If there was ever any doubt that the internet loves cats and games, Exploding Kittens blows it out of the water. The comedy card game has just become the most highly-funded gaming project on Kickstarter, raising more than $8.78m over a (very) successful campaign. The original goal? Just $10,000.
Exploding Kittens is the brainchild of three men: Internet cartoon sensation Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Xbox developers Elan Lee and Shane Small. The game is simple – players take turns drawing cards from a stack, until someone picks up an exploding kitten and loses the game.
…actually, gameplay is a little more complicated:
The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.
The game gets more and more intense with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck means a greater chance of drawing the kitten and exploding in a fiery ball of feline hyperbole.
Nearly 220,000 backers really (really) want to play this game, enticed by rewards as simple as a copy of the card game itself, right up to having a custom card drawn just for you. Within just three days of the campaign kickoff, the project had raised $3m – and in 30 days, that sum had nearly tripled.
The final total of $8,782,571 is $186,097 more than previous record-holder, the hackable Android console Ouya. That said, it’s not the only record Exploding Kittens can claim: Its 219,382 backers are a new milestone for Kickstarter as well.
If you backed Exploding Kittens, your cards are expected to be sent out in July 2015 – and we’re guessing that they’ll be available for the rest of us some time after that.