An exploding kitten is not fun to deal with. If you pull one in the new game Exploding Kittens, then it’s game over. Exploding Kittens is a card based strategy game, and yet it can be summed up in just one sentence for a relatively accessible set-up. There are various types of cards that can help you skip turns, steal cards from other players, and preview what’s coming up in the deck. Still though, the main idea is to not pull an exploding kitten card from the deck, but if you do, be sure to have a defuse card ready.
Exploding Kittens has quite a pedigree, and it comes to iOS in its full form. There’s local and online multiplayer for two to five players. The game doesn’t include a computer AI, or any single player options. That does limit the number of ways you can play, as you need an internet connection, and each player needs the $1.99 app. With that said, the game seems to always have random online players to connect you with.
It doesn’t take too long for anyone to get up and running with the style of pulling cards, knowing what each card type does, and hoping you don’t pull an exploding kitten card. The game is on the simple side with a few distinct card types, and one clear goal. There’s a little bit of strategy in having defuse cards on hand, and rehiding the exploding kitten card if you do defuse it. It would be nice to see more card type varieties to change up the gameplay, and that is available with an addition $1.99 in-app purchase. The game has a high quality presentation, and it acts as a nice backdrop to get all types of potential players trying their hand at the game.
Exploding Kittens ($1.99, Universal) delivers an accessible and entertaining card game that is worth picking up on iOS.