Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Hilarious Comparisons (Family Edition)

Hilarious fun for four to ten players, Apples to Apples® is great for game nights with family and friends!

This award-winning party game contains over 1,000 cards for hours of entertaining play! Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things, and events. For ages 12+.

Apples to Apples is an award-winning party game that will have everyone laughing. We had a blast playing this game and think it is a perfect game for a “board game night” with friends and family. It is quick to set up, easy to learn, challenging, and a whole lot of fun.

Apples to Apples Party BoxUnexpected and funny comparisons make the game fun to come back to again and again. View larger.

Smart, Award-Winning Fun

Apples to Apples has won numerous awards including “Party Game of the Year” by Games magazine and “Mensa Select” by Mensa International. And for good reason: it involves quick thinking, humor, and strategy. For teens, the game teaches them to think about how different things can be compared to one another and how analogies are formed. One of our criticisms is that although the game states that it is designed for ages 12 and older, many of the subjects are clearly for older teens.

Hilarious Comparisons and Analogies

The name of the game is a play on the phrase “apples to oranges,” and the game is about making comparisons between different things. General game play is as follows: players are dealt red cards which have a noun printed on them, and the judge (a different player in each turn) draws a green card on which an adjective is printed and places it for all players to see. Each player then chooses a red card they are holding that they think best describes the green card. The judge then decides which adjective she likes best.

The fun is in the variety of unexpected comparisons people make, sometimes apt, funny, creative, or simply absurd. For example: people might match “Awkward” with “Oil Spills,” “My First Kiss,” “Dandruff,” and “Gold Chains. ” Or: “Painful” with “High School Reunions” and “Regis Philben. ” Strategy comes into play since, because each player takes turns being the judge, you begin to pick up on the preferences of each player and tailor your choices accordingly.

Apples to Apples Party BoxThe party box includes over a thousand cards for many card combinations.
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Players can also try variations on the basic game play. For example, instead of choosing the most apt comparison, players might try choosing the red card that is least like the green one. These variations keep the game fresh and interesting every time.

Conversation Kick Starter

Part of the fun is in standing up for your choices. For instance, you might discuss why you think “Regis Philben” is painful, or segue into a discussion of the embarrassing situations you got into on your first day of school, or your first kiss. Apples to Apples excels as an ice breaker and promotes a good amount of social interaction, as many conversations will be kick started thanks to these little cards.

More Players, More Fun

Although the box states that the game is playable with just four players, we found that the game is a lot more fun when there are at least five or six players. This increases both the frequency of funny answers and also requires players to refine their strategy a little more. Once we got going, hours passed, and it was only the lateness of the hour that reminded some of us that we had to go home.

This Party Box set comes with more than 1,000 cards total, and will entertain for a long time. Additional expansion sets are available to further increase the variety of word combinations.

What’s in the Box

756 Red Apple Cards, 252 Green Apple Cards, card tray, quick play rules.

Apples to Apples

At a Glance:

Experience award-winning fun with family and friendsQuick setup and easy to learnInspires creativity and fast thinkingHumorous gameplay keeps players entertained for hoursParty box includes over a thousand cards

Age/Weight Requirements:

12 years and up

Assembly Requirements:

At least four players

2 thoughts on “Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Hilarious Comparisons (Family Edition)

  1. Daniel L Edelen says:

    A superior party game that always amuses Trying to find a game that a large number of people can play, one that can be a great equalizer of abilities, yet is always fun? Go no further than Apples to Apples.We purchased this game a year ago and it has been so well-received by the people we play it with that now many of those same people own it themselves. What higher praise can you give to a game that you play it and then want to own it yourself?The play of Apples to Apples could not be easier. It contains nothing more than two sets of cards. Each green card has an adjective or description on it (like “Awful,” “Scary,” or “Scintillating”)while red cards have nouns (like “Waterfalls,” “The CIA,” “George Washington,” or “Mad Cow Disease.”) Each person gets a set of red cards and each will be a judge in turn for the winning answer. The judge turns over a green card and players must play a red card from their hand that they believe will line up with the word on the green card or will appeal to that round’s…

  2. J. Dueck says:

    Fun family and friends game This is a great game, easily learned and played by younger players. Since it’s hard to know what a game is like without knowing how to play it, im going to try to explain it too you.Its simple: each player has seven RED cards with names of people, places or things on them. A GREEN card is randomly picked from a pile and set on the table: each GREEN CARD has a characteristic of an object or person, such as “Graceful” “Wild” “Neat” “Ancient”, to name a few. Each person has to pick the RED card (out of their seven cards) that best matches with the GREEN card on the table, like the “pushups” red card would fit well with the “exhausting” green card, etc. Once everyone has placed one red card in the middle with the green card, a judge (assigned at the beginning of each round, so you take turns) picks the card that they think matches best, and the person that had that card gets a point. What makes this game fun is, like a previous reviewer said, is that there are no wrong answers,…

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