by Andrew Green
It is mildly unnerving feeling the gaze of people passing by as one declares the blending of kittens. Yet this is exactly the point of the card game Kittens in a Blender by Redshift Games. Of course it is curious as to why a perfectly normal human being would want to subject a hapless cat to a rather awful fate of being blended into kitten slurry. Why would someone do this? The answer is simple. Its because doing so scores points. It also sends despair into the eyes of an opponent who realizes you just sent 10 of her adorable friends to the great beyond!
The point of the game is to guide as many of your 16 furry buddies into the free kittens box ,which hopefully leads them to loving homes instead of allowing them to be placed into the blender. The game plays in series of turns between 2-4 players who each plays exactly two cards on their turn. These cards could be a kitten on the counter or in the blender, moving a kitten or kittens, or some special cards that change various aspects of the game mid-play. These specials include the dreaded Blend, that condemns the kitties in the blender to the hereafter while saving those in the box. That’s right, there is no happy ending in this game for the kittens in the adoption box that doesn’t involve a really bad day for a number of others waiting in the blender. Its a game of tough choices, acceptable losses, and good humored fun.
Sadly, the game is limited to 2 -4 players and plays best with three or four players. That said the game does allow for hilarious turns and often ironic twists of fate but still plays in about 30 mins. At $10 it is a fun game for those with a limited time frame or diminished mental capacity after a hard days work. We haven’t tried this but with a few sharpies (i.e. adding purple polka dots to pink, etc!) and a second deck it could be a hilarious party game for up to 8 players! (Editor’s note: Redshift Games is now working on an expansion deck that will upgrade the game to 6 players and have a team player mode for up to 12 players!)