Kickstarter is known for funding labors of love like films, albums and art pieces. But what happens when the now-largest grossing Kickstarter fund is for a card game called “Exploding Kittens” that has important aspects of enchiladas, sasquatches, goats and laser beams?
According to the Exploding Kittens Kickstarter page, the game “is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” Where do the actual exploding kittens come in you ask? Players will take turns drawing cards until someone gets the exploding kitten then losing the game. When drawing an exploding kitten card you essentially explode with the kitten. And die. And lose the game. To avoid dying the player must use one of the other cards they have been drawing throughout the game, a defuse card, that will distract the kitten, like laser pointers and catnip.
The original goal for Exploding Kittens was $10,000 but has since exceeded that and reached an extraordinary $5,493,6972 (as of Feb. 6) since its release to Kickstarter on Jan. 20 with two weeks still open to donate. The creators reached their goal the same day they posted and six days reached enough money to create a second version of the game.
Other cards to be played include multiple attack cards with unique illustrations, skip and shuffle cards. There are two versions of the game, one for all ages and even a NSFW version that features “boob dragons.”
The Kickstarter page features a history of the story behind the obscure idea, doodles of the original creators, the original sketches for cards and an introductory video. Exploding Kittens already has their own website, Facebook, Twitter and has been featured on Forbes, CNN and Newsweek’s websites.
With games like Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity and The Settlers of Catan that are already exceedingly popular card games, Exploding Kittens is sure to be memorable and have continuous success for years coming.