★★★★☆ Apples to Apples; a creative word game where everything is made up and the points don’t matter.

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a highly creative fun party/word game that gets everyone involved.
This game stands out because the player interaction and the freedom to think creatively. I don’t think I’ve played this game without laughing at least a few times. At times it feels frustrating when you don’t see a good match, but that just makes it extra rewarding when you have the perfect card.

Positive:
1. Everyone gets to participate on every turn.
2. Plays up to 10 (game reads 8, but I’ve played with more)
3. Teaches kids to think creatively.
4. Humor is inevitable.
5. No player elimination
6. Friendly game (no direct conflict with other players).
7. The variety of cards gives this game a lot of replayability.

Negative:
1. Some players may have a knack for this kind of game and have a clear advantage -but if you keep the goal of the game to having fun and not winning, this should be an issue.
2. This game has been so popular, some people may think it’s outdated -clearly I don’t.

Brief Overview:
This game has two decks of cards. One deck is full of nouns and the other deck is adjectives -there are exceptions, but this is the general idea.

On a player’s turn, they reveal an adjective (descriptive card) and everyone chooses a noun (thing) from their hand of cards. When everyone submits their best noun card, the active player reads all the choices and picks his/her favorite. The player who submitted the active players favorite card/match gets a point. 

Like the video tutorial, I also don’t put a time limit on the submissions.

Number of Players 2-8
Age 10+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★★★★☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★★
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★★★

Versions:
There are a lot of versions and spin-offs of this game. There are adult versions, junior versions, and expansions for all of them. Having the correct version for your groups is good, but as long as you don’t give a kid the adult version, anyone can have fun with any version.

Teaching Advice:
Show everyone an example of a red and a green card -and how they can correlate (for most other games, I typical deal out cards first so people have something to occupy their hands, but in this case they will likely be too distracted by the words on the cards). Explain that on a players turn they do not submit a red card, but they are in control of judging which red card deserves a point. Finally, deal out the red cards to players

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Apples to Apples on Amazon.

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