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Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples

The Game of Hilarious Comparisons!

by Out of the Box
Publisher: Mattel
Current Retail Price: $32.99

Apples to Apples is one of Nathan's personal favorites and is enjoyed by several other Exodus staffers. It's a wild, award-winning card and party game that provides instant fun for four to ten players!

Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things, and events. Fast moving and refreshing, Apples to Apples is perfect for any get-together with family and friends!

How to Play Apples to Apples:

Deal "Red Apple" (noun) cards to all players (typically seven per player). Select a person to be the judge; players can either take turns being the judge or the winner of each subsequent round can be appointed judge. Once the judge has picked up a "Green Apple" (adjective) card from the deck and played it on the table, each of the other players selects the one card from his or her hand of that they think is best described by the judge's card (or simply the one most likely to be chosen by that particular judge)! The judge then reads through the other players' selected cards and picks which one he or she likes or agrees with the most. The person who played the card that the judge picked gets to keep the judge's "Green Apple" card from that round. The winner is whoever has accumulated the most "Green Apples" by the end of the game. Game length can be determined by either a set period of time or the point at which one player reaches the "target" number of green cards.

Judges' decisions may be subjective (and sometimes completely arbitrary), but that's what makes the game so much fun! It's a great way to learn about (and capitalize on) your friends' or family members' personal quirks and preferences. Be forewarned: age doesn't necessarily determine who will win the game!


  • 756 Red Apple Cards (nouns)
  • 252 Green Apple Cards (adjectives)
  • Two Deluxe Card Trays
  • Quick Play Rules

This Party Box contains the same set of cards as the Apples to Apples Party Crate.


  • Ages 12 to Adult
  • 4-10 Players
  • 5 Minutes to Learn
  • 20-30 Minutes per Game

In the above picture (click to enlarge), the key question is, "What (or who) does the judge think is more dramatic?" The Fourth of July, tornadoes, the JFK assassination, New Orleans, Hangnails, William Shakespeare, or a high school bathroom?

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  Nuts to Nuts
Sincerelyornot of Oregon, 11/16/2011
My favorite part about this game is trying to guess what the judge will like most. With some people, its best to go ironic - others will always pick the most literally-hyper-technically-correct answer. The challenge is to match wits with everyone even though your options are limited, literally, to stock on hand. ;)

Home rules can make this game more interesting, because after the game, everyone has a stack of green cards with matching red card descriptions. My favorite twist is to read all your pairings at the end of the game, prefacing with, "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away... jfk was the strangest person, Elvis was the scariest thing in the room, etc." It makes for some entertaining stories.

A more competitive variant (which I don't like) is to read your winning green cards as if they described one of the players in the game. That's fun if everyone had "Elvis" or "diamonds", but not if someone has the card "Hitler": if you want to try that one, take all the bad card items out first.