A party game for horrible people.

Cards Against Humanity Review

Before I even begin, let’s just make something clear…

This is not one of those gifts you give your 12-year-old on a Christmas morning! Because you know, chances are too low for a 12-year-old to be a horrible person.

Oh, and yes… it says on the package, “17+”,  we do the math real quick… The final conclusion: Don’t buy your 12-year-old kid a Cards Against Humanity until they’re 17.

You don’t want to be that horrible, don’t ya! Let’s dive into our review about Cards Against Humanity!

All About CAH’s Design

A black and white, shiny, heavy box, which feels awesome when holding it (that’s what she said). Pretty simple, and pretty cool.

The front of the box is all black with “Cards Against Humanity A party game for horrible people.” written with white letters.

Now, the back of the box is white and has written a little funny description in black letters (obviously!!).

So far so good…

Cards Against Humanity Box
Cards Against Humanity Box Behind

Once you open the box, you get to see a ‘rules/instructions paper’ about which we will talk later on. 

Next, you’ll see 500 white cards, and 100 black cards. As you can see from the picture, it is pretty noticeable how they’re divided.

You can tell there are 6 sections. Meaning, 1 with 100 black cards, and 5 with 100 white cards each.

Cards Against Humanity Box

The white cards contain lines that are supposed to be the answers, or to fill the empty lines of the black cards.

This means black cards have the questions or the blank spaces which are meant to be answered/filled with the text on the white cards.

This is some nice design for some horrible people! 

Let’s just find out the rules…

What Are The Rules?

I mentioned above that one ‘rules’ paper you see once you get to open the box. This is how it looks like:

It’s a pretty clear (with a handful of humor) description of rules.

What else?

As mentioned above, it is a 17+ thing. Because of the ‘sensitive’ topics that some of the cards tend to touch (sex&sexuality, politics, religion, and so on) . 

However, you can remove the “inappropriate” cards in order to play the game with the younger ones, it will not be that noticeable since there are a lot of cards, with a lot of options to combine with one another.

But, if you don’t like the idea, instead, you can get board games that can be played with kids too (e.g Apples to Apples).

Is it fun, or is it boring? What about it?

Some of Cards Against Humanity Examples that are hilarious while playing:

…depends on who you’re playing it with, and how free are you to make dirty/nasty/dark jokes with them. 

If you have a conservative family, this is not the game you want to play with them! I repeat, this is not the game you want to play with them.

The cards can be combined in such ways that at times, you can sense this sort of awkwardness in the air which is inevitable. 

Some of the combinations turn out really absurd, and thankfully no one can force you to tell which one is your card, so you can be silly in an anonymous way. Cheers to that!

You can expect to laugh with funny combinations such as this one:

An amazing way of spending a good amount of time laughing and cringing with your friends (or family if you’re that ‘free’ with them).

It is in fact the perfect game for those who don’t take life too seriously.

Can be perfect after dinner at your/someone’s place, or out in a picnic, or other places you feel comfortable laughing your lungs out.

You can laugh your lungs out to something like this:

Sometimes there will appear some topics that you can also talk about, and how it is relatable to most of the players…

It happens to me and my friends, we get lost in discussions and for a moment forget about the game.

We do this on repeat without noticing it. 

I see it as a good way to know more of your friends’ ideas and perspectives on a lot of things through doing something fun.

Suddenly, you find out all these things about your friends/family you had no idea of.

Then we have another one. Most probably, the winner of the round!

Note: The game is more fun when making voices while reading the combinations. It adds more fun.

Also, let’s not forget that there will be awkwardness too…

I had a feeling it would all be funny and stuff until a combinations similar to this one came up:

Here comes the part of the game in which you understand which of your friends or even family is ‘crazy’. Trust me you’ll be surprised.

You’ll not only be surprised, you’ll be shocked if you realize this is uncle’s Tim suggestion!

This is the part where most of you will cringe. And of course, those “f*cked up” guys/girls in the friend group will laugh.

The good thing is, you can remove cards that contain words that make you feel offended, or uncomfortable.

Lastly, we can say that the laughters will beat the awkwardness, and it is absolutely worth it!

What We Love, What We Don’t Like About Cards Against Humanity 

This is the part where I answer questions like, is this game for every type? Is it worth trying? Through going down through things we love, and things we don’t like that much about this game.

Of course it has its pros and cons. Let’s begin with the positives…

What we love

  1. Laugh generator
  2. It can be played with up to 20 people. The more players the better [+4].
  3. A lot of options and combinations that can come up make the game ‘replayable’ (i.e can be played a lot of times without you getting bored).
  4. Unexpected deep conversations on certain topics make you realize things you didn’t before about the people you’re playing with.
  5. It can last quite long if you want it to 120min or more.
    Can be refreshed with any of the expansion packs, and feel like brand new again.

What we don’t like

  1. If you’re playing it around kids under 17, they’ll beg to play with you.
  2. Not suitable for people that get offended easily – can offend the ones that don’t like joking about “sensitive” topics (eg homophobia, sex, politics, etc).
  3. Generally speaking, not the best game to play with your family.
  4. Some of the cards didn’t age very well

What’s The CAH’s Competition?

Some people don’t like heavy jokes and get offended too easily, some people love heavy jokes but played the CAH too many times. 

The market offers solutions such as:

  1. Exploding Kittens

Is suitable for kids, teens, and adults.
It is one of those board games you can play with whoever, family, friends, and so on.
It costs $19.99, and you can find it on Amazon.

  1. Apples to Apples

This is the ‘funny AND safe’ game to play. It is a somewhat softer version of Cards Against Humanity, has about the same number of cards, and costs 10$ less. You can find it on Amazon, it costs 15.44$.

If your fella players are kinda wild when it comes to humor, you might wanna stick to Cards Against Humanity.

  1. What Do You Meme?

This is similar to Cards Against Humanity, but with pictures. Meaning it is also an adult game.

The ‘judge’ will read a line, and the rest of the players will find the meme that they think will suit the line. The judge decides which one is the funniest one (the winner).

Costs around $10 more than CAH. You can find it on Amazon at a price of $29.99.

What’s The Price? Where Can I Get it?

Straight and forward, the black shiny box of Cards Against Humanity and all the fun it comes with costs $25.00.

The price of the shipping and the time it arrives at your place depends on where you live, but it can cost around 15 to 20 dollars, and it can take around 5 to 7 days.

As for my European fellas, the price in euro is 21.23 + around 15 euros for shipping.

That’s all about the main card deck. However, the price can get a little higher if you choose to add expansions, which by the way, are super fun, and add those extra laughs and excitement to the main game. 

Expansion pack prices can vary from $5.00 to $20.00 (plus shipping), depending on which one you decide to buy.

Also there’s is a trick that you can download the PDF for free and print Cards Against Humanity no wait for shipping and extra cost or you can even play it online with your friends.


Final Thoughts

For the sake of old times, a good long laugher will definitely beat the awkwardness and cringes that you can sometimes sense in the air. 

At the end of the game, as the horrible people that we are, we put the cards, and finally, the lid on the box while commenting some ‘absurd’ or ‘I was about to pee’ moments.

I would give this game 9/10, for the fun, the awkwardness, for proving to me how dark my friends can get, and because the coolest grandpa in the world bought it for me.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it also proved to me that at one point or another, we’re all absolutely horrible.

…Unless you’re under 17.

I’m horrible and I love it!