Microsoft's Zo bot can now take you on in a friendly game of Exploding Kittens

Microsoft is doing some cool things with AI, but one of its latest is pure fun. Microsoft's Zo chatbot recently picked up the ability to play Exploding Kittens, a quirky card game where the goal is to avoid exploding kittens at all costs.

Exploding Kittens typically requires you to get together with friends to play, but Zo will let you play alone (well, against a chat bot) any time you have some time to kill. If you've never played, Exploding Kittens is described as a sort of Russian roulette-style game where you try to force your opponent to draw an exploding kitten card while attempting to avoid one at all costs for yourself. It's a pretty simple premise, but it's backed up by a huge variety of ridiculously named cards and mechanics.

If you're down to give the game a shot, you can start playing with Zo now. All you have to do to get started is to start chatting with Zo on Facebook Messenger, Kik, or GroupMe. Simply say "play EK" and Zo will drop a link to play the game.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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