“A Party Game For Horrible People”
Warning: This review contains some content which could potentially upset some readers. This content does not reflect the views of the writer or of Invision Game Community, but is included for the purpose of expressing the nature of the game. If you feel you may be affected by the dark and controversial humour featured in this review then please read no further. If you are a fun human being who enjoys light hearted humour, or even a sadistic one who just enjoys the abuse of others, read on!
This review is a little bit outside the realms of what we usually have a look at here at Invision, but when I received this card game as a gift I decided I had to tell you all! Cards Against Humanity sells itself as “A Party Game For Horrible People”. This is no word of a lie, but don’t let it put you off; I don’t think that I have ever laughed so hard!
So what is Cards Against Humanity? Well, the premise is very simple. You have two decks of cards; white cards and black cards. The black cards contain a statement or question, while the white cards contain a statement or potential answer. Each player keeps a hand if these white cards, and takes it in turns to take up the role of the Card Tsar. The Card Tsar essentially plays the role of the dealer, playing the black card from the top of the deck and, once each other player has chosen the white card or cards which they wish to use to respond to it, judging which answer they feel is the best. This is down to the Tsar’s personal taste, and so the best answer may be the funniest, the most accurate, the most controversial; whatever that Tsar’s personal preference is that turn. The winner of the game is the player who has won the most black cards by the end by playing the best answers throughout, and the game ends when the “Make a Haiku” card is played.
So the game is simple, but the techniques of wit, charm and knowing your fellow players’ tastes is where the real challenge lies. In order to succeed at this game you will be forced to set all of your usual moral values aside, forget the kind of nice, friendly and innocent person you think you normally are, and simply be an asshole for the duration of the tournament which lies ahead. If you cannot do this then this game is probably not for you. If you can, then my goodness are you in for a good time! So when I tell you this game is controversial, you must be intrigued. Some of you are probably sat thinking “how bad can it be?”, some may even think I am exaggerating the point. Well I believe I can convince you of just how far the controversy of this game can go in no more than three simple examples (although if you wish to have the surprise factor in your game when you come to play, you may wish to skip past this bit!):
Example 1: In M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, Bruce Willis realises that ___ was really ___ all along.
“In M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, Bruce Willis realises that ‘ethnic cleansing’ was really ‘doing the right thing’ all along.”
Example 2: ___ + ___ = ___ ”
“‘Jimmy Saville’ + ‘AIDS’ = ‘A disappointing birthday party’.”
Example 3: STEP 1 – ___, STEP 2 – ___, STEP 3 – Profit.
“STEP 1 – ‘Not giving a shit about the thrid world’, STEP 2 – ‘Fingering’, STEP 3 – Profit.”
So now that I must have captured your attention, there is little more that needs to be said. This is a short feature indeed, but you know everything that you need to now. This is quite simply the most fun I have ever had with a game, be that a video game or otherwise. In a student house or the right kind of family atmosphere alike, hours can be spent pushing “the line” to its very limits and beyond, laughing like maniacs and judging everyone else in the room. The examples above are not even the best things that come out of playing, and in fact I had to go back and change them a couple of times to keep them funny but make them appropriate for our online audience without possibly stepping over that line. The game will naturally not suit everyone, but if this review has made you laugh at all then I wholeheartedly urge you to buy it! If the wallet is a little sparse right now, you can even make your own deck by downloading the free PDF files from the game’s website and printing them out.
In short, Cards Against Humanity is a controversial party game which is not for the faint hearted. You will judge your friends, lose your morals and question what is wrong with the people who put this thing together when you play, but you will have more fun than you maybe ever have done with a card game before. If you have an open mind and hearty sense of humour then this game is for you. I don’t often outright suggest to anyone in my reviews that they should buy a product, but hell, you should buy this!
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The Good – Possibly the greatest thing ever; a wildly humorous game to play!
The Bad – This space is left intentionally blank.
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