OBJECT OF EXPLODING KITTENS: The object of Exploding Kittens is to be the last player remaining.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 players

MATERIALS: One Rule book, a deck of 56 cards, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Party Card Game

AUDIENCE: 7+ (unless using NSFW pack, then 18+)


Exploding Kittens is a party card game for 2 to 5 players. The objective of the game is to be the last player not eliminated.

Players will take turns drawing cards and hoping they do not draw an exploding kitten. If you draw an exploding kitten and cannot diffuse it, you are out of the game.


All exploding kittens and defuse cards will be removed from the deck and set to the side. Each player is given 1 defuse card and the remainder of the cards are returned to the deck (for 2 or 3 player games only 2 defuse cards are put back in the deck, the remainder are removed from the game.) A player will shuffle the deck now and deal each player a hand of 7 cards.

A number of exploding kitten cards are added to the deck, one less than the number of players. All other exploding kittens are put back in the box out of the game. The deck should be shuffled again and placed centrally to all players.


Any player can be chosen to play first. On a player’s turn, they may choose to pass or play any number of cards one after the other. When playing a card from your hand you discard it, read the instructions on it and follow them. Once all directions on the card have been followed, and if it is still your turn you may play another card. Some cards may not have directions on them, these are matching cards. if you have a pair of matching cards you may play both of them to steal a random card from another player’s hand.

Once your turn is over you will draw the top card of the draw pile, and if it is not an exploding kitten, add it to your hand.

If you draw an exploding kitten you may use a defuse card to save yourself. When using a defuse card you may secretly place the exploding kitten card anywhere back into the draw pile. If you do not have a defuse card then you explode and are out of the game.


The game ends when only one player remains in the game. This player is the winner.

Amber Crook
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