Posted Mar 23, 2011 in Cool Shit | 0 Comments

Apples to Apples – Boardgames? Really? SERIOUSLY???

I frequently get surprised reactions when I mention something “primitive” like boardgames.  After all, we live with technology, video games, 3D-graphics and special effects!  However, boardgames have an undeniable place in the world.

You might think, “Who is this guy?  Geek Chic was SO 2007!”  My name is Matthew Tang, and I’ve been Gaming since 3.  The first game I played was Ernie’s Big Splash where you lead Rubber Ducky into Ernie’s Bath Tub.  Since then, I have become a registered DCI Level 2 Judge for Magic: the Gathering, and have spent countless hours in front of a computer programming myself to feel something other than pain.  Gaming has been been an ever-evolving aspect of my life, and I’d love to share part of my world with you!

Now that you know more about me, I present you a review that’s great as an introduction: Apples to Apples

This game involves cards with words.  Green Cards have Adjectives while Red Cards have Nouns (English class was useful after all!)  Everyone starts with 7 Red, and refill as the game progresses.  Each round, a player acts as a Judge and presents a Green Adjective.  The other players play a matching Red Noun face-down and shuffled.  The Judge chooses the best Noun.

Since the Judge decides, play cards that appeal to the Judge.  Sometimes, you won’t have matching Nouns so play your weakest/most boring card – or ironic, and win through humour.

Some people shudder at word-games, but since it doesn’t use grammar/spelling, people still love it!  This is a great icebreaker if you have a party with various circles of friends.  You get to see people’s thought-process and personality – meaning you learn who the perverts are! Ex. The Judge’s Adjective was “Glorious”.  One player played “Hole in the Wall” and the Judge got a “Glory Hole” reference.  Though, not everyone would make that connection.

The game is relatively simple, so it gets old quick, especially if you play with the same people.  Since the game is meant for all backgrounds, many cards seem irrelevant and you often get stuck with cards that nobody appreciates.  However, the game comes with rule-variations to keep things groovy.  There are also expansions that have more cards.

Final Rating: 7.5/10 – The simplicity of the game makes it easy to pick up and play, so it’s friendly to all audiences.  However, the simplicity doesn’t always engage players, and for that reason you won’t want to devote an entire evening to it.  Having said that, since you don’t need a lot of brain power, it makes for a great drinking game ;)

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