Exploding Kittens Lands on Android


Avoid sunburns, mosquito bites, and frisbee-golf players this summer by staying inside and playing Exploding Kittens—now available for Android.

From the minds of Elan Lee, Shane Small, and The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman, the card game closed a crowdfunding campaign in February 2015 with more than $8.7 million, becoming the most-funded game in Kickstarter history.

An illustrated, strategic version of Russian Roulette for people "who are into kittens and explosions and corn dogs and sometimes pigs," the game launched in January as an iOS app, and quickly topped the iTunes charts.

Similar to the tabletop version—players draw cards until someone finds an exploding kitten, at which point they explode and die, or save themselves with a limited set of defuse cards—the mobile app works with two to five people.

Initially, folks could connect only with nearby friends via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network, limiting people from exploding remote strangers. A recent update, however, fixed that by rolling out online multiplayer mode.

The addition of an Android app expands the game's reach even further, allowing iOS and Android users to battle one another. It also includes cards exclusive to the digital game.

The new version currently boasts a 4.4-out-of-five-star rating in the Google Play store, with only a handful of disappointed users offering suggestions like a mute button, "Nope" cards, less battery consumption, and a "free-with-in-app-purchases" price tag (it currently costs $1.99).

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