Imploding Kittens - Exploding Kittens 1st Expansion

Brand: Exploding Kittens LLC
Model: EKG-1EXP
EAN: 6294398020212
Category: #69 in Toy (Dedicated Deck Card Games)
Price: $14.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 12.10 x 0.70 x 8.70 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.46 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Imploding kittens is the first expansion of exploding kittens, the award-winning card game that made Kickstarter history as the most-backed project, ever. This expansion deck includes 20 new cards featuring 5 new types of actions and an "imploding kitten" Which increases the game From 5 to 6 players. This is not a standalone game - it requires a copy of exploding kittens (any version) to play.


  • This is the first expansion pack of Exploding Kittens and includes 20 new cards and a human sized "Cone of Shame." The first player to forget whose turn comes next will become a human direction indicator and must wear the Cone of Shame for the rest of the game.
  • 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 is not a standalone game - it requires a copy of Exploding Kittens to play. Expands the core deck from 5 to 6 players.

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Top Reviews

Must-have expansion if you're a fan of the original!
by Heather (5 out of 5 stars)
October 18, 2016

I forgot that I pre-ordered this, so I squealed with glee when the mailwoman surprised me! My 9-year-old daughter, my boyfriend and I play Exploding Kittens way too often. It has never gotten boring on its own, but we could barely contain our excitement when opening this expansion pack. On the box, it only boasts three new actions in addition to an imploding kitten, but inside contains so much more! The new cards completely change the game, in the best way.

You receive:

o Alter the Future, where you can not only peek at, but switch the first three cards.

o Reverse, where you reverse the order of play.

o Draw from the Bottom, where you do exactly what it says. This is useful when you know someone is out to get you.

o Target Attack, which is played like an attack, but you get to pick the player you wish to attack.

o Feral cat, which is like a wild (haha!) card for cat cards! These definitely change the game.

o Imploding kitten, which cannot be diffused! The addition of this card also allows for 6 players instead of the old maximum of 5.

You also receive a human-sized Cone of Shame for the first person to forget which player's turn is next. My daughter is WAY more excited about this than I am. That's probably the point.

You can choose to play with ANY OR ALL of the new expansion cards. Pick and choose your favourites! The only thing I feel must be noted is that several of the new action cards are for playing with 3 or more players. Choosing who to attack or reversing order, for example, wouldn't make a difference in a 2 player game.

The artwork is hilarious, as expected from The Oatmeal. Overall, if you are a fan of Exploding Kittens, this expansion is pretty much a necessity, especially if you often play with a group.
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oh oh! another color...
by Amazon Customer (3 out of 5 stars)
May 9, 2017

These cards are hilarious! we enjoy them a lot!! but the expansion pack has a different kind of red... so while you are playing you can notice who has new or old cards... which kind of kills a game... are you replacing them?

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Distinguishing card issue fixed
by Yvette (5 out of 5 stars)
July 19, 2018

When I first got this expansion and read the reviews I was seeing some people complain that the expansion cards were differently sized and colored which got me a bit worried. Luckily however it looks like the issue has been fixed. The only difference is the side of the stack looks whiter than my well loved deck which has turned a slight parchment color over time. That however isn't the company's fault. But when mixed you would't be able to tell especially when looking down as you would when playing.

People were definitely right about the large amount of packaging making this expansion about the size of a tall children's book.

The actual cards add a delightful degree of strategy and variety to the main game. Can't wait to play and would say this expansion was well worth it.

Now if only the bonus cards you get separately in other merchandise like the keychains weren't so distinguishing that'd be great. But that's another product entirely.
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It's da bomb! But in an imploding way...
by Biognome,Top Contributor: Board Games (5 out of 5 stars)
October 20, 2016

One might think, upon first inspection, that there is way too much packaging material for a mere 20 cards to expand one's Exploding Kittens core game. However, upon opening the box, one would discover that not only are there the expected 20 brand new cards, illustrated by the Oatmeal, but also a plastic divider and.... no drumroll, please (you'll scare the kitties)... a Human Cone of Shame! "What in the name of the Oatmeal's Holy Name would you do with a Human Cone of Shame?" one might ask. I'm glad one asked! One would have to wear it until the end of the game if one forgot it was their turn to play!

The Imploding Kitten card is diabolical. When drawn, it must be put back in the deck, face up, and the next person to draw it is out of the game, period. No Defuse card may be played, and it cannot be noped. Suddenly, that Shuffle card you drew three rounds ago just became a lot more important, didn't it?

The ability to reverse the order of play, a la Uno, also adds a new twist.

As always, the cards are beautifully done.

The game remains a pleasure to play, as I do often with my work friends during lunch. As long as Exploding Kittens keeps putting out new expansions, I plan to buy them.
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Great expansion, different color cards.
by Jacob (3 out of 5 stars)
August 21, 2017

Great expansion, but the backs of the cards didn't match the backs of the original game. I contacted their customer support, who was awesome and sent me another deck of Imploding Kittens. The backs were closer in color, but were unfortunately still noticeably different (smooth vs. textured cards).

I ended up sleeving the cards, and by taking out the insert, the sleeved core deck and expansion still fight in the original box.

The expansion itself is great, and I highly recommend getting it if you're a fan of the base game. It adds some really fun cards.
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Great addition, added sorely needed game mechanics
by Kevin M (5 out of 5 stars)
October 7, 2017

Great addition to exploding kittens. The original game was unique and my wife and I loved showing it off to unsuspecting friends and relatives, but the mechanics of the cards made the game feel more one dimensional than it could have otherwise been. The most fun card to use, the NOPE card, isn't plentiful enough, the defuse cards are far too powerful and encourage hoarding and waiting for the game to end, and some cards felt incomplete, like see the future and shuffle behaved as two halves of one whole.

Imploding kittens corrected for practically all of these little gripes that I had with the original game. The defuse cards are noticably less powerful thanks to the imploding kitten, there are other very fun cards to play besides the NOPE card (like the targeted attack), and the see the future and the shuffle cards have been given new life with the mechanics of the imploding kitten. The original game is great, but this expansion completes it.
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Expansion Pack Different Color Than Game Cards - Ruins Game.
by Ron (1 out of 5 stars)
July 11, 2018

Our family enjoyed the Exploding Kittens game, it's fun to play, but limited to 2-5 players. We bought the expansion kit to allow more players. Unfortunately, the expansion kit cards are a darker red than the exploding kitten cards (see photograph). This ruins the game because you can tell which cards to draw and which cards to avoid without seeing them. Thinking this was a fluke, we ordered a second card game and expansion pack, but the result was the same (see photo). The manufacturing quality assurance process is not good, hopefully the company will fix this problem. shortly. [ASIN:B01HSIIFQ2 Imploding Kittens: This is the First Expansion of Exploding Kittens]
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Some clever additions, but not as useful if there are only two players.
by JuLee Rudolf (4 out of 5 stars)
July 24, 2018

This spring, I spent week after week playing Exploding Kittens with a 6th grader I was tutoring in math. This was the "reward" for the mathematical hard work. We got to know the game very well but after a couple of months I learned about this expansion pack and bought it. It comes with the following cards:

Targeted Attack (3)

Reverse (4)

Feral Cat (4)

Alter the Future (4)

Imploding Kitten (1)

Draw From the Bottom (4)

I like the idea of the Imploding Kitten (the first time you draw it, nothing happens, you return it to the draw pile face up and the next time it's drawn, there's no way to avoid implodence) and the Alter the Future (you don't just see the next three cards, you can change the order) and Draw From the Bottom, but Feral Cat adds nothing, while Reverse doesn't help unless you have three or more players. In summary, there are a few clever cards here but I'm not sure it's worth it if you, like me, typically play with only one opponent.
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Inconsistent size and color? - check if you got a fake original edition!
by Mimi (5 out of 5 stars)
September 8, 2019

After playing Exploding Kittens at a friends house I decided that I needed to have this in my game collection as well. I purchased the original Exploding Kittens game, the Streaking Kittens expansion as well as the Imploding Kittens expansion pack on Amazon a little while ago. The game itself is fabulous but I do have a huge issue with the difference in quality and size for all three items.
The original is somewhat pale red in appearance, has no texture and measures approximately 62mmx87mm per each card
The first expansion is darker in color, has a grid like texture and measures approximately 63mmx88mm per each card
The second expansion is darker shade of red in color, has a grid like texture and measures approximately 63mmx88mm per each card

This might seem mediocre to some people but fact is that the size difference makes shuffling quite awkward. The color and texture difference further enables some really attentive players to figure out what the opponent has on hand. I have included some pictures of my cards as well. Hoping to be able to purchase another set of these cards with identical quality, size and appearance to make playing this game more fun.

UPDATE: Well, it appears that some exploding kittens versions sold here are cheap knock of versions which results in inconsistent size and color issues as described by me in above. Meanwhile I have gotten The Original edition directly from the manufacturer and here are some pictures of my two versions.

Original Box: is darker shade of read and reads ORIGINAL EDITION in the top right corner, has cut outs on the sides for easy opening, has holographic stick in the back next to the barcode, the card tray is flat black in color and deep enough to accommodate the entire original edition AND expansion packs and (as described in above) there is a size and texture difference between knock off and the real deal.

Fake Box: Is slightly lighter in color and does NOT have the original edition written in the top right corner, no cut outs on the sides for easy pening, no holographic sticker in the back, very shallow shiny cheap card tray that barely accommodates the original edition cards.

Hoping this info helps others! If you too received a knock off at your first try I suggest you DEMAND a refund!
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Expansion cards don't match color of original Exploding Kittens game
by LC (2 out of 5 stars)
August 25, 2017

I love the expansion but only give it two stars because when you mix in the imploding kitten cards into the exploding kitten deck, you can tell them apart. The imploding kittens are slightly darker in color so you can very easily manipulate the game by drawing/not drawing/and selectively picking an opponents card out if their hand based on card color, which clearly defeats the purpose. :/

It's really not usable because it makes the game not fun when you can tell them apart. :/

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