Apples to Apples consist of two types of cards: green cards are printed with a description while red cards are printed with a noun. The number of cards in the box depends on the edition. The box shown here has just over 1,000 cards in total.
Players take turn being the Judge. Drawing a green descriptive card, the Judge waits for the other players to play one of their red cards. The last player to get their red card onto the table has to take back that card, thus skipping this turn.
Out of the red cards played, the Judge chooses the card they think best matches the green description card.
For example, if the Judge plays a card with the description of Scary, the players must choose one of their red cards that is scary. So if the players throw down red cards that say ‘Tornadoes,’ ‘Spiders,’ ‘Clowns,’ and ‘Grandma,’ the Judge now has to choose which card they like best. Some Judges will choose what is literally the scariest, and some Judges will choose the card that makes them laugh the most. The player whose red card is chosen by the Judge gets to keep the green card. The player who collects the most green cards wins.
The role of Judge is then passed to the next player, and the game continues.
The most commonly beloved aspect of this game is how socially engaging it is. Even without making strange or unexpected word combinations, some of the cards just get people talking. The card for “My First Kiss” can lead to some amusing stories, and the card “Regis Philbin” seems to be a favorite card for those who remember the 90’s.
Users report almost all ages enjoying this game. Many report this being a favorite game at family gatherings. Very young children may need help reading or understanding certain words.
Criticism for this game comes rarely, but when it does, it often revolves around the game’s subjectivity. Because the Judge is allowed to choose whichever red card strikes their fancy, some people think this game does not have solid enough rules, making it difficult to strategize a winning victory. We would like to point out that winning can take on more forms than just gaining more points than other players.
The value of a game like this is that gaining points is not where the enjoyment lies. Opportunities to talk, laugh, draw in members who do not normally play games, and spark conversations that may not take place otherwise is what this game delivers. In order to really enjoy this game, players must not take themselves or the game too seriously.
- Avoid liquid spills
- Cards fit back into box, though expansion packs may require a larger container to accommodate all cards
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
Expansion packs can be purchased, such as the Trendy Expansion, the Adventurous Expansion, the 1980's Expansion, or the 500+ card Party Box Expansion.
We've noticed that a few users have found the content in the expansion packs to be slightly more PG-13 than the Family Edition box set.
Those concerned about any content they find questionable for young children may be interested in the Family Edition.