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  • Writer's pictureJoe Pace

Player of Games, #81: Apples to Apples

I'm not sure if Apples to Apples is the wholesome version of Cards Against Humanity, or if Cards is the depraved version of Apples. It doesn't matter, not really, because the truth is that these two games are the not-so-different Belloq and Indiana Jones of the comedic card comparison genre, the one a shadowy reflection of the other. The conceit is the same, the intent the same - one is simply playable with your children and your parents, while the other probably shouldn't be, depending on the age of your kids and the hipness of your folks.

We played a lot of Apples to Apples when the boys were younger, starting with the picture version then moving on to the Disney version before graduating to the full game. The laughs are there, for sure, even without the vulgarity or sexual ribaldry or horrifying images of Cards. And for those truly bent on making everything a little R-rated, there's always the cleverly played innuendo lying in wait. After all, what's more touchy-feely, Bill Clinton or Helen Keller? What's more silky, spiders or underwear?

Our wooden apple-crate edition has lain fallow for too long, as schedules and interests and age drive the kids away from the game table. I think it's time we fixed that.

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