Cards Against Humanity Review
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:10
Whether at an actual party or just gathering with a close group of friends, college students are always looking for a party game. Cards Against Humanity is a card game that’s off the beaten path, but perfect for a night of entertainment.
The setup is quite simple, and will be familiar to anyone who has played Apples to Apples. There is a central black card that features a fill-in-the-blank scenario. Each player has a handful of white cards with people, places, ideas or phrases that can satisfy the blank. After choosing a card, the “card czar” reads off all the answers and chooses their favorite, awarding a point to the owner of that card.
While uncomplicated in design, the pure enjoyment of the game comes from the cards available for play. Black cards can range anywhere from, “What helps Obama unwind?” to, “Make a haiku.” The white cards—which are often hilarious even without context—include things like “Goblins,” “Swag” and “Shaquille O’Neal’s Acting Career.”
If you are sensitive to profanity or other inappropriate terms, though, beware. This game is aimed at a specific crowd; Cards Against Humanity’s tagline “A party game for horrible people” is quite accurate. The example cards listed are easily some of the most innocent in the box.
With that being said, having the right crowd to play with is undeniable fun. After playing a few games with close friends, I left with an aching mouth from the night’s laughter. A few unfunny hands may be played every now and again, but the amount of pure comedic gold vastly outweighs any of those that may pop up. As one friend put it, “This is everything Apples to Apples should have been.”
You can also print off and design your own black and white cards when the game becomes stale from being overplayed. Or, many unique and brilliant house rules are suggested to increase variety. My personal favorite is “Rando Cardrissian,” where a random white card from the deck is thrown in with other players’ answers. When an inanimate object creates funny matches as often as an actual player, you know the designers did something right.
If you’re even the slightest bit interested, check out cardsagainsthumanity.com. It gives a brief explanation of the game and also features a card generator to offer a look at potential card matches. Not only this, but the entire game is offered in PDF format (for free) if you are ambitious enough to print all the cards. At the very least, you can check to see if the game is within your sense of humor.
Unfortunately, Cards Against Humanity is not available at local stores. It can be found on their website and at online retailers, and has expansion packs to add icing on the cake. The designers of Cards Against Humanity have earned every single cent you may throw their way although the entire base game is available to download online.