Who knew exploding cats could be so much fun?
A campaign on Kickstarter made to raise funds for a new card game amassed over $2 million in just over 24 hours (its goal was only $10,000, so you know it has to be good). The game seems to be an amalgam of the socially taboo aspects of Cards Against Humanity combined with the structure of the popular card game UNO. The rules behind Exploding Kittens are simple: Every turn you draw a card. If you draw an “exploding kitten” card, you lose.
Nice and easy, right? But did we also mention the portable cheetah butts, unicorn enchiladas and the “Bear-O-Dactyl”? Those are examples of some of the other humorous cards that you might end up drawing on your turn. See, if you pick up an exploding kitten card, you don’t automatically lose. You can counter it by playing a “defuse” card. These cards come in the form of things that would typically distract a cat, including a laser pointer or “catnip sandwiches.” Or you can get really strategic by playing “attack” cards like “Weaponized Back Hair,” which will end your turn and force the next player to take two.
As more cards are drawn, the odds of picking up an exploding cat card increase.
And just for the record, the game’s creators (Elan Lee, Matthew Inman, and Shane Small) stated on their Kickstarter page that they are staunchly against the harming of any real cats. You can check out the rest of the rules and details in the video below:
$100k in less than an hour! 10x our goal amount. THANK YOU EVERYONE. I OWE YOU HUGS AND SANDWICHES. https://t.co/YMyRgwMXG7
— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) January 20, 2015