Exploding Minions is an exciting family-friendly card game with the same concept as Exploding Kittens, but with a Minions-powered version of Russian Roulette. They also added new card types into this game which I will explain later in the post.
We love the exploding kittens game and this will appeal to all Minions fans! It is suitable for two to five players, and for ages seven and above. It comes in a well decorated sturdy box containing 72 cards and instructions.
If you don’t want to read the instructions, why not watch this video which explains it to you. We didn’t even need a trial run before starting the game. Do check out their website for details: https://www.explodingkittens.com/products/exploding-minions
To play the game, first, you need to remove all the Exploding Minion and Defuse cards from the deck. Shuffle the remaining deck and deal seven cards face down to each player. Each player will get one Defuse card so that everyone has a hand of eight cards in total. Insert the extra Defuse cards back in the deck.
Insert enough Exploding Minion cards back into the deck so that there is one fewer than the number of players. Remove any extra Exploding Minion cards from the game according to the number of players. For example, if there are only two players, you use only the cards with a Gru Tech symbol. For three players, you use only the cards without a Gru Tech symbol. For four to five players, you use all the cards.
Shuffle the deck, and put it face down in the middle of the table. Players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Minion card, at which point they explode (if they don’t have a Defuse card left), they are dead and they are out of the game. Be the last player in the game to win! It is that simple!
As I mentioned earlier, they have added new card types. Like the Clone card where you clone whatever card is beneath it and adopts the rules of that card. There is a Draw From the Bottom card where you draw your card from the bottom of the draw pile. There is also a slightly different rule from Exploding Kitten – in this version, you can’t use three character cards to swap for other players’ Defuse card. Otherwise, the rules are pretty much the same.
This is a fun game we can play again and again! We are not so into Minions now as both children are a little too old for it but we all love the concept of this game plus the extra new cards. I would definitely recommend it. It is available to buy from good toy retailers, online including Amazon.
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