Exploding Kittens is a real game and it’s crazy popular
Move over, Cards Against Humanity. There may be a new, highly-addictive card game making the rounds at next year’s house parties.
Today, Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that the third most successful Kickstarter of 2015 is Exploding Kittens, a new-ish card game that involves, among other things, kittens, explosions, laser beams, magical enchiladas, and even “weaponized back hair.”
Created by game makers Shane Small and Elan Lee with help from Matthew Inman, the guy behind super-popular web comic series The Oatmeal, the game is like a less dangerous version of Russian Roulette with players drawing from a deck of cards and all the while hoping that they don’t get the Exploding Kitten (which effectively boots them from the game). Along the way, there are all kinds of silly cards to strategize with like the “Defuse” card, a “portable Cheetah butt” defense card, or a card that launches a “Bear-O-Dactyl” attack.
The original Kickstarter campaign ran from late January to early February and asked for just $10,000 to “to get the game into your hands and make improvements as a community,” but with support from 219,382 backers, the founding trio managed to raise nearly $9 million dollars and create a new gaming phenomenon in the process. Exploding Kittens was the #1 most funded game in Kickstarter history and had the most backers of any campaign to hit the site since it launched in 2009.
Since the game started shipping in July, it’s gotten its own website where anyone can now order the original Exploding Kittens game, a NSFW version featuring “boob wizards,” and a first edition copy of the game whose sales will help benefit cat shelters (because where would this game be without kittens).
Check out a breakdown of the game below:
(Image via video.)