Review: Apples to Apples

I just have to tell you all about Apples to Apples, because it is arguably the best card game EVER.

I played it once in high school, and we’ve played it several times with Dan’s family. Finally, last month, we broke down and bought the game.

Well, that is to say, I harassed Dan until he agreed.

We’ve played it with various members of my family 3 times since then, and few things bring me more joy! Let me share the merriment with all y’all:

Everyone has seven red cards. The red cards are nouns. Random nouns like “Mel Gibson,” “Machine Guns,” and “My First Kiss.”

There is a stack of green cards. The green cards are adjectives. Funny adjectives like “Sick” or “Sensual.”

So when it’s your turn, you are the judge. You draw a green card and read it aloud, then lay it on the table.

Everyone chooses a red card that they think the judge will like. It can be literal or funny, but it must pair with the adjective.

When everyone has passed a card to the judge, the judge mixes them up and reads them aloud. Everyone gets a good laugh, and they often inspire some incredibly hilarious, random comments from the players!

After the judge reads them all, he chooses which one he likes best.

“What the heck? This one is hilariously ridiculous!”

“Was it yours, Matt? It sounds like you!”

Matty wins again! He wins a lot, cuz he’s pretty darn funny. Brian gives him the green card. At the end of the game (which we play till we get bored, but technically you stop sooner than that), whoever has won the most green cards wins.

Here we have the green card “Busy.” The submitted red cards were “A Bull Fight,” “Industrial Revolution,” “Machine Guns,” “Antarctica,” and “Hangnails.” Matt, the judge, chose Antarctica, because it’s cool, plus it’s got lots of moving glaciers.

MY card was Machine Guns. Dang nabbit!

Like I said, some pretty hilarious things are said during this game. My favorite came after Matt read off a bunch of cards, including one that said “Lemons.” Apparently, “lemons” is one of his favorite words. Flushed with excitement, he exclaimed, “Me and Jake made a website about lemons once! It was so YELLOW, it was AWESOME!”

It’s still hilarious, and that was 3 weeks ago.

In fact, the first time I played this with Dad and Matt, I shot water out my nose for the first time ever (and I hope also the last time). It was THAT DARNED FUNNY.

So, seriously, you have to get this game. Nothing will keep you happy and healthy in 2008 like a great big dose of laughter!


4 Responses

  1. You forgot to mention that it’s also the first game in years that you’ve convinced your mom to play! I don’t like games usually because I don’t enjoy the stress of of competition, but this one just plain funny and light-hearted. I agree with your recommendation 100%.

  2. I would have picked your “busy machine guns.” Cute blog— nice to meet you in the blogging world!
    Blessings for your New Year!
    Oh and I wouldn’t have wanted the Rice Crispie treats cutters either!

  3. My family has been addicted to this game this Christmas as well! Lots of family fun!

  4. Awesome game! We love Apples to Apples.

    We love it in our house. It’s great when new people join our group as an ice breaker.

    If you’ve never played is a good place to get a feel for it.

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