Game Night Just Got a Whole Lot More Exciting with That Escalated Quickly

Family game night is a great way to spend time together and bond as a family. In a world where digital distractions are ever-present, setting aside time for games and laughter can help families reconnect and create lasting memories. It can also be great way for children to build on their strategic skills as well as work on their verbal communication. Plus, there is nothing quite like a good board game to bring out everyone’s competitive side.

With different children come their different personalities, and with that, different games. In fact, we have collected some of the most fun games over the years, but now that our daughter is a little older it means that we can finally broaden our game choices and introduce some new ones, too. 

That Escalated Quickly is a brand new card game by Exploding Kittens. The whole aim of the game is for players to work together to come up with the most absurd things and put them in the right order. Sound easy, right? This is an all or nothing kind of game. This is about working together to get the point, so there is no room for that competitive streak to come out.

That Escalated Quickly has been designed in collaboration with Cocktail Games based on their Spiel de Jahres Game of the Year nominated title, Top Ten. Exploding Kittens has rewritten all 160 questions with a clean and appealing card design while preserving the enduring game elements of one of most popular party games.

The brand new game comes with 150 Question Cards, 10 Number Cards, and a Score Mat. Inside the box, you will also find an Game Guide that are filled with the rules and a step-by-step guide on how to play. It also comes with a handy QR Code that will take you to an instruction video that will go through the entire set up and show players how to play the game. 

What is That Escalated Quickly Card Game?

That Escalated Quickly is a cooperative game where players will either all succeed or all fail. It is the perfect game to play with family or friends or would be ideal to use as part of a team building exercise for people in business. It will get players to work together, with lots of laughs along the way. 

In each round, every player will get  a secret card with a number between 1 and 10, then one player will try to order those cards from highest to lowest - without looking at them. In order to do this a player will ask a question out loud.

For example 'My Friend dared me to do something while blind folded. What Should I do?' On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is the LEAST Dangerous and 10 being the MOST Dangerous. Everyone will then say an answer out loud that they feel matches their secret number. Then they will try to put those answers in order from lowest to highest and if you're successful - everyone wins. If any of them are out of order then everyone fails.

The Set Up

First, shuffle the Questions Cards and Number Cards separately and put them face down on the table. Note that the question cards are actually double sided, so it would be better to pick a colour and stick to that one colour for the entire games and put that colour face down.

Next, put the score mat in the middle of the table. Then, pick a player to go first. If you're playing with 2 or 3 players the set up is slightly different. The rules are the same, except you'll deal 2 Number Cards face down, side-by-side, in front of each player. You can look at your cards, but don't change their positions, and keep the numbers secret.

This means each player is pretending to be 2 players - this way you have enough cards to make the game challenging. When it's your turn as The Organizer, read the Question Card out loud. Then, all players will give an answer based on their Number Card on their RIGHT. After each player has given their first answer, you'll go around again and (starting with you) each give an answer for the card on your LEFT. 

Taking Your Turn

1. When it's your turn, you're The Organizer. So take the all the Number Cards and deal everyone, including yourself, a number making sure that they are face down. Everyone can look at their card, but must keep it secret.

2. Then The Organizer will turn over the first Question Card and read the question out loud.

3. So now, it's time for everyone to give their answers in a way that you think matches the secret number on your card. The Organizer gives their answer first and then all the players continue clockwise to give their answers. 

So, if we take the example from earlier 'My Friend dared me to do something while blind folded. What Should I do?' On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is the LEAST dangerous and MOST Dangerous. If your Number Card was 1 you may say something like 'Sit Down' for a 5 Number Card you might say 'Make a Sandwich' or for a 10 you might say 'Go For a Walk in a Busy Town'.

4. After everyone has given their answers, it's time to organise the cards from lowest to highest. Pick the player you believe has the lowest card number first and slide it over to The Organizer. Continue to do this until the last player has revealed their Number Card.

5. If you flipped over all the number correctly from lowest to highest, you all get a point. Then, place your Question Card on the GOOD CARD spot on the Score Mat. However, if you have revealed a Number Card out of order, you made a mistake and lost the round and you have to place your card on the BAD CARDS spot on the Score Mat.

These rules are slightly different if you have 6,7 or 8 players in a game. You're allowed to make one mistake when it comes to flipping the cards over after being organised in order by simply discarded the incorrect card. Then, continue to reveal the remaining Number Cards. If you make any more mistakes you've lost the round. So you must place you Question Card in the BAD CARDS place on the Score Mat

6. The round is over. Collect ALL 10 Number Cards, shuffle them, and hand them over to the player on your left to begin their turn as The Organizer. The fun begins again. 

Our Thoughts on That Escalated Quickly Card Game

That Escalated Quickly Card Game is great to play with all the family because everyone has to work together to score points. It is an ideal game to play for those that think outside the box and give the most absurd answers that will make everyone laugh. I would recommend this game for those who have a wicked sense of humour and those who like team building games rather than unleashing their competitive streak. That Escalated Quickly Card Game by Exploding Kittens has been designed for up to eight players who are aged 10 years +. It is available to buy online here. It has a RRP of £20. 

** We were kindly gifted our game from Exploding Kittens, but as always, my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using. **


  1. This sounds like so much fun! I love the teamwork aspect of the game. Those are the kinds that are the most fun for me.

  2. I love that this is a game the entire family can play and have fun with. I remember being a kid and being bored out of my gourd when the older kids and adults wanted to play something like Monopoly.

  3. Marie Cris Angeles29 February 2024 at 09:26

    Ooh! I want to try this game with my cousins. We really love to play board games.

  4. This sounds like something my family would enjoy playing, we all enjoy a card game and anything that involves humour and a bit of a challenge is always a bonus. It sounds like fun!

  5. Thank you for introducing 'That Escalated Quickly'! It sounds like a fantastic addition to game night, offering fun and teamwork for all :)

  6. Ohh this sounds like a really fun game, although I don't know how good I'd be at guessing the order of things. But I love the example question, I'd probably need a lot of time to think if I had a number to work out what matches haha x

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  8. I'll have to get this for our game night! I'm sure my family would love this.

  9. Sounds like a fun game for the family. It's always nice to set time aside and plan a game night to connect and have fun.

  10. Not only does game night encourage strategic thinking and verbal communication skills in children, but it also ignites a healthy dose of friendly competition among all participants. It's a wonderful reminder of the joy and camaraderie that board games can bring to family gatherings.

  11. We love playing games together as a family. This sounds like it would be a blast to play, I will look into getting a copy of this.

  12. This would be right up my granddaughter's alley. She is the gamingest kid I know. I love to visit or have her come visit. Kindred gaming spirit. :)