Created by Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, the physical card game was a collaboration between him and game designers Elan Lee and Shane Small.
Out of the loop on all things Exploding Kittens? It’s best described as “a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” Don’t think about it too much. It makes more sense if you accept that.
Cats. Internet. Profit.
Here’s the promo for the card deck game:
If you’re not the card game type, the team tapped design studio Substantial to handle the mobile development. It is more streamlined than the physical card deck, and fans of Inman will enjoy new artwork incorporated into the iOS game.
Multiplayer is a work in progress. Up to five people can play across phones, but online play isn’t available, yet. Substantial is quick to point out the game is still a ‘kitten’ and not a full-grown ‘cat.’ Well played fellas.
Android user? Put down the pitchforks and douse the torches. It is on its way, but the release date is murky. Judging by the chart-topping success on iOS, I’d venture a safe guess of ‘damn soon.’