Exploding Kittens Game

How To Play Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens Game Rules (PDF Instructions)

2 - 5
Play Time
30 MIN
Exploding Kittens??? Really, that is the name of the game? That is just a peak into how crazy and fun this game is. Odd things like exploding kittens, laser beams and diffusers are all part of this far-out card game. This game has received positive reviews for its humor, simplicity, and replayability.

Shuffle the deck and deal the cards face down to each player. Take turns drawing cards from the deck until an Exploding Kitten is drawn. The player who draws the Exploding Kitten loses the game. Other cards in the deck include "Defuse" cards, which allow a player to defuse an Exploding Kitten by placing it back in the deck, "Skip" cards, which allow a player to skip their turn, "Attack" cards, which force the next player to draw two cards, and "See the Future" cards, which allow a player to peek at the top three cards of the deck.

The game ends when all but one player has drawn an Exploding Kitten. The last player standing wins. An optional rule is if a player has a Defuse card in their hand, they may play it instead of drawing a card when they would normally draw an Exploding Kitten.

The strategy behind Exploding Kittens is quite immense yet the game play is fun enough that it is a dark and mystical card game. The game rules themselves even advise to not read them but to check out videos on how to play this game. Keep the game rules close by though in case you have a quick question or heaven forbid you don't have a internet connection. Give Exploding Kittens a try.

  • At the time, Exploding Kittens was the most-backed project in Kickstarter history.
The game Exploding Kittens should come with the following components. These are based off of the original game and don't include components from any expansion packs or different editions.

  • Exploding Kittens Comes With 56 Cards
  • Official Game Rules And Instructions
How to Win
Last player standing that hasn't been exploded will win the game.
How to Win
Please keep in mind that the official Exploding Kittens rules and instructions could be different depending on the game version you have. The rules below are some of the exact directions that came in the original packaging and will teach you how to play Exploding Kittens. Download these original PDF game rules or print them for later use.

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Ed says:

Do the game rules have different variations to play? I don't remember seeing any but wanted to check.
Luis says:

I just saw there is an expansion pack for this game called imploding kittens. Lol, this game is out of control! I love it.
Adriana says:

I laughed so hard when I saw the title and picture on this game. I had to pick it up. I glanced through the rules and this sounds hilarious. I like strategy type games but this one sounds goofy enough to get anyone to play.
Brenda says:

I picked this up when it first came out, well before on presale, and it has been our favorite game for a while. Some of these cards are so random it always makes us laugh.
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