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A Review of Cards Against Humanity
I used to love Apples to Apples. It’s simple to play, generates good discussion, and often leads to lots of laughs. But compared to Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples is boring.
Cards Against Humanity calls itself “A party game for horrible people.” Really, it’s a great game for people who can put political correctness aside and don’t mind laughing about sex and other adult topics. For this reason, the game box says it is for ages 17 and over.
Cards Against Humanity is played similar to the way Apples to Apples is played. Each player will draw ten white cards. Here’s a selection of ten cards you might be dealt:
- Hot cheese.
- Robert Downey, Jr.
- A defective condom.
- A stray pube.
- Judge Judy.
- All-you-can-eat shrimp for $4.99.
- My sex life.
- The Care Bear Stare.
- Figgy pudding.
- The Holy Bible.
Then one player will draw a black card, which has a question or fill in the blank statement. The person with the black card will read the card to the group, such as “What gets better with age?”
The rest of the players then answer that card by selecting one of their white cards. Everyone passes their white cards, face down, to the person with the black card. The person will then read all the potential answers to the group. The person with the black card picks their favorite answer. Whoever had played the favorite answer gets a point.
What card would you play to answer the question: What gets better with age?
Imagine you were playing the ten cards above to answer the question “What gets better with age?” You might have had a hard time choosing your card.
The game has some additional “House Rules” that can be fun to implement. There are also some black cards that require playing two white cards to answer the question.
The game can be played with 4 or more players. Like Apples to Apples, this game is a great choice to play when you don’t have an even number of players.
I’ve played the game with 4, 6, and 7 players. It was more fun with more players.
The only downside to the game is it seems buying the expansion packs will really increase the enjoyment of the game. The original pack comes with 460 white cards and 90 black cards. Even though I’ve only played the game a few times I’m already feeling like I’m familiar with the cards.
How Much Does Cards Against Humanity Cost?
Buyers BEWARE! The game should only cost $25 on Amazon.com. It sells out frequently because it’s such a popular game and then other resellers bump up the price. If that happens, go to www.cardsagainsthumanity.com and click their Buy Now button. If it’s not in stock, you can sign up to be alerted by email to know when it’s in stock for $25.
Expansion packs cost $10.
There is also a cheaper, do-it-yourself alternative! If you don’t want to wait for the game to come in stock, or you don't want to pay the full price of $25, the entire game is available under a Creative Commons license, so you can print out your own set if you want. Go to the website (www.cardsagainsthumanity.com) and they have full instructions on how to do so (plus, the website is super funny, so it is worth a visit just for the fun of it.)
Final Word of Caution
Don’t play this game with your in-laws. It’d be seriously awkward. Otherwise, have fun and I guarantee you will laugh!