Cards Against Humanity is billed as the party game for horrible people. This adult-themed (ages 17 & up) variation on the Apples to Apples format is one of the most hilarious things to do with your friends out there. It launched in 2011 and I’ve been playing it ever since.
It’s great to play with a close group of friends, but also works as an ice breaker for awkward parties when you have nothing to talk about. Get ready to see a naughtier side of your friends, coworkers or even family (maybe don’t play with Grandma). Here're 4 reasons why you should buy Cards Against Humanity:
1. The combinations are endless.
How do you play Cards Against Humanity? Well, the game comes with white cards and black cards. Players are dealt and hand of white cards and take turns as the “Card Czar” by selecting a black card. Each of the other players then places a white card face down that they feel best matches the black card, and the Card Czar selects their favorite. The player who submitted that card wins a point for that round.
With 460 white cards and 90 black cards in the box, there are 41,400 potential pairings that could come up during the game. In other words, a lot! The cards range from clever to downright dirty, but all are hilarious when played correctly.
2. You can expand the game so it never gets repetitive.
Not enough variety for you? Feel like the same cards are coming up? Time to invest in an expansion pack. In addition to the six general expansion packs, the creators of Cards Against Humanity have put out several themed expansions like:
And there's more, check out all available expansions on Amazon.
3. Games can be any length, with any number of players.
A great thing about Cards Against Humanity is that you can play it all night long or just play a few rounds in a matter of minutes. It’s all up to you! I’ve always found it to be the perfect way to wait for delivery food to arrive, just be prepared to get upset when you have to stop early.
And even though Cards Against Humanity recommends a minimum of 4 players, my friends and I came up with a hack to play with as few as two players. Here’s how: on every turn, throw in two white cards instead of one, and also put two in from the deck. These extra two cards represent a “computer” player and bring the total cards for the Card Czar to choose from each turn up to four. You’d be surprised at how often the computer wins the round!
4. It's only as crude as you make it!
There’s one question I often hear about the game: “Is Cards Against Humanity is too crude for my sense of humor?” Although some cards might be, there’s a huge variety of options ranging from practically safe for work all the way to downright despicable. The best part about the game is your group’s sense of humor will set the level of crudeness.
Some of your friends will find the naughtier cards funnier, while others will value the lighter ones when choosing their winners. This balances out the game and keeps things funny for your group, hopefully without offending you too much. And if you’re really offended by certain cards, you can always take them out of the deck before playing!
If you’re looking for a hilarious, new social game to play with your friends, Cards Against Humanity is the way to go. It also makes the perfect gift for your naughtier friend or relative this year.
You can buy Cards Against Humanity today on Amazon.
For more board game reviews and recommendations, check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.