Pandering 101: A Review of Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

  • Age: 17+
  • Play Time: 30-90 Mins
  • Number of Players: 4 – 20+
  • Price Point:$25.99

Overview

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for adults where players try to win the favor of the current “Card Czar” by playing a white card that answers the question or completes the statement posed by a black card. The outcome is usually sidesplitting hilarity.

Positives:

  • Great game for a group of 4 or more players. Generally the more players the better.
  • Little to no downtime.
  • The game is extremely simple to pick up and play.
  • There is a large variety of cards, both white and black, so the game is very replayable.

Negatives

  • You will need at least four people to play this title. Any less and the game becomes a little boring.
  • This is not a game for youngsters.

Gameplay

Draw your hand. Select first Card Czar, the player that judges the answers that the other players use. The official rules state that the first Card Czar is the player who pooped last. The Card Czar plays a black card, that contains a question or statement that the other players must answer or complete by playing a white card from their hand. The winner of the round is the player who plays the card that the Card Czar finds funniest, and is awarded the black card to keep. Whoever has the most points, as determined by how many black cards they have been awarded, wins the game.

Analysis

Cards Against Humanity is a purely subjective game. There are no units or resources, other than your own judgment, that you can use to help you win the game. Your knowledge of the current Card Czar is the only thing that can give you an edge while playing. This game is very much a social interaction game that requires you to select the best answer for your audience rather than the best answer for you.

My Verdict

Cards Against Humanity is a fast-paced, fun-filled game of inappropriate humor. And that is the important part, Inappropriate. This is not a game that is appropriate for more formal events. And it is most certainly not appropriate for children. The language is crude and some of the cards can be offensive. However, if you are coming into this game thinking it isn’t crude and offensive, you probably didn’t bother to read the title. Offensive is pretty much the point of this game. If you prefer your fun more family friendly I would suggest Apples to Apples by Mattel, which plays similarly, and is much more age-appropriate for children. If, on the other hand, you like your party games slightly, and in some cases more than slightly, crude and offensive then this is a great game. Especially since it has several expansions, both official and unofficial, to spice it up further. Cards Against Humanity is a big game in a small box. If this is your type of game, it is worth every penny. Finally, if you would like to try it before you buy it, there is a Print and Play version of the complete base game here.

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