What are Action Cards in Exploding Kittens?

What are Action Cards in Exploding Kittens?

If you want a game that requires at least some degree of skill and have never learned to master poker, then Exploding Kittens could be the game for you. The company that has produced the game, advertise it as a card game for those who are into kittens, explosions and laser beams (as well as the odd goat) which might make you think that the possibility for fun is a little limited.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.  

Exploding Kittens has grown in popularity after it was one of the most backed ventures on Kickstarter and is basically a weird version of Russian Roulette. Yes, you could buy a gun and sit with your mates, a single bullet between you, and hope for the best. Exploding Kittens, on the other hand, is much more fun and a damn site safer.

But be warned: It can quickly become devilishly complicated.

Each player begins to take cards from the pile and the fun doesn’t really start until someone draws an exploding kitten card.

At this point, two things happen. The player can do nothing and is thrown out of the game. Or the player uses an action card to deflect the exploding kitten card and save themselves. These action cards are the assets that make this game very complicated and strategic. It’s fun but it’s also designed to get those grey cells working. You can also use these action cards to influence the game and make sure your opponent has nowhere left to run, gets the exploding kitten card and exits the game.

Defuse Cards

These basically negate the exploding kitten card if you have chosen it from the pack. These diffuse the kitty bomb either with a laser, a little kitten therapy or a catnip sandwich.

Other Action Cards

Whilst defuse cards are useful, you have other action cards in the pack that can variously help you deflect attacks from other players or check the deck or even relocate an exploding kitten card.

  • Attack: Immediately ends your turn and then passes it onto the next player, forcing them to take two turns.
  • Nope: Can stop an attack from another player and be played at any time.
  • Skip: This allows you to end your turn without having to take another card.
  • Shuffle: This allows you to shuffle the drawing pile, particularly useful if you have an idea where the next exploding kitten is and can’t avoid it by any other means.
  • See the Future: Take a look at the top three cards to make sure there are no nasty surprises waiting for you.

There are also actions you can take if you have two or three of a kind of particular cards that enable you to steal from other players or the discarded pile. This all makes Exploding Kittens suddenly a game of strategy that you have to learn if you are going to beat your opponents. It’s a fun game that can be played by kids and older enthusiasts and is a great game to get all the family together.

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