Zombie Kittens
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IMPORTANT!!!

We know you’ve been playing Exploding Kittens for years and think you know all the rules, but you don’t. When it comes to this new game, you’re a dumb adorable kitten... let’s make you undumb... please read these rules. (Don’t worry, you’ll still be adorable no matter what.)

HOW IT WORKS

HOW IT WORKS

In the deck of cards are some Exploding Kittens. You play the game by putting the deck face down and taking turns drawing cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten.


When that happens, that person explodes and they are out of the game (for now).



All of the other cards will give you powerful tools to help you avoid exploding!

This process continues until there's only 1 player left who wins the game.


BASICALLY

If you explode, you lose.


If you don't explode, you win.


And all the other cards will lessen your chances of getting exploded by Exploding Kittens.

For example

If it were your turn to draw, you could play a See the Future Card to peek at the top few cards in the Draw Pile before drawing.

If you saw an Exploding Kitten, you could then play a Skip Card to end your turn without drawing a card instead of exploding.

SETUP

TAKING YOUR TURN

DYING

BEING DEAD

COMING BACK TO LIFE

ENDING THE GAME

EXAMPLE TURN

FIELD GUIDE

SPECIAL COMBOS

What happens if you combine Zombie Kittens with any copy of Exploding Kittens? You get a Zombie Apocalypse!


With the Zombie Apocalypse, you can use all your favorite cards from both games and play with up to 9 players.

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SETUP

SETUP

  • 1

    Keep your two decks of cards (Exploding Kittens and Zombie Kittens) separate for a moment to make it easier to remove the appropriate cards.

  • 2

    You’re going to need a mix of the Zombie Kitten Cards (which function as Defuse Cards) and the actual Defuse Cards from your Exploding Kittens game. To get the optimal blend for your number of players, use this chart:

    PLAYERS ZOMBIE KITTEN CARDS DEFUSE CARDS
    2 2 -
    3 3 -
    4 4 -
    5 5 -
    6 5 1
    7 5 2
    8 5 3
    9 5 4

    Remove any extra Zombie Kittens Cards and Defuse Cards from the game (you won’t need them).

  • 3

    Shuffle the correct number of Zombie Kitten and Defuse cards from the chart above and deal 1 to each player.

  • 4

    Next, remove all the Exploding Kitten Cards from both decks (Zombie Kittens deck and Exploding Kittens deck) and set them aside.

  • 5

    Remove ALL the Cat Cards from your Exploding Kittens deck. (You won’t need them because there are enough Cat Cards in your Zombie Kittens deck.)

  • 6

    Now, shuffle together your newly assembled Zombie Kittens and Exploding Kittens deck to create the Zombie Apocalypse deck. Then, deal 7 cards to each player so that everyone has a hand of 8 cards total. (1 Zombie/Defuse + 7 cards)

    To make sure the game doesn’t go too long, remove enough random cards from the Draw Pile so that you’re left with the correct amount for your number of players. You won’t need the cards you remove.

    PLAYERS DRAW PILE CARDS
    2 15
    3 20
    4 25
    5 30
    6-9 35
  • 7

    Shuffle as many Exploding Kittens back into your final Zombie Apocalypse deck as the number of players minus one.

    That’s it! Play as normal!

PLAYING WITH OTHER EXPANSIONS

If you explode with any cards face up in front of you, discard those cards. If someone has placed any cards in front of you and they explode, discard the cards they put in front of you.

Cards that force you to give away cards—such as Garbage Collection, Potluck, etc.—will not affect you when you are Dead, unless it explicitly says so.

Tower of Power. If a player has the Tower of Power and dies, they keep the Tower of Power. If the player later becomes Living, the Tower of Power will take effect again.

Share the Future. If the next player is Dead, the three cards will still be shared with that Dead player.

Imploding Kitten. If you die from the Imploding Kitten and return to the game, the Imploding Kitten card will be placed back into the deck face up. A Zombie Kitten cannot be used on a face up Imploding Kitten.