Exploding Kittens, Original Edition

Exploding Kittens, Original Edition

Exploding Kittens, Original Edition

Name: Exploding Kittens Original Edition
Type: Card Game 
Publisher: Exploding Kittens
No of Players: 2-5 (2-9 with any 2 deck combined)
Size: 16.2cm x 11.3cm x 3.8cm
Weight: 225g
Age: 30 and up?
Price:  £16.99
Playtime: 15 mins
Rating: [usr 3.0]

A while back I reviewed the NSFW edition of Exploding Kittens (you can read about that here) and since I recently picked up the original SFW edition I thought I’d write a little something on it. I’m not going to go into a great amount of detail, it’s essentially the same game as the NSFW Edition and so you can read my thoughts on how it plays on the other post, instead I thought I’d just look at a few of the cards.

Exploding Kittens, Original edition, Contents

So, a quick look at what you get in the box-

  • The Rules
  • 56 cards

Just like the NSFW Edition the list of contents is pretty damn short, but that’s fine, it makes for a nice and simple game.  You get exactly the same number of cards, with exactly the same ratio of the 8 cards types in either edition.

So, what makes the Original Edition different from the NSFW Edition? Simply put, this version is a little more kid friendly than the NSFW Edition, the cards don’t have references to anything sexual or otherwise inappropriate and instead tends to rely on the absurd or the gross like this-

Rainbow-Ralphing Cat

or this-

NOPE- Exploding Kittens Original Edition

As with the NSFW Edition all of the art here is done by The Oatmeal and all are a little offbeat and odd but that’s part of the charm. If you aren’t amused by the idea of someone being force-fed a sandwich while having a sauce bottle with NOPE written on it then this game probably isn’t for you.

The whole point of the game is to avoid the Exploding Kitten cards and they are probably some of the most amusing of the set, especially if you own a cat.

Exploding Kittens, Original Edition, Exploding Kitten Cards

I can see my own cat being responsible for any of the catastrophes, from walking over a keyboard (which she does ALL THE TIME) to randomly chewing on some TNT and all with a casual nonchalant look on her face as the world burns around her.

So should you buy this version if you have the other (or vice versa), that comes down to whether you like the other and whether you routinely need to cater to more than 5 people, which I do. Ultimately it’s no different in play style to the other version and the only reason it’s scored a point lower is because I identify with the humour in the NSFW Edition a little more. Exploding Kittens is fun, it’s easy and none gamers can play it while having a few drinks and find it funny and stupid, which counts for a lot.

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