Players take turns picking up cards, while trying to avoid the Exploding Kitten cards.
If somebody draws an Exploding Kitten card, they explode. They are dead and are booted from the game.
Defuse the kittens.
Players can stay alive by defusing the kittens with things like laser pointers or catnip sandwiches.
There are various action cards which allow you to develop complex strategies for avoiding drawing an Exploding Kittens, such as attacking other players and forcing them to draw extra cards.
We created Exploding Kittens with one principle in mind: it’s a game that lets you develop fun and/or cruel strategies against one another.