The Exploding Kittens card game is a kind of amazing internet sensation
Have you noticed something called “Exploding Kittens” all over your feed today, and found yourself a little too scared to click on it? Don’t worry, they’re not real exploding kittens. OK, well, sort of. Just listen: Exploding Kittens is the odd name of our new favorite card game. It’s a game for people, “who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” We like all of those things, so please, tell us more.
Exploding Kittens first popped up back in January. A campaign to create the game was launched on Kickstarter, and after seven hours, it had raised one million dollars. Exploding Kittens would then go on to boast the most backers in Kickstarter history, along with being the most funded project in Kickstarter history. And rightly so, when you realize that the game is not only easy to play, but also features one of our favorite things: kittens. Who — OK fiiiine — sometimes explode.
The description on Exploding Kitten’s website explains that it’s a, “kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” If you and your other friends playing draw an exploding kitty card, you explode and are out of the game. Unless! You can diffuse your exploding kitty, with things like catnip or a “cat therapy” session. The last player not-exploded at the end, wins.
The team behind Exploding Kittens — creator Elan Lee, cartoonist Matthew Inman, and designer Shane Small — initially thought they would maybe make 500 copies of the game through Kickstarter and gave an estimated delivery date of July 2015. Well, after smashing all of Kickstarter’s records, they sold 460,000 (!?) and decided to stay true to their word. All 460,000 Exploding Kitten games are currently being shipped. As they wrote on the announcement on their Facebook page, “We don’t need you to wait anymore. We just need you to explode.”
If you’re curious to learn more about Exploding Kittens (sounds like curiosity is the one thing that won’t kill this cat) you can check out their handy how-to-play tutorial. And more importantly, did you snag a copy of Exploding Kittens? If the answer is YES, can we come over and play?
[Images via Exploding Kittens]