November Daily Game Challenge: Exploding Kittens

This is Day 11 of my Game-and-Blog-Every-Day-in-November Challenge. Search my blog for “Daily Game Challenge” for previous entries.

Exploding Kittens


I don’t really read The Oatmeal anymore, but I’ve always enjoyed those hilarious, off-beat, sometimes wacky, sometimes thought-provoking comics. I remember hearing about the Kickstarter for a card game based on the comics, right about the time I was getting into the board games hobby. It turned out to be an enormous success, generating nearly $9 million in funding.

Exploding Kittens is what was produced from the Kickstarter: a light card game of set collection, take that, and press-your-luck. On your turn you play a card (or not) then draw a card. If it’s an exploding kitten, then you’re out. Last person standing wins. There are plenty of cards to manipulate the deck and there’s a defuse card that gives you a chance to stay in the game.

Fans of The Oatmeal will recognize the familiar style of drawing and unique sense of humor throughout all of the cards. I finally got to play it tonight and, while it’s not something I’d seek out for another play, I wouldn’t turn down a game. It’s a light card game that makes me want to start reading The Oatmeal again.