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November 21, 2005

-- Game review --

No comparison

By Justin Skaradosky and Kate Haire

If you think you have a mind for vocabulary, think again.

Apples to Apples is a hilarious brain-boggling 4-to-10 player party game by Out of the Box.

Apples to Apples is jam-packed with fun and spontaneity.

This isn't your normal party game. It pushes word comparisons to the test; but you don't need to be Albert Einstein to win.

This game is specified for ages 12 to adult, but there is a version made for younger kids.

It takes only about five minutes to learn, and play lasts about a half an hour, depending on the number of players.

A Green Apple card, which contains one adjective, like "shocking," is placed in the center of the table for all to see.

Players hold in their hands Red Apple cards, which contain nouns. Each player chooses the Red Apple card that best matches the Green Apple card in play and puts it face down on the table.

On each turn, one of the players is the judge. The judge chooses which of the Red Apple cards best fits the Green Apple card.

Most of the time you'll have cards nowhere near the subject, and that's when you need to get creative.

For example, if the Green Apple card says "shocking,"  a player might have to choose among Red Apple cards with words like "my shoe," "Tom Hanks," or "electric eel."

"Electric eel" would be worth a shot since it has a pun to it, but the choice will also depend on who is the judge that term.

The judge scrambles the Red Apple cards, flips them over, and picks the one that best fits.

The object of this game is for you to convince the judge of each round to pick your Red Apple card above all others to collect the highest number of Green Apple Cards.

Based on the judge's preferences, the card selected can be based on relativity to the Green apple card, or simply the card that sounds the funniest.

To win, you need to accumulate the same number of Green Apple cards as the number of people playing.

As you play, you'll learn what each judge prefers to choose for the winning Red Apple Card.

They may go for the card with the funniest "pun" or the card that makes the most sense.

If you're looking for a fun and easy game to play at your next get-together, run to the store and buy Apples to Apples, a game of fruits and fun.


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