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Apples to Apples Party Box - The Game of Hilarious Comparisons
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Product Description

Apples to Apples is the game of hilarious comparisons! 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. Includes over 1,000 cards.

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.

The party box includes over a thousand cards for many card combinations. View larger.

Unexpected and funny comparisons make the game fun to come back to again and again. View larger.
What We Think

Fun Factor:


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The Good: Quick set up; inspires quick thinking and creativity; fun for whole family

The Bad: Not as fun without at least five players; subject matter targeted for mid-teens and older

In a Nutshell: Quick-paced board game requires just a minute to set up and will have everyone laughing for hours
At a Glance

Ages: 12 and up
Requires: At least four players
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.

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 are the game of hilarious comparisons
  • 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
  • Includes over 1,000 cards
  • Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events

Customer Reviews:

  • Games
    This game is great for families, parties or just get togethers. I bought this one for my daughter in college because she kept borrowing ours. It is a great vocabulary builder and teaches alot in the lines of being able to read people. Our entire family loves this game. As I said to a varied group of friends last New Years eve...if you can read, you can play this game....more info
  • Crazy Fun!!!
    This game is quite possibly the best party game ever invented. It's very simple and easy to learn. It reminds me a bit of Mad Libs, because you are dealing with nouns and adjectives. You just simply pick the best noun in your hand that fits the adjective for that round and the dealer decides which noun was the best out of all. But, just because you think that your noun fits best, doesn't mean the dealer agrees! In this way you play to the dealer. The better you know your friends the better chance you have at winning. You wouldn't believe the answers people come up with!! One time I played and the adjective was "chunky" and my friend threw down "cleaning the bathroom"! LOL! Its great fun and you won't stop laughing until the game is over. Also, the game is relatively quick, 20-40 minutes depending on how many players you have, and you can feel free to have a few glasses of wine with out it inhibiting your game play. A great investment!...more info
  • soooooooooooooooo fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't have apples to apples but I've played it at my friends house and it is so fun you can put down any card you want from normal to crazy.You don't have to worry about losing any cards because there is pleanty of create your own cards and extra deaks....more info
  • Excellent Game! GREAT FUN>
    We pulled this FANTASTICALLY FUN game out when my daughter had her dance troupe over for a sleep over. I won't get into specific details because there are so many GREAT reviews in short, we had 9 players 14-16 year olds and one (uh-um) lets say adult. We had an absolute riot. Negotiating and pleading our case. This is an excellent game and it's a MUST have for your game closet.

    Five STARS....more info
  • apples
    wonderful, easy, conversational, giggly game.
    love playing this!!!

    only problem, i should have bought the expansion pack asap! by the 2nd - 3rd time playing .. we went thru all the cards and it got to be blah.. but its still wonderful. will be playing for years i hope...more info
  • Just cards...but they are more fun than most "fancy" games!
    Upon opening the box, I looked for the game "board" without success. It was then that I discovered how simple the game setup is. There are just two types of cards--no buzzer, no dice, no spinners, no hour glass timers--just cards. What I thought was funny, was as my friends and family sat down to play Apples to Apples, almost everyone had the same reaction--where was the "stuff". That is when it occurs to you that this isn't a normal game--which left it up the air as the question lingered--would it still be fun without all the stuff.

    The answer is yes. The beauty to this is that it *IS* simple and quick to get started and yet the lack of other items allows them to include a great deal more cards which provides much longer "fresh" game play. This really is the game plus an expansion pack or two bundled together, which makes it a good value. The fact that it is VERY fun makes it a GREAT VALUE. We have played the game way past the normal stopping point every single time because it is simply so much fun that no one wants to stop playing.

    I am not going to explain the game play because I think that has already been covered well, but this game is without a doubt worth picking up. One of the friends I played with already purchased her own copy because she fell in love with it. I expect the next week will include a lot of Apples to Apples fun as my family comes together for the holidays. So if you are looking for something different to play with a group of people, you have found it!...more info
  • A good time for all but the most hardcore competitive gamers.

    I'm a game geek. I play board games, card games, role-playing games... pretty much everything but head games. And I love this game. It's not for everyone - since judging is purely subjective, it's not for the super-competitive, do-it-the-right-way-or-not-at-all type of gamer. But I have never laughed so hard or so often playing any other game, ever (particularly with the Crabapples variant - Cuddly Mafia, anyone?).

    I can't recommend a game more highly to a wide audience than this one....more info
  • Fun party game
    This is a fun game and would be great for's why:
    -Simple rules~deal 7 cards, flip over top subject card and pick, out of your hand, which cards you have best describe the subject card. For example the subject card may say "Idiotic" and you have a hand of cards that say random items, like "Adam Sandler", "Jellyfish", "Fingernails" pick as many cards out of your hand that relate to the subject. You can be very subjective here, which makes it more fun. The judge (dealer) picks the 1 card out of all that best describes the subject. After the turn the person to the left becomes the dealer and subsequently the "judge".
    -It's a loud game because people are trying to persuade the judge why their card is the best description of the "subject" card.
    -Game play is pretty quick depending on the amount of discussion there is over a certain card.
    -you can make the game as long or short as you would like.
    -There aren't a lot of pieces that can get lost, only cards. The game came with a TON of cards, so the possibilities are endless, really.
    We have played this game with our 2 teenage sons and they really had a good time trying to persuade us to see their point of view. The sillier the card was the more creative you have to be to plead your case, which a lot of times ends up being the winner.
    The packaging of the game is not exceptional, but play a few times and you will be hooked!
    Shelly...more info
  • Great game!
    This is such a fun game, and the more people you have, the more fun it is. If you have younger children, try the 'Junior' version since there are some words in this version that are difficult for anyone who is not in Jr High or older. We played many times over Christmas with ages 9 to 72, and we all loved this game. There was much laughter at some of the chosen cards....more info
  • So much laughter!
    I play a lot of board and card games, many of them quite complex. I really love playing games in any social occasion, and sometimes those occasions don't have my fellow die-hard gamers in attendance. What game can you play that's as much fun for your 70-year-old grandmother as it is for your 8-year-old cousin? What game will have everyone laughing, including the die-hard gamers in the bunch? Apples to Apples! Seriously, this game has consistently turned out more laughter than any game I've ever played. All you have to do is put down a card, but there's enough strategy involved in trying to predict what the judge is going to pick that it remains interesting throughout the entire game.

    I highly recommend this game for just about everyone. And once you introduce it to friends or family, it makes a great gift (I've bought and given away at least three copies in just the past year)....more info
  • How do you like those Apples?
    Fun, fun, fun. This is an excellent group party game, and the more people the better. It's simple to play: Everyone is dealt red noun cards. The judge turns over a green adjective card and everyone else tries to match a noun to that adjective. The judge picks the one they think is the best match. The next person then becomes the judge.

    A good sense of humor all round is helpful, and it provokes a lot of interaction if people choose to explain or lobby for their cards. Unlike a trivia game, there are no set answers so the cards won't get old and there are a lot of cards. It's not a game that requires heavy thinking or skill so it can be played with a wide age range or varied groups. It can last as long as you'd like it to.

    Very highly recommended! ...more info
  • Great party game for my college students!
    My college aged kids agree on NOTHING except that they both love this game! They have fun with their friends and playing in the dorms. From the title, I thought it was a game for kids! I guess for once, mom was wrong! ...more info
  • Easy to Learn Fun to Play
    6 of us adults around 50 years old played this game last night and we really enjoyed it and it had us laughing and we all kept wanting to play even though there were some that were hesitant about playing it in the first place. We switched to Guitar Hero after that and didn't have nearly as much fun--but then maybe we were all worn out from playing Apples to Apples!. It's a good game for all ages. I would highly recommend. ...more info
  • Fun for the Whole Family
    "Fun for the Whole Family." How is that for a cliched title? But in this case, it's an apt title. "Apples to Apples" is one of those games that *everyone* seems to have played and enjoyed before I had even heard of it. I went to the toy store recently and they had stacks and stacks of this game. I just had to try it out.

    And it seems there is good reason that this game is garnering so much positive attention. It truly is a lot of fun. Though you probably do not want to play it with kids who are below their teenage years, teens and adults will have a great time with it. It's one of those games where there are no wrong answers--just varying degrees of right ones. The trick is to be clever or funny in drawing comparisons. I guarantee you'll be laughing and having fun in no time.

    Part of the beauty of the game is that it requires little setup and little formality. You can play it at a moment's notice and with as large a crowd as you want to (within reason, of course). You can play around the table or in the car. It is perhaps passably educational but primarily just plain fun.

    If you snoop around the Internet a little bit you can find some videos that show you exactly how it's played. If you're uncertain of whether this is a game you want to try, check out the videos to see what it's all about--it will probably help you more than reading a written description.

    Buy it, enjoy it, have fun....more info
  • A good choice for a large crowd
    Apples to Apples is a very simple, easy to play game that is fun, strategic and a bit of a character study.

    The game is simple, each player is dealt out cards equal to one less than the number of players, then the first player reveals a card with a description say "disgusting". The other players then choose the card that best matches that choice, the first player then looks at the choices and chooses his pick. Whoever choice is picked get the card and the point.

    Sounds simple but there are two complications. The first is (using the example above) that it is not so much what is the most disgusting it is what that person considers the most disgusting. If for example someone hates their job fitting pipes and you give a card that says pipes then it might be selected over a card that says raw sewage.

    It also gets more complicated because your hand isn't refilled. So when you get down to two cards and the word is satisfying , which do give a as a card when your choices are a brick and flip-flops? Your only consolation is that the people you are playing with are likely down to choices just as bad as yours are.

    Its a lot of fun also consider the Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Comparisons! if you want to avoid choices such as Viagra.

    A good choice particularly for gamers like myself who's want to get their wives to play something....more info
  • Great fun for the entire family :-)
    I've only had a chance to play this game once but it was a blast :-). My boyfriend and his 11 year old son really had a great time with this one. I'm looking forward to bringing this with us to our family's Christmas Eve party. I think the kids (including a good majority of the adults) will have a lot of fun with this. Definitely a fun party game and I think even very young children could have fun with this if paired up with an adult for help with the small amount of reading involved. ...more info
  • Fun in a box
    This game is a family favorite. It's a different game every time and is just super entertaining. Cards have a pretty decent variety and come with blank cards so you can also make up your own. It's hilarious to see what people come up with and how they respond to the various green cards played. ANYONE can play this game it is just super simple. But watch out - it's very addicting!...more info
  • Apples to Apples Game
    Our whole family played this game several times. It is a riot. Very fun. Alittle more than I wanted to pay. Was delivered fairly fast....more info
  • Fantastic
    This game was the simplest fun for the whole family. It really crossed all generations (great grandma right down to the 6 year old) so everyone could have a great laugh, tons of fun, with minimal learning curve. Have bought it for all our friends and they too love it....more info
  • I FINALLY Got to Play This...
    ...and it wasn't even my set. I had the pleasure of playing Apples to Apples at a friend's home where it was the post-Thanksgiving dinner entertainment (oddly enough, I was planning to bring my copy with the intention of proposing a game so that I could finally review it, but I forgot to bring it). And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much fun this was (despite my lousy cards).
    I'm sure that everyone and their mother has cited the rules for play in their reviews, so rather than contribute to the redundancy, I'll try to focus on why this game is fun. For one thing, the learning curve isn't at all steep--a definite plus if "liquid cheer" plays a part in your festivities in general. And while some savvy is required to distinguish your comparisons from those of the other players, actual skill is not; getting good nouns that'll work with the adjectives really IS the luck of the draw (I remember silently cursing when I drew "Joan of Arc" immediately AFTER "hot" had been played).
    The real fun, though, is due to the fact that the probability of holding cards that really dovetail with the adjectives thrown down is pretty slim, hence some creativity is called into play. And trust me, it can get hilarious. One particularly funny moment occurred when a Russian friend's card had been chosen for the point and she responded by confessing that she wasn't sure of the meaning of the word on her card. Okay...I guess you had to be there, but still, it was fun.
    I noticed that the game recommends a minimum age of 12, which seems about right to me. Unlike SET, my favorite card game, the Party Box isn't something that you'd want to play with young children because I can't imagine that most of them would get it (I noticed that there's a separate edition for kids). Once, they're older, however, this would make a great family game.
    Being something of a cynic, I had no idea that games like this were being manufactured--smart, fun, reasonably priced, and not played on a monitor. I wholeheartedly recommend Apples to Apples for non-racy adult party fun--let's show support for toy manufacturers who produce games such as this. I'm actually considering buying at least one of the add-ons, but I think there's plenty of fun to be had with this basic Party Box in the meantime....more info
  • Not just for 12 and up
    I have always heard such great things about this game, so I couldn't wait to try it out. Needless to say, we absolutely love it.

    The thing I want to add to the other glowing reviews is that though it says 12 and up, my 6 year old loves this game. Simple adaptations make it easy for her to play and don't compromise the game too much.

    It actually has allowed us an excuse to sneak some vocabulary in, as she is always asking us what different words mean and half the fun is listening to her (often off the wall explanations) for why she chose certain things.

    Great game, we love it!...more info