Exploding Kittens, the popular card game and most backed Kickstarter ever, is getting a mobile game and animated series from Netflix in a first-of-its-kind deal.
For the first time in Netflix’s history, they will be launching a mobile game and TV series from the same franchise, Exploding Kittens. The popular card game will be getting an exclusive mobile game, Exploding Kittens – The Game, that is launching in May and an adult animated comedy series in 2023. It is safe to say the animated series is based on the NSFW edition of the game. The animated series stars Tom Ellis (Rush, Lucifer), Abraham Lim (Clickbait, The Boys), Lucy Liu (Shazam, Elementary), Ally Maki (Wrecked, Toy Story 4), Mark Proksch (What We Do In The Shadows, Better Call Saul) and Sasheer Zamata (Woke, Home Economics).
Exploding Kittens Adult Animated Series
The cast has some comedy veterans which bodes well for the series. I feel it will all depend on the writing and the chemistry. Assuming the series writing will match the quality of the game’s rules and gameplay, the bar is set pretty high. Plus Netflix is investing a lot with the game and the series, so chances are it is far from being phoned in. Here is the synopsis of the Exploding Kittens Animated Series from Netflix:
“In the animated series, titled Exploding Kittens, the eternal conflict between Heaven and Hell reaches epic proportions when both God and the Devil are sent to Earth – in the bodies of chunky house cats. The series comes from showrunners Shane Kosakowski and Matthew Inman; executive producers Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis of Bandera Entertainment; executive producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for the Chernin Entertainment Group; and executive producers and creators of the Exploding Kittens franchise, Elan Lee and The Oatmeal’s Inman.”
Exploding Kittens – The Game
Exploding Kittens – The Game is poised to retain the classic gameplay of the tabletop card game, but also enjoy two new exclusive cards. These cards are Radar, which reveals to players the position of the Exploding Kitten closest to the top of the card deck, and Flip Flop, which reverses the order of the cards in the deck. More cards and additional game mechanics are planned to be themed around the series so friends and families can play with their favorite characters and bring the show to life.
The most amazing part, which removed all my skepticism because in general mobile games are not games. Most mobile “games” are just highly researched methods of manipulating addiction to bleed players for microtransactions. Unlike most obviously evil and greedy mobile games, Netflix’s Exploding Kittens will be available to Netflix members without additional fees or in-app purchases. I do not know what that means for families who share one account.
Netflix on Exploding Kitten
“The co-development of a game and animated series breaks new ground for Netflix,” said Mike Moon, Netflix Head of Adult Animation. “And we couldn’t think of a better game to build a universe around than Exploding Kittens, one of the most inventive, iconic and original games of this century! Netflix is the perfect place to explore this growing franchise and we are so fortunate to be working with this incredible team!”
“Our goal is to offer our members great entertainment they’ll love in whatever format they may enjoy – whether it be a game or an animated series,” said Leanne Loombe, Head of External Games, Netflix. “As we expand our mobile games catalog, we’re excited to partner with the Exploding Kittens digital team to bring this enjoyable game to all age groups, including a few exciting updates exclusively for our members.”
“Netflix is the only service that could bring Exploding Kittens to life in both a series and a game,” said Matthew Inman, Exploding Kittens Chief Creative Officer and Creator of The Oatmeal. “We actually launched Exploding Kittens on Kickstarter as a weekend project, but our community has been the heart and soul of the company over the past six years. The new series and game will give our fans new ways to connect and interact with the franchise.”
Netflix also wanted to make it very clear no kittens were harmed in the writing of their press release. Exploding Kittens – The Game launches May 2022
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