Exploding Kittens Card Game

Brand: Exploding Kittens LLC
Model: EKG-ORG1-1
EAN: 6267591641089
Category: Awesome Stuff
List Price: $20.00
Price: $19.00  (127 customer reviews)
You Save: $1.00 (5%)
Dimension: 1.50 x 4.41 x 6.38 inches
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Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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.


  • Exploding kittens is the perfect card game for adults, teens and kids who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats
  • More than 9 million copies sold, breaking records in kids games, adult games and everything in-between
  • A highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette. Basically, if you draw an exploding kitten, you lose and you are full of loser sad-sauce. If you don't explode, you win! Congratulations, you are full of greatness
  • This “game of the year” award winner is the perfect holiday gift If you're looking for board games for adults but want to be able to play fun games with your kids as well
  • "It's like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you." -CNN
  • This gift favorite takes 5 minutes to learn, 15 minutes to play, is for 2-5 players (ages 7+) and includes 56 cards, Box and instructions
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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Top Reviews

My 6year old picked it right up and love this game
by joel (5 out of 5 stars)
April 8, 2017

My 6year old picked it right up and love this game. I saw several reviews complaining about the card quality and how easily they get damaged. I have worked in the casino industry for years and have seen all different qualities of cards. I was a pleasantly surprised to find the card quality was not bad at all. Not top of the line by any means but plastic coated. I found the cards to be about the same size as Pokemon and Magic cards. Being a bit of a nerd I had lots of extra sleeves for my daughter and I's card collections. I sleeved the exploding kittens deck. It should last much longer that way. I highly recommend this game it's fun. I will be buying expansions soon.


You can pick up Penny sleeves at any hobby shop that sells magic or Pokemon cards. They are very inexpensive and we'll make your game last much longer.
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Incompatible with newer expansions, different card backs, and now loot bags...
by Joe Bartlett (1 out of 5 stars)
January 26, 2018

They keep releasing new cards with different card backs. Most recently they've released blind bags that include a cheap plastic molded toy and a card that's intended to be used with this game, but the back is different so you can't use it without putting every single card into card sleeves. They keep doing this too, I think there are at least 3 different card backs currently... There's absolutely no reason for this other than a money grabbing scheme. This game had potential but they've ruined it completely with greed.
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One HUGE flaw...
by Ski-ball (3 out of 5 stars)
September 5, 2016

For starters, we love the game. I have 3 girls ages 9, 7, & 3. The 9 & 7yo love the game, the quarky characters, and the simple premise. This game would be worth $20 for a deck of cards IF it were a deck of cards that could endure the treatment of children.

Not only that, but even when we first got the game, I did all of the card handling. Even when I was shuffling the new deck of cards, edges of the cards started peeling back during the simple shuffling process. Just within the first few games. Which seems easily avoidable since playing cards have been around for quite some time now. It's not new technology or anything.

My 7yo cheats, and peeled edges on cards can be used to cheat.

Choose a new printing service, and you'll get 5 stars from me. But charging us $20 for a poor quality product that costs so little to produce just seems like garbage business ethics.
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Great game, production quality could be better...
by Jesse Eggers (3 out of 5 stars)
April 15, 2016

I must say, this game is funny and a blast to play. I can see why it has so many positive reviews. We love it, and would give the game five stars except for two issues. The first is that it is simply a card game. Paying $20 for a deck of cards seems a bit steep to me. However, honestly, that wouldn't bother me as much if not for the second issue. The production quality of the cards are low. Most of the regular decks of cards I've played lasted longer than these. Within a few weeks, we were seeing wear on the cards that took some of the mystery out of what was in another players hands. Now, after about 20 games, every card is marked by wear on the edges. I would encourage the game developers to invest in a thicker card with a heavier wax like the ones many other card decks are made with. If you purchase the game, and you have a laminator, it may be wise to laminate before gameplay so the cards last a long time. If they do, it will be well worth having. It's a hilarious game to play!
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Great Game - Poor Card Quality
by D. Miller (3 out of 5 stars)
August 14, 2016

I'm breaking this review down into two categories: Gameplay and Quality of Product.

Gameplay: Excellent. Really fun game that the entire family can play. As adults, we'd rather play this than a lot of other family style/card games. We also have a 13 year old, 6 year old and a 4 year old. Our older boy is the one who suggested it and it was a hit. Took about 2 open-hand games and 2 assisted games to get our 6 year old going, but after that he was good to go. Our 4 year old can even play on her own now after a couple weeks of watching and sitting with us...she really doesn't need much help.

There's definitely a strategy involved and each game is quite different. Where it can get tough, is if an older player is very strategic and the younger players are more basic (like most games). There's a lot more to it, than say Uno. Overall, for gameplay, it gets 5 STARS!

Quality of Product: This where the stars drop for me. First, for $20, I was expecting more than just a deck of cards. I didn't know what the game was but figured there would be more than just a deck in the box when I opened. In the end, I'm fine with the price. It's a great game. BUT, the quality of the cards is about as cheap as you can get.

We've had the game for a few weeks and played it quite a bit, but that cards are literally falling apart already. The corners are peeling apart a couple are ripped a little bit, just from normal shuffling. They're so floppy now, it's difficult to even shuffle them. Several cards are easy to pick out, based on the blemishes. This is especially tough when it comes to the Kitten or Defuse cards, the two most important sets of cards in the game. It changes everything if you can pick out a Kitten just by looking at the back side.

It sucks, because I would seriously consider buying the expansion pack but the difference in the cards will be so noticeable, I'm not sure it would be worth it. Pretty disappointing because, like I said, it's a great game....the quality of the cards is just so low. They really should be more laminated, like a good set of Bicycle cards or something, especially because it's not like you can just go out and quickly (and cheaply) pick up another deck. I'd rather have less packaging and better cards.

Soooo, yes, I would definitely recommend the game, just don't expect it to last too long.
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Buying this awesome game for the 2nd time
by Sammygirl (5 out of 5 stars)
November 28, 2017

I bought this the first time earlier this year ahead of the camping season, something new for our group's game night. It was a huge hit, especially with the kids, because what 6-year-old doesn't love exploding kittens? (At least conceptually.) It took a little bit of explaining and coaching to get the kids up to speed but after that they ruled the table like the merciless sociopaths kids are. They will throw you into the path of an exploding kitten card without thinking twice.

Seriously though, this is a great game for kids and adults, and so it's fun for family game nights. Kids can play on the same level as adults and they love that.

I ended up donating my original to the games pile at an AMC hut on our last group hiking trip (shout out Lonesome Lake). Now grabbing another ahead of the holidays because there are more gatherings ahead and I hate small talk. Now, instead of listening uncomfortably to Uncle Fred's latest MAGA rant, or worse, getting drunk enough to engage him in a conversation (shudder), I can bring on the exploding kittens.
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My wife and I sat down to enjoy our first game of Exploding Kittens and had a ...
by Biognome,Top Contributor: Board Games (4 out of 5 stars)
August 21, 2016

My wife and I sat down to enjoy our first game of Exploding Kittens and had a ball. She didn't think she was going to enjoy this game very much, based on the name, but when I explained that half of the proceeds from sales go to cat shelters, she agreed to give it a shot. Twenty minutes later, and she was laughing her kitten-loving head off.

Disclaimer: No actual kittens were exploded during the making of this game.

It was the Rainbow-Ralphing Cat card that did it to her. Ever hear of the artist called "The Oatmeal?" He's the artistic genius whose talent is depicted on each and every card.

This is the card game that made history on Kickstarter.com by being the most backed Kickstarter ever (as of this writing). By the way, there is an expansion set in the works, called "Imploding Kittens" and it looks to be just as fun.
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Way overpriced. Shopper beware, this isn't much of a game.
by JMS (1 out of 5 stars)
September 9, 2018

It's ok from the fun point of view but in no way is worth 20 dollars. This is about a 5.99 product ridiculously overpriced. It's not even well made enough to stand the test of time much less a good party. Kickstarter must mean "too overcharge". We will not be purchasing any add-ons, they got us once and that will be enough.
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Crazy Fun! Huge Flaw!
by Will Fisher (3 out of 5 stars)
January 20, 2018

Great game SUPER FUN! It's super addicting. I bought it for my daughter for Christmas and the whole family loves it. We have played it a hundred times in less than a month that we have had it. We've played it every time we have friends over.

So why only 3 stars?

Because there is a major flaw:

The cards are already falling apart. They just don't last. The quality is equal to a cheap deck of cards, not a high quality deck. Don't be confused by the pictures, YOU ARE BUYING A DECK OF CARDS for $20... which I would have no problem with if the quality of the cards was so that it would last. If you're going to sell me a deck of cards for $20 please improve the quality so that they will last. It is crazy fun. Is it fun enough to pay another $20 for another deck when this one finally gives out? probably not.
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Fun but so fragile...
by Bdubbs (3 out of 5 stars)
December 26, 2015

Three stars for the game itself. It's crazy fun and addictive. The NSFW version is perfectly crass and obsured, I could play it hours on end. It's also very easy to learn and new players will pick it up easy. BUTT... why must there always be a butt? The cards are so fragile. After one game night, the edges started to tear and fray. Certain cards you can now tell when someone is holding, thanks to the tear pattern. For comparison, the uno deck we bought the same day as these, and probably played more rounds with, still look new. Thankfully it hasn't yet happened to the coveted defuse card, or the feared exploding kitten. But it does effect game play when you know what card your opponent is holding. I was thinking if buying the original version but now I'm not so sure it's worth the $20 price tag.

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