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During the festive season, my husband and I will often go and stay with my family for a few days and as a result we generally go through a good deal of riotous games. During the summer I spotted this game in a local charity shop and, knowing how much my family loves any sort of new game, I purchased it to play later on in the year. My family are typically fans of card related games and therefore I thought the subject of this particular game looked to be both fun and controversial.
This game is called Apples to Apples and that is quite a memorable name in my opinion and makes it easy to recall from our now rather vast game collection. The game is presented in a large cardboard box which is predominantly bright red in colour with one of the title "Apples" being red in colour and the other green, a good indicator of the game itself. Once the lid is pulled away from the box the cards sit nestled inside a vacuum sealed square of plastic. The majority of the cards are 'red apples' whilst the section in the middle contains a large pile of 'green apple' cards. There are over 1000 cards in my game and this means that this game suits a large number of people and can in fact be played with between 4 and 10 players.
It is always handy in my opinion to read the instruction leaflet before playing a new game just to be comfortable with the rules for the game. Unlike other games which come with a brightly coloured board with which to move your pieces around, this game is entirely card based and therefore it did confuse me when I first opened the box as I had been expecting a board on which to gage where each player was in the game.
Essentially this game is based on word association and this is subjective to whoever is holding the green card in their hand. Each player is dealt seven red cards and the group take it in turns to individually take a green card from the centre of the box and read it out to the group. Each green card has on it an adjective together with a brief description of what the word means whilst each red card has written on it a random word which can be anything from the name of a city or sport to an animal or thing. It is the job of the green card holder to determine which red card word they feel best defines the green card adjective.
~How to Play~
It is always easiest to describe a game from experience in my opinion and this one is no different. For example, when we played this game at Christmas the first green card word that was selected was 'scary'. The player read out the word and the description and it was then left to the rest of the players to choose a red card from their seven cards which they thought most defined the word 'scary'. Between the seven of us playing, quite a variety of red cards were chosen and these ranged from 'paying taxes' and 'dandruff' to 'a bikini'. The player holding the green card was tasked with collating all the red cards and reading them out one by one whilst choosing their favourites from the options given and finally awarding the green apple card to the person who had given their favourite definition. All red cards are anonymous and therefore the green card holder selects a definition which they feel is most apt in their opinion although inevitably there is a good deal of discussion as each player tries to promote their definition of the word without giving away that it is their card. In the first round the red 'dandruff' card was chosen and as a result the player who had laid this card was awarded the green apple card. After each round the players pick up a new red card to add to their collection ensuring that they always have seven red cards in their fist.
It is up to the group how the game will be played as the instructions do give two examples of how to play this game. Firstly they state that it can be played as the word most like that given on the green card or alternatively it can be played as to the most controversial or absurd definition. Unsurprisingly, my family often go for the most controversial word to make the game amusing and this can be frustrating depending on the red cards that you have been dealt.
In my opinion, this game is well suited to a large group of people and certainly makes for a loud and interactive game which ensures that all the players feel included. It is interesting to see how peoples minds work and it is always amusing to read out the answers and guess which red card the green card holder will choose. As there are over a 1000 cards in the box you could go on playing this game for hours however, in a group we generally do a couple of rounds around the group of players before we count up the person who has the most green cards and award them the winner.
My criticisms of this game are based on how subjective the cards are and how random the winner of the green card can be thus making this game not entirely logical to win. Indeed in my opinion it is a game based entirely on opinion and does not require a lot of skill. When I first played this game over Christmas I was awarded a hand of seven red cards the contents of which were all entirely serious and many of which I struggled to match up with the green card. As a result I found that I did not win a single green apple card as the majority of other players selected silly words which were far more funny than my logical thinking and as a result I found this game a bit frustrating to play.
~Price and Availability~
I do think that games are quite expensive to buy and this game is no exception as it currently costs £29.95 on Amazon which is not a small price tag. That being said, it is the kind of game which will come out every year and will remain neatly stored in between uses in its hard box shell and therefore it is a good investment although I was pleased that I picked mine up from a charity shop and paid just over £5 for it.
~Summary and Recommendation~
Overall, I think this is an interesting and slightly different game to the standard 'Pictionary' and 'Monopoly' that we so often play at Christmas. It is good at getting groups of people talking and having a laugh and it is fun guessing which red card will be chosen. My only criticism of this game, and perhaps this is down to my love of winning, is how subjective this game is and how random the green cards awarded can be. However, I would still recommend this game particularly as an ice breaker for a large group of people and as a result it scores a good four stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
"The Game of Hilarious Comparisons! The wild, award-winning card and party game that provides instant fun for four to ten players! It's as easy as ""comparing apples to apples""... just open the box, deal the cards, and you're ready to play! Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. And everyone gets a chance to be the judge! Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events. Fast moving and refreshing, APPLES to APPLES is perfect for any get together with family and friends! The game comes complete with over 800 cards."