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A unique set of cards. Actions that change up the game every time. And a weird obsession with cats, tacos and body functions. What’s not to like about Exploding Kittens? But is the Exploding Kittens Party Pack worth it? Let’s discuss…

Exploding Kittens Party Pack Review

But first, if you’ve never heard of Exploding Kittens before, then it’s a popular card game. It’s like a cross between Russian Roulette and Uno.

The game became a reality thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter back in 2015. The inventors raised a whopping $8,782,571! With that, Exploding Kittens officially became the most-backed Kickstarter project of all time and the third-most-funded project in Kickstarter history.

Nearly a decade later, Exploding Kittens still has a loyal fan base and the company has created many more additions to the game since then. One of which is the Exploding Kittens Party Pack, which we’ll tell you about now.

FYI: Our review is aimed at adults. We hope you find it helpful.

Exploding Kittens Party Pack Review: The TLDR Version

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Exploding Kittens Party Pack Review

Exploding Kittens Party Pack

The Exploding Kittens Party Pack is an additional product within the Exploding Kittens family and is very similar to the original game, which is like an eclectic mix of Russian Roulette and Uno. The Party Pack is designed for 2-10 players, aged 7 and up.

What We Like:

  • Easy to learn
  • Quick to play and set up
  • It has a good balance of luck and strategy
  • The new action cards make it more exciting

What We Don’t Like:

  • It’s a tad expensive (unless you buy it on offer)
  • The packaging leaves a little to be desired

Exploding Kittens is quick and easy to learn, requires minimal setup and each game usually lasts for under 15 minutes. If you have a quirky sense of humour and love ‘Take That’ games, you’ll probably enjoy playing Exploding Kittens.

In a nutshell, your goal is to avoid getting “blown up” by the “Exploding Kitten” card. You can avoid this by blowing everyone else up first or using a “Defuse” card to stop the explosion. Along the way, you have action cards you can use to attack other players, save yourself and completely alter the game.

Unique card designs for Exploding Kittens game

Exploding Kittens has a good balance of luck and strategy, which (as our website name suggests), we love. While you can be strategic about which action cards to play and when, you won’t always know where the deadly “Exploding Kitten” card is, what action cards you’ll pick up and when, or what cards anyone has in their hands.

Within the Exploding Kittens Party Pack, there are also four new action cards, which help to change up the game from the Original version.

New Action Cards & Expansion Packs

While you get all the same action cards in the Party Pack as in the Original version, you also get four new types. And they’re a lot of fun:

  • Feral Cat: This card can be used in combination with any other cat card such as “Beard Cat”, “Rainbow Cat”, “Taco Cat”, etc. Handy when you need to use a “Special Combo” to steal cards from other players.
  • Targeted Attack: This card is in addition to the original “Attack” card. This time, you can target which player you want to attack. Most useful when playing with three or more players.
  • Alter the Future: You can look at the top three cards in the Draw pile (just like with a “See the Future” card). But this time, you can change the order of the three cards.
  • Draw from the Bottom: As the name suggests, you draw your next card from the bottom of the Draw pile rather than from the top.
NEW Action Cards in Exploding Kittens Party Pack

My favourite of these is “Alter the Future” – even though I struggle with getting the order right when I put the cards back. Things going upside down seem to confuse me.

You can also buy Expansion Packs to get even more action cards. Currently, there are three Expansion Packs to choose from. We already have plans to get the Imploding Kittens and Streaking Kittens versions, so we’ll be sure to tell you whether they’re worth it soon, as well.

More Cards = More Players

Alongside the extra action cards, probably the biggest difference between the Exploding Kittens Party Pack and the Original version is how many cards you get in the pack, and thus, how many people can join in.

While the Original game was designed for 2-5 people (or up to 6 players if you get one of the Expansion Packs we’ve talked about), the Party Pack is designed for 2-10 players. Perfect for an epic game night with lots of friends!

As you might imagine, the Party Pack has extra cards to accommodate more people playing. There are 120 cards in the pack (compared with the 50 you get in the Original version).

With the Party Pack, the total amount of cards you play with changes based on how many people are playing as follows:

  • 2-3 players only use the cards with paw prints on them (44 cards in total plus 1 or 2 Exploding Kittens)
  • 4-7 players only use the cards without paw prints on them (67 cards in total plus 3-6 Exploding Kittens)
  • 8-10 players use all the cards (111 cards in total plus 7-9 Exploding Kittens)
Defuse cards in Exploding Kittens Party Pack

This means, if you’re never going to play with more than two or three people, you’ll need to store an extra 76 cards that will never get used. If you’re interested in the Party Pack just to get your hands on the new action cards, then it would make much more sense for you to grab an Expansion Pack like Imploding Kittens or Streaking Kittens instead.

A Quick Note About This

The eagle-eyed among you might’ve noticed that two-player games play with fewer cards than in the Original game/rules. This is because, with the Party Pack, you play with fewer “Defuse cards”. Naturally, this makes the game more challenging.

Of course, you could just remove some “Defuse” cards from the Original version to get the same effect, which my husband and I do.

It’s very rare for us to host (or attend!) game nights with more than just a handful of friends at a time, so the Party Pack didn’t make sense for us. Instead, we’ve bought two Expansion Packs to make the Original game even more exciting and challenging.

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Let’s Talk Price…

At just under £25/$25 at the time of writing, some people might say the Exploding Kittens Party Pack is a little on the expensive side – especially as it’s just a card game.

However, at only £5/$5 more than the Original game, I’d argue the Party Pack offers better value for money. Particularly as you get some new action cards in this version plus an additional 64 cards, enabling you to play with more people.

Also, you can currently get 10% off your order when you subscribe to the company’s newsletter. Making the price you pay even more worth it!

Just like in the Original version, the designers and manufacturer could have cut corners by using the same designs across the deck of cards. But they didn’t. Even cards within the same category such as “See the Future”, “Alter the Future” and “Nope” cards have different illustrations on them – usually in the form of a silly saying or quote. Given Scott and I have a quirky sense of humour, we really appreciate this touch.

Unique card designs in the Exploding Kittens Party Pack

They’ve also chosen to use fairly good quality packaging (especially for a card game). In the Party Pack version, the box makes a sound when you open it. Ours might be broken because it kind of sounds like an explosion, but not really, to be honest. Other people have mentioned meowing cats and cats doing the conga, so who knows what it’s actually supposed to sound like?

Two-Player Games

Although my husband and I often host (or attend) game nights with our friends, we also play a lot of games with just the two of us. Therefore, we always like our reviews to comment on whether they’re good for two players or not.

The Original Exploding Kittens game was designed for 2-5 players, but they’ve changed this with the Party Pack version as this one is designed for 2-10 players. Either way, two players can enjoy either version – especially thanks to the new action cards and Expansion Packs I mentioned earlier.

Also, in the Party Pack version, two-player games only use the cards with pawprints on them. This means you actually end up playing with fewer “Defuse” cards than in the Original version. This certainly makes the game harder and more exciting, so we play the Original version like this now as well.

Alongside the two “Special Combos” in the Original version, the rulebook in the Party Pack mentions another combo you can use – aptly called the “5 Card Special Combo”. With this one, you can put down any five cards of different titles and pick up any card you like from the Discard pile. So grab that extra “Defuse” card while you can!

With all this said, you’ll probably enjoy playing Exploding Kittens even more if there’s more of you playing as it’ll be harder to determine what cards people have. You’ll also probably get “Noped” more often, which can really affect your strategy – especially with the “5 Card Special Combo” I mentioned above.

FAQs About The Exploding Kittens Party Pack

If you’re still unsure whether the Party Pack is worth it for you, then read on for some frequently asked questions, as well as our final verdict.

What does the Exploding Kittens Party Pack include?

In the Party Pack, you get 120 cards, which include four new types of action cards and a rulebook, which contains slight variations on the original rules of the game. The Exploding Kittens Party Pack also makes a noise when you open the box.

Exploding Kittens Party Pack Review

Is the Exploding Kittens Party Pack better than the Original?

Yes and no. While both games are pretty much the same, the Party Pack comes with four new action cards, which really help to change up the game. But you can also get these (plus even more types of action cards) with the Expansion Packs, so this shouldn’t be the only reason you get the Party Pack. Instead, you need to ask yourself how many people you’re likely to play with. If there are more than five of you, the Expansion Packs allow you to play with up to 6 people. But if you have more people than that, then the Party Pack is for you!

Can you combine Exploding Kittens decks?

The short answer is: yes, you can combine Exploding Kittens decks. When I was first deciding whether to buy the Original game or the Party Pack, I found some outdated Reddit forums, which said the card designs differed between the two games. Having bought both games very recently, it looks like the designers and manufacturers have fixed this issue.

Does the Exploding Kittens Party Pack work with expansions?

If you’re wondering whether you can use Expansion Packs with the Exploding Kittens Party Pack, then the official website confirms you can use all three of their current Expansion Packs (just like with the Original version):

Is Exploding Kittens easy to learn?

Exploding Kittens is easy to learn, though the large array of action cards might initially surprise you. After a few rounds, you’ll likely become familiar with each card’s function. You might even be eager to try the “Special Combos” mentioned in the rulebook. And don’t worry – the cards are practically foolproof because they have clear instructions on them.

Is Exploding Kittens skill-based?

Mastering Exploding Kittens requires a touch of skill. Strategically playing specific action cards at optimal moments can improve your chances of winning. However, luck also plays a significant role in the game, adding an exciting and unpredictable element to each round.

Is Exploding Kittens strategy or luck-based?

We believe that Exploding Kittens strikes a good balance between luck and strategy. Deploying specific action cards at the right moment requires strategic thinking. Yet, the uncertainty of the lurking “Exploding Kitten” card, the unpredictable draw of action cards and the mystery of other players’ hands contribute to the game’s thrilling and unpredictable nature!

Is Exploding Kittens good for 2 people?

The Original Exploding Kittens game was designed for 2-5 players, while the Party Pack is for 2-10 people. Whichever game you play, there’s plenty of fun to be had with two people. That said, the game is infinitely more fun with more players and you’ll likely find the game is more fast-paced than with just two of you.

Is Exploding Kittens a good party game?

Exploding Kittens is an excellent party game! The Party Pack is designed for 2-10 players, requires minimal setup and each round usually lasts for under 15 minutes. Perfect for an epic game night! If you don’t have that many people playing, then the Original version allows for 2-5 players (or up to 6 players with one of the Expansion Packs).

Is Exploding Kittens inappropriate?

Exploding Kittens is for players aged 7 and up, but some people say it’s inappropriate. You probably have to have a certain sense of humour to appreciate the silliness of the cards and their designs.

For example, one card might say “Deploy the groin-kicking panda bear”, while another says “Crawl inside a goat butt and see many wondrous things.”

Card designs and humour in Exploding Kittens Party Pack

Because of that, some parents might not want their children playing it. Likewise, you might not want to play this game with your Grandma. (Except maybe cool Grandmas!) In that case, you might prefer Uno, which is similar and more family-friendly.

What is the 5 card rule in Exploding Kittens?

The rulebook within the Exploding Kittens Party Pack mentions an additional “Special Combo”, which is aptly called the “5 Card Special Combo”. With this one, you can put down any five cards of different titles and pick up any card you like from the Discard pile. This “Special Combo” is in addition to the “Two of a Kind” and “Three of a Kind” combos mentioned in the Original rulebook.

Is The Exploding Kittens Party Pack Worth It? Our Final Verdict

While we love Exploding Kittens, the Party Pack is only worth it if you’re going to play with more than 5 or 6 people regularly. If not, then you run the risk of storing over 70 cards that you’re never going to play with.

If that’s the case, then you may want to consider the Original Exploding Kittens game instead. And if you like it as much as we do, then you can alter the rules slightly, or buy an Expansion Pack or two to change up the game and make it even more exciting!

RELATED: Exploding Kittens Review – Is It Fun For Adults?

That said, if you regularly attend or host game nights with lots of people, then the Party Pack is perfect for you! The game is quick, fun and requires very little setup, so it’s a great filler game. Plus, if you can grab the game while it’s on offer, then it’s even more worth it!

I hope this review of the Exploding Kittens Party Pack has helped you decide if it’s right for you. If you have any questions we’ve not covered, please feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll reply ASAP!

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