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Apples to Apples

Fast-moving fun for four to ten players, Apples to Apples is perfect for any get-together with family and friends. Just open the box, deal the cards, and you're ready to play! Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things, and events. Comes complete with over 1,000 cards.

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69 of 76 gamers found this helpful
“Party Game that Generally Words Well for Non-gamers”

I find that often, people who consider themselves gamers (a group I certainly feel I am a member) have a tough time relating to others that don’t share our feelings about gaming. It’s easy to forget that not everyone finds optimizing positions, maximizing resources, and manipulating wooden cubes to be “fun”. While these are the games I am drawn to, I have learned the hard way that assuming that because I like a game – everyone will like it – can lead to unhappy gaming experiences. Many want a game to be a social activity that is relaxing and takes little brain power. Apples to Apples tends to be a great game to fit that bill.

Game Play
Apples to Apples, mechanically, is a very simple game to learn and teach. Each player will be given a hand of red cards that each has a word or short phrase on it (generally along with some quick blurb of information on it). Each round, it will be one player’s ‘turn’ to flip over a green card that will have a word on it (often an adjective, or description). Each other player will choose a red card from their hand and play it to a middle pile face down. The player whose turn it is will then shuffle these cards and lay them each out. Then, they will pick the red card that they think most fits the green card that was turned up. It is up to the player to decide how to ‘judge’ which the best fit is. Sometimes it will be the most closely related, others it will be the one they find most humorous. The player that played the chosen red card will be awarded the green card to show they won that round.

Play continues until one player has reached a predetermined number of green cards, at which time that player will be named the winner.

My Thoughts
In Apples to Apples, players aren’t necessarily trying to beat their opponents through optimal play or shrewd tactics. Instead, it allows people to share laughs and try to play to what they think an opponent will like. Often, knowing the person you’re playing with is far more important than how you are at making relationships between cards.

I’ve played many times where multiple games are played. In one game, a player may win handily, while in the immediate following game, they don’t score at all. Generally, in groups of people that enjoy Apples to Apples no one really cares who the winner is. This is a game that is not played for victory, but for the experience. Many people find this sort of game tedious as there is little use for strategy. Different people will look at the cards that were played and choose different ‘best’ answers.

In my experience, people that enjoy Dixit will enjoy Apples to Apples as they both contain easy rules, quick gameplay, and reward creativity over knowledge and analysis. It is not uncommon for people who enjoy Apples to Apples to not be overly interested in “moving on” to other more advanced games. Apples to Apples is often the type of game that a group that enjoys it will be willing to play over and over without a need to graduate to other games.

If you’re idea of a fun game involves cubes, resource management, and a good brain workout, there are many other games that will likely interest you more. I personally enjoy Apples to Apples from time to time as a way to catch up with friends and enjoy a game with non-gamers, but it is not something I will seek out on a normal “Eurogame” night. Apples to Apples has earned its spot on my game shelf, even if it doesn’t fit in with many of my more preferred games. If you’re looking for a social game that focuses more on the joy of interacting with a group over tactics and strategy, Apples to Apples could well be for you.

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60 of 67 gamers found this helpful
“Great Fun - Gets Old.”

I’ve been playing (and owned) Apples to Apples since shortly after its initial release.

At first, I absolutely loved the game. It was the best party game I’d ever played. It had none of the trivia and word game problems (smart people — well, sort of. when you have a “Berlin, 1952” and you don’t know what it is, it can be hard to play it well 🙂 ) — and it has none of the “category” problems (“things you hold” … oh man, the arguments!) — but it was still an open-ended, casual, fun game with laughs.

So, on the general assumption that the game is a great party game, here are the downsides I’ve found:

* Playing with the same people game-over-game leads to an incredibly predictable game. For instance, about a quarter of the cards happen to be “favorites” of various people, like Sarah loves puppies, so if I get a “puppies” card, I save it until Sarah’s judge, and I play it, and I always win, regardless of the category. “cute”? Puppies! “evil”? Puppies! “Enormous”? Puppies! Win, win, win. This works to your advantage sometimes, but most of the time it’s just frustrating, because you had a really “good” card (either funny or accurate, whatever your judge calls good 🙂 ), but you lose to a favorite.

* Playing with people you don’t know can lead to…bad situations. As other posters have said, you get some bad-taste jokes in Apples to Apples. Category: Hilarious. Cards played: Comedian, Toilet Paper, The Holocaust. The judge burst out laughing and immediately chose The Holocaust. The person who played Comedian (who I had just met) threw a fit, (“I don’t see what’s so funny about that!”) and to this day, she dislikes me.

So, as far as getting my money’s worth? I’ve had more great hours of fun out of Apples to Apples dollar-for-dollar than any other board game I’ve ever purchased. But if you ask me to play it tonight, I’ll groan. 🙂

Advice: If you’re in a group of friends or family who hasn’t already played Apples to Apples a ton, get it. (Or get Sour Apples to Apples.) — if half your friends have played a lot, skip it. And don’t play it during a first date. 😛

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60 of 67 gamers found this helpful | Medals x 1
“Great ntro game for new players and good game for avid gamers”

I usually do not review games that have a lot of reviews but this game is near and dear to my heart.

Prior to my reawakening to board games about 5 years ago my daughter pulled out this game as something we could play with the grandchildren rather than playing a card game we often played.

The grandchildren loved it and my wife and I learned the game in about 5 minutes. This was one of the most fun afternoons we spent playing games. Later that week when remembering the fun I had playing Apples to Apples I started looking around at board games online and in stores.

This led to me becoming an avid gamer again. This was something I did as a child and when we were first married and then again when our children were small. It got put on the back burner when the children went off to collage.

To review the game I love it as you can see and it gets played often when we are not playing one of the new games I buy with the sole purpose of playing them with the grandchildren. I have not bought a copy not sure why maybe because I can play it with the grandchildren since they have a copy.

I will not cover the rules or game play since may other have done that. I apologize if you do not this this is appropriate in the review section but it is something I wanted to share with the other members of my online game research group(this website).

No matter what age or gamer type this is a game that everyone can enjoy. Writing this may have inspired me to get my own copy to play with fellow senior gamers.

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59 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“Fun For the Whole Family, Though Maybe Not Your Gaming Group”

Apples to Apples is one of those games that somehow became divisive – most people seem to either like it or hate it. A little side game you can play is to mention the game just to see people’s reactions.

“What a dull game.”

“It’s fun with the right group.”

“Pure popularity contest.”

“We were laughing and laughing the last time we played.”


After having played it myself a number of times I’d have to say they’re right, all of them.

Apples to Apples is a great game for folks who don’t usually game (think: family gathering that includes your parents or grand parents). People who think the idea of trying to find any reason whatsoever to associate a word on a green card with any of the red cards the players tossed in. These groups tend to be more silly and freewheeling with those associations, so things like George Washington and Wrestling might get put together because the Cherry Tree Chop is a great wrestling move.

But at the same time, Apples to Apples is usually a terrible game for people who do game (think: friendly gathering in the biggest open room of the house with a game that’s rules could never fit on the inside of the box lid). Folks who want to try and figure out the best strategy or want to see how much they can push their luck. These folks usually hate the rule where the last person to put in their red card from their hand doesn’t get to play that round. They also got a grudge against the dude who picked Wrestling because they had President of the United States in there to go with ol’ George. They’re gonna try hard not to pick that dude’s card next round, so it’s a good thing cards are played face down and then mixed up before the person playing the green card makes their choice.

Overall I’m glad I own the game. I’m also glad I’ve got a bunch of other choices too. Apples to Apples is fun, but the trite bit about needing the right groups is 100% true. It’s laid back game design meant for a laid back group who wants to be a little silly. Funnily enough, the chance of being excluded for a hand because you didn’t put in a card fast enough is a great timer to keep things silly. People will make quick decisions and sometimes they’ll come up with great answers purely by accident – definitely a bonus for a party game atmosphere.

The high points:
Decent Replay Value Because There’s a Ton of Cards
Fun, Especially With a Non-Gamer Crowd, But There’s Still Gamers Who Enjoy the Game
Lets You Be Silly and Still Have a Chance to Win
Somewhat Psychological, Because You Have to Figure Out What Kind of Answer the Person is Most Likely to Pick

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59 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“Don't let the rotten reviews fool you”

There seems to be a bit of a backlash toward Apples to Apples in the recent years, which might be related to how popular it has become. Though originally released over a decade ago, Apples to Apples has crossed over into mainstream success within the last few years. People who otherwise can’t name a game made in the last 20 (or 40) years somehow know of Apples to Apples, or at least “that apples game”.

The game contains a ton of cards. Well, almost.

There are 749 red apple cards, each of which feature a noun (a person, place, thing, or event), and 249 green apple cards, each of which features an adjective. There are also 10 blank cards included in the game, for you to fill in your own words, but they’re not necessary.

To begin the game, each player receives a hand of seven red apple cards. One player will start as the judge, and flips over a card from the green pile, to display an adjective.

Each non-judge player will then look through their hand and find a card that they think best matches the green adjective card in play. After everyone submits a card face-down, the judge gathers them up and chooses whichever one he or she thinks is the best match. The player who submitted that card receives one point, and the round is over.

For the next round, the person to the left of the judge becomes the new judge, and play continues in a similar fashion until a single player has reached a certain number of points.

What makes the game fun is when nobody takes it seriously. For example, if I were the judge, and the green card I flip over says “Delightful” people playing the game too strictly might submit cards such as “Being in Love”, “Grace Kelly” or “Poodles”. People who are playing the game just for laughs might instead submit cards such as “Bankruptcy”, “Challenger Explosion”, or “Meatloaf”. Of course, whether you find the game funny or not will often depend on the humor of those you are playing it with. The absurdity of some of the combinations of red and green cards is usually good for a few laughs.

Is this the greatest game ever made? No, of course not, and I don’t think it aspires to be. But as a party game, it’s a lot of fun, and hard to beat.

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59 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“A laugh fest for every collection”

Apples to Apples is one of the simplest games to teach that provides almost endless entertainment value.

The game supports as many players as you want. Each turn, one player draws a green card from the stack which contains an adjective. Let’s say the adjective is Bossy.

Then, every other player plays one red card from their hand. Red cards contain nouns and pronouns, so everything from Circus to Humphrey Bogart. The player who drew the green card shuffles all the red cards and picks the one he or she thinks best fits the adjective.

The player whose card is chosen receives the green card, i.e. one point.

Laughter ensues.

The combination of green cards and red cards multiplied by the people playing means no two games are the same. It also changes the strategy. Some people are quite literal and want serious answers (my father). Some want the most random, bizarre answer (my girlfriend, who is guaranteed to pick “creamed corn.” Some players lack imagination, others have too much, and as a result you must learn to play the cards to the player who is picking.

I love this game. I’ve played it with countless people in so many social situations. I’ve never met someone who didn’t have fun playing it. If you host family gatherings or have friends over for dinner, you must have Apples to Apples. And once people get a feel for it, give Dixit a spin.

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59 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“A fun social game that gets better as the evening goes on . . . ”

I have been playing Apples to Apples with my wife and various people for many years now. I have noticed that every player plays different. After awhile you can start to read the player and play to them.

Types of Players

The literal: They will play their cards as literally as possible arguing that that is the heart of the game.

The Ironical: They will play the most outlandish combinations hoping for a laugh that will lead to the point. (ie Cuddly Cactus)

The Dark Humorist: Always a bit of a chuckle as they play their card.

There are more types but you get the gist. I love playing with a mix of players, it keeps things going and can be down right hilarious.

The game itself is simple. Match the noun to the adjective that best (or worse) suits the other. If you have younger kids to high school age it’s best to pick up the junior version as they will get more of the references.

The components are equivalent to your usual deck of cards. A little flimsy and if you get a rougher player they can get bent up. You also get two trays to keep the cards separate and easy to draw from.

This game is great for the casual and social gamer group. Take it to a party where everyone is sitting enjoying their favorite beverage and have some fun.

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58 of 65 gamers found this helpful
“This is our go to game!”

We often have people over to hang out and play games, and invariably we play Apples to Apples. We’ll describe it to new players and they’ll say “That sounds stupid,” but once they’ve played a few hands they’re always hooked.

Game play is simple: The players take turns judging green cards. Each player also has a personal hand of red cards cards. Whoever is judging for the round draws a green card, says the word out loud (an adjective), and lays it down. Each other player then throws one of their red cards (nouns) face down. After each player has thrown a card the judge shuffles the cards (so as to avoid bias), and chooses which one they think best matches the green card played. First player to earn 5 green cards wins.

The game shines when you have a good group of people sitting around playing. The table talk and social interaction makes it a perfect party game. We have a house rule that the judge should count down the cards played from worst to least worst (because sometimes ALL the cards played are horrible), and ridicules the choices,

The other aspect of Apples to Apples to remember is that you are ALWAYS trying to play to the judge as the game is entirely subjective. Knowing the people you are playing with and what their trump cards are will go a long way to winning.

We have shelves and cabinets full of games in our household, but if you had to ask me which one I get the most out of, I’d have to answer Apples to Apples.

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59 of 67 gamers found this helpful
“Points for its influence in boardgaming, but I never need to play it again”

I don’t know whether this was actually the game that invented the now popular game mechanic of having a leader vote for their favorite of all other player’s submitted entries. But it is certainly one of the most popular and well known games of this type, and for that, I give it a little bit of credit.

That said, this might be my least favorite of all the party games that I’ve ever played. The game system does not promote conversation like good party games should, since it’s usually in the players’ best interest not to show a rooting interest for or against any particular card. And the game works horribly with lots of players, because with so many choices available for the leader to choose, you end up spending most of the game miserable that your perfectly chosen cards are not picked.

Since these two elements (amusing conversation and the ability to handle large groups) are the cornerstones of most great party games, if you are missing them, you end up with nothing left to make this any sort of worthwhile game to play in a party-type atmosphere.

The best I can say is that in the absence of any other option, it can be better than doing nothing. There is still occasionally some amusement to be had. But if the situation ever arises for this game to be considered, give me pretty much any other game instead.

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58 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“A hilarious, fun party game”

In Apples to Apples, you have a hand of nouns, and you’ll take turns being the judge. The judge flips over a green card which is an adjective. Every other player tosses in a card that they think is best described by that adjective. The judge then chooses which red card is the winner, and that player gets to keep the green card. Based on the number of players, the first player to obtain the required number of green cards wins!

There are so many cards that this game has significant replay value
You can take many approaches to the game, picking cards that closely match the card, cards that are the most funny the most opposite of the card, the options are endless

There are times when you don’t have any cards to match the current adjective
Some players will resent certain ways of playing. For instance, I like to take a comedic approach to the game and pick the funniest cards, but some people think you should always do the most appropriately matching card.

The cards in this game are good quality, but pretty simple, no unique pictures or anything. Each card even comes with suggestions or descriptions if you’re stuck or aren’t familiar with what is on the card. There is a wide variety of nouns and adjectives, so all ages can play the game.

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58 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“A fun game for large group of party gamers”

Apples to Apples provides a fun way to socialize, start friendly arguments, and just banter with your family and casual gaming friends.

Each turn, one player acts as judge and puts down an adjective card (like “Disgusting”). Every other player then picks one card from their hand of noun cards that they think best fits the adjective and turns it in to the judge. The judge looks over the cards, picks the one that they think best fits (Hmm…what’s more disgusting, a rat, an atomb bomb, or a high school bathroom?). Whoever’s card they pick, that player scores a point and the next player to the left becomes the judge with a new adjective card.

It’s simple, but it’s fun and easy to teach new people how to play. It also doesn’t mess up the game if someone wants to leave after the game starts or jump in mid game.

However, to enjoy this game you MUST allow discussion. I have seen players play the game where the judge looks over the cards, silently chooses a card, and announces the results. You have officially defeated fun if you play this way. If you don’t have your second cousin trying to justify to the judge that Hitler really was “Inspirational” because he inspired a whole country to do horrible things, you just aren’t playing right.

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58 of 67 gamers found this helpful
“What more can you say?”

This is perhaps the simplest game on the face of the planet. It fast and fun, and anyone can learn it. each player takes a turn drawing a green apple card which had word on it such a desirable. Then each other player takes a turn secretly playing a red apple card that has person, place, event, or concept written on it with a brief description. Once each player has played their red apple card, the person who played the green apple card reviews them all and decides which one best meets their understanding of the word on their card.

It’s a very silly and entertaining party game for all ages. If you’ve purchased the apple crate edition, you’ll get a nice wooden storage container as well as a few blank cards to make your own with. This should be in everyone’s collection!

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58 of 67 gamers found this helpful
“Great party game, but I like the Sour Version better...”

Apples to Apples is a great game for introducing lighter gamers into a game night group. The rules are not overly complicated, everyone has a hand of red cards, and each turn they play one of these cards that they feel the “currently judging” player will choose best fits the Green card that has been revealed from the deck for the turn. With the number of available cards being in the thousands now (including expansions), games of Apples to Apples often ignore the scoring mechanic and simply play on until everyone gets bored of making as silly of a comparison with the Green cards as they can.

That being said, there is one expansion that takes the gameplay further, and in some ways surpasses the original game design in quality: It is known as Sour Apples to Apples (I believe it originally was a Target exclusive), and while the Penalty Apple that came with it is kind of gimmicky (it penalizes the player who played the card that the Judge selects as the worst comparison), the cards that within it are redesigned. Rather than having separate red/green card decks and being stuck with the top green card each turn, the cards in this expansion are printed with both a green and a red play on each. This mechanic allows the Judge to select from their hand the Green card of their choice for the turn, as they are now played in a similar fashion to red cards!

Unfortunately, the cards in that expansion are limited, and they never updated the other expansions/original game to follow this design. The game itself is still solid and a great introductory party game, but after being around for so many years now and presenting various spin-offs with limited redesigns (Apples to Apples dice, Apples to Apples: The Big Picture, etc.) I believe that some of those redesigns would improve upon the lasting quality of this game.

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57 of 66 gamers found this helpful
“Your mileage may vary with this Apple cart...”

Apples to Apples has the potential to be a very very funny experience, or one of the most boring experiences you’ve had around the table since mom’s leftover cornbeef hash…

Apples to Apples with the right group of people opens itself up to being lots of laughs, and an exercise in diplomacy and persuasion. Also, knowing your group makes the blank cards become the real star of the show. You can customize the game to feature in-jokes, family history or current local events.

With the wrong crowd, it becomes a game that you play for about 6 minutes and then everyone says “lets just play Settlers” (or Settlements if you’re my mom).

So go into the game with an open mind, and maybe an open beer and have a few light-hearted laughs. If you’ve got kids playing, maybe leave the beer in the fridge and open yourself up to the silly things they think are funny. 🙂

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57 of 67 gamers found this helpful
“Get to know people: Through Gaming”

I can agree with what some of the reviews here are saying. There is something that Apples to Apples shines at. That things is through playing it, (even if you lose) you get to know about how the other people playing think. You also get to learn things about people that you would not have guessed or thought that they liked.

I remember once, playing this game with a few people that I did not know. One of the other guys that was playing struck me as someone that I would not like. Someone that liked music which I did not appreciate. Someone that had no interesting hobbies. I learned throughout a couple plays of the game that he and some of the other people I was playing with were into some very intersting things. After the game we had lots of great conversation topics.

This game has its place. It isn’t really that much of a game, so I wouldn’t call it a gateway game. However, it is a great thing to do to get to know people. If you want to get people into gaming, try Ticket to Ride or something else that is actually more of a game.

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44 of 52 gamers found this helpful
“For the Party!”

Recently I got the chance to get Apples to Apples out onto the table. I have had a copy for a while after picking it up for a games party that got cancelled; and there is the nub of the issue. Like most of the people that I play boardgames with, I like to have some complexity to a game and I like to have some theme to a game. So it rare that we decide to bring out a party game and I have so few in number that I can count the party games in my collection. For your information, I own copies of Cineplexity, Gambit-7 (the Anglicised version of Wits & Wagers), Who Would Win?, and now, Apples to Apples. Originally published by Out of the Box in 1999, but now published by Mattel –and hey, who would have thought I would be buying a Mattel game at my age? – this game of “hilarious comparisons” has sold millions of copies, been translated into numerous languages and different versions, and proven to be very popular.

Designed for four to ten players, aged twelve and up, Apples to Apples comes in a neat square box that contains a single, double-sided rules sheet, and some eight hundred and forty-six cards. The cards are divided into two coloured types. The first are the six hundred and forty-eight Red Apple Cards and the second, two hundred and sixteen Green Apple Cards. The Red Apple Cards are “noun” cards that represent events, organisations, personal aspects, people, places, times, and things. For example, the “Rock Concert,” “Greenpeace,” “My Street,” “King Arthur,” “Blackpool,” “The 1970s,” and “Leeks.” The Green Apple Cards represent characteristics or descriptive attributes that can be applied to the “noun” or Red Apple Cards, such as “Annoying,” “English,” or “Philosophical.” Each version of Apples to Apples is usually tailored along a theme or a particular culture and language. As can be seen from the list of cards so far, my version of the game is the British Apples to Apples.

Apart from an appropriately coloured apple, there are no illustrations on the cards, but is there some supplementary information. Sometimes this can be silly, such “How many Essex Girls does it take to get an Essex Girl joke…?” on the Essex Girls Red Apple Card, but sometimes this is educational. For example, “From the French caboche, meaning “big head.”” on the Cabbage Red Apple Card. On the Green Apple Card the supplementary information that expands upon the descriptive attribute with three synonyms, such as “frantic, headlong, and reckless” for the “Desperate” Green Apple Card.

The aim of the game is to win a certain number of Green Apple Cards, the number depending upon the number of players – more players lowers the required number. A Green Apple Card is won by getting the current Judge to select the Red Apple Card that you played as being the best match or comparison with the current Green Apple Card.

The game starts with every player receiving a hand of seven Red Apple Cards and one person being chosen to be the Judge. The Judge draws one Green Apple Card and reads it aloud before placing face up on the table where everyone can see it. The other players each choose a Red Apple Card from their hands which they think will best match the descriptive attribute of the Green Apple Card on the table. These cards are placed face down on the table and once everyone has played a card, the Judge picks them up and examines them. He then reads aloud the Red Apple Cards played and decides which one of them is best described by the Green Apple Card he drew. The player of the chosen Red Apple Card wins that round and is awarded the Green Apple Card towards his score. All of the Red Apple Cards are discarded and the next player takes the role of Judge, dealing new Red Apple Cards to bring everyone’s hand back up to seven and then drawing a new Green Apple Card.

So for example, Anthony is the Judge and draws the “Innocent” Green Apple Card. From their hands, Dave, Jeremy, Matt, and Michele play the “Climate Change,” “Elephants,” “Michael Jackson,” and “The Ocean” Red Apple Cards. Anthony chooses “Elephants” as the Red Apple Card that compares best with the “Innocent” Green Apple Card and Michele, who played that card receives the “Innocent” Green Apple Card to add to her score.The Judge is free to select the Red Apple Card of his choice, and can justify it however he wants. Nor does his choice have to be logical or agree with any of the opinion of the other players though they are free to persuade him as to which Red Apple Card to choose. Anthony chose “Elephants” because he believes them to be innocent, but he could have selected “Michael Jackson” because in his opinion, the popstar’s fans believe him to be innocent.

One accepted tactic is called “Playing to the Judge” in which a player puts down the Red Apple Card from hand that he thinks the Judge all but regardless of how relevant the Red Apple Card is. So in the above example, Michele could have played the “Michael Jackson” Red Apple Card because she knows that Anthony is a fan of his music.

Besides the basic play of the game, Apples to Apples includes several other options such as Judging Red Apple Cards that are the opposite to, or least like the Green Apple Card played; having to play a Red Apple Card before the Green Apple Card is played; and even having to play a Red Apple Card that is most like two Green Apple Cards, these being drawn at the beginning of the round as normal. That said, given the number of cards in the box as a whole, getting through those using the standard rules before wanting to move on these variants.

Ultimately, the fun of playing a party game like Apples to Apples comes from the players themselves and their reactions to the card combinations. This also means that because the players have to bring much of themselves to the game, they have to be in the right mood to play Apples to Apples. Whilst it is too light to be a gamer’s game, it can nevertheless be fun and provide a diversion from weightier titles, and even though it is over ten years old, it is a good party game.

What it means for me is that I have another party game in my arsenal for when I need something light and undemanding that non-gamers can and are prepared to play. Of the party games that I own, I prefer Gambit-7 and Who Would Win? over Apples to Apples as there is often more of a challenge to playing either. So Apples to Apples is fun. It might not be the best party game available, but it is a venerable design and if you had to have one party game in collection that everyone could play, Apples to Apples would be a good choice.

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58 of 71 gamers found this helpful
“Best with Close Friends, Awkward with Family”

My family bought this game a few years ago, after my sister and I played multiple round at school (myself in college, she in middle school). We both had exceptional game experiences with our respective social groups, however, the game wasn’t quite as fun when we got the family together to play. For me, the game relies heavily on “inside jokes” and doesn’t play well across different generations. Fun game though.

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“Popularity contest”

I don’t particularly care for this game because ultimately it ends up being a game of influence. Basically you try and influence the voter into either picking your card or thinking they aren’t picking your card.

If you play the game with annoying couples who always vote for their sweetheart’s card so they don’t hear it on the way home the game gets lame quick. It looks a little something like this… Voter plays “Caped Crusader” and you think you have it in the bag because you play “Batman” only to lose to “Oranges” because the voter’s wife had nothing good in her hand and campaigns hard for her card with something lame like “orange you glad I didn’t say banana?” Then the voter goes, “Wow that was so funny and random I just love it. Whomever put ‘Oranges’ down I’m going to have to give it to you!!” Face palm.

If you play with the right group of people and maybe add some house rules the game could be fun, once in a long while.

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“Great game...until you buy Sour Apples to Apples”

Let my start by saying that I do love this game, it is probably one of the best party games ever thought up.

It’s definitely replayable over and over and it’s fun as long as you have awesome friends. It takes 2 seconds to teach the game, and even non-gamers like it enough to play and have fun. I’ve also had successful games of this with as many as 15 people, so player limits are (almost) non-existant.

The main issue with this game is that the company release “Sour Apples to Apples” recently, which is every bit as awesome as this game, but added some really awesome elements that kind of make this one obsolete, in a manner of speaking.

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57 of 76 gamers found this helpful
“Great party game”

“Apples to apples” is a really fun little game to play with your family or friends. One of the best things about it is that it can be played by many people at once, which makes it a great party game.
The rules are very simple, you can start playing almost right after unpacking the game.
It has better replay value than many other socialising/party games. However, it’s not good if you’re looking for a complex, strategy game, or a game that is to be played seriously all the time. It’s just an innocent, funny way to spend some time with people you like.


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