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Disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review as part of the Asmodee UK board game club.