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Competitive Family Fun: Sour Apples to Apples

Updated on December 31, 2017

Sour Apples to Apples

A Game for All Ages

If your family has already mastered the traditional Apples to Apples game and needs a new challenge, here it is! Sour Apples to Apples adds a new dimension to an already fun game. While the original game gives credit for the best answers only, Sour Apples also penalizes the worst answer in each round. The penalty is a roll of the die to determine penalties such as being unable to defend one's answer verbally in the next round, drawing an extra card, etc. This game was a perfect fit for my highly competitive ( though generally good-natured) family.

We have a large family and large vocabularies around my house, so word games such as Scrabble and Taboo are a favorite pastime at holiday gatherings or on a cold winter night. The beauty of the Apples to Apples games is that they can be played with a group that ranges in age from Daddy (college professor) to the baby (now twelve.) These games get the introverts excited while keeping the extroverts' attention. Males and females seem to enjoy it equally well, and it can be played with many players or just a few.

This is a great game to give the whole family for Christmas or "just because." Be prepared for power outages with non-electronic fun. Other versions of this game are available, including kids' version, Bible version, and Jewish version. Expansion card sets are also available to refresh an older game with new words.

If your family is stuck sitting around staring at phones and computers, get some communication and laughter going with a lively game of Sour Apples to Apples. You just may find you enjoy playing together! It's great for classrooms, too, so teachers take note.

My family already owns the original Apples to Apples as well as the Sour Apples to Apples.

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    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      4 years ago

      My husband and I played Apples to Apples with another couple at New Years Eve a couple years back and absolutely loved it. I think we just might have to give this Sour game a try as well.


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