Apples to Apples Review

Apples to Apples Review

Does your family love to play board games? In my family and my husband's, family get-togethers always involve taking down a board game. When everyone in his family is over, we have more than eight people in our home, not including any of my family, or friends who might be visiting. Since there aren't a lot of board games that keep this many people entertained, we are always on the lookout for new family friendly games. Years ago, we came across what may very well be the best family game around – Apples to Apples.

When we first saw this game, it was being introduced for the first time at Gen-con in Columbus, Ohio years ago. Today, I am surprised how popular this little game has become, and even more that there are still families who don't own this amazing board game. When it was recommended that I do a review of this amazing game – one that I have played with family and used as an educational tool in the classroom, I couldn't pass up the chance to review this cute apple themed games.

Apples to Apples: What is it?

Looking at the box, it is almost impossible to figure out what Apples to Apples is about, other than it has something to do with apples. In actuality, the only thing that this game has to do with apples is it's little apple mascots that are on the box and all the cards. The game itself consists of two decks – a set of red cards and green cards. The green cards are descriptive cards (adjectives) which are used by the referee. Each player always has seven red cards, which all include different things (nouns).

Here is how the game itself is worked. Each turn, a new referee is picked going clockwise. That player picks a green card which is displayed to all the players. Each other player, using the red cards in their hand, then picks the card that they think best goes with the green card and gives it to the referee face down. Since all the cards are random, this can end up with hilarious combinations, such as the picture below.

When the referee puts all the cards forwards, you can play one of two ways, having the referee pick without explanation, or letting the players explain why they think their card fits in the current green card. When the referee chooses a card, the red cards chosen are put in the discard pile and the green card is awarded as a point. Whoever first reaches a certain score (determined by the number of players) wins a game of Apples to Apples.

Apples to Apples: Complexity

While Apples to Apples may sound complicated at first, it is actually a very simple game. Most of the rule sheet is different combinations of games you can play, with the rules above being the general rules for Apples to Apples. The most complicated part of Apples to Apples is the reading. For this reason, the box recommends the game for children over 12. In our family, we let children of any age play, with children under reading age playing with an adult's help.

One of the other things I like about Apples to Apples is the wit. At the bottom of each red card are one or two sentences to describe the card. This description is usually witty on simple concepts and more complex ones are descriptions to help younger players know who or what this card is to better help them play. For this reason, I played this game quite often with my 10th graders and my special education classes. This improved not only their reading, but critical thinking skills since they had to determine why the red card they chose best fit the descriptive green card. Most of the time, the kids didn't even realize they were learning since they were having fun!

Apples to Apples: Fun

One of the things I love about Apples to Apples is that it is very family friendly. Children can play this game without parents having to worry about inappropriate concepts. At the same time, Apples to Apples can be played with adults, making it oddly the perfect kids game or game to keep adults busy for hours at parties. It is one of those game that is so simple you can easily turn it into a fun thinking game that is appropriate for nearly any situation. I have played Apples to Apples in a family setting, at a wedding shower, and at a bachelorette party. It really depends entirely on the players. Since the cards are all appropriate themselves, it is really a great game for children of all ages and mentalities.


In the Apples to Apples Collector's Edition Box

  • Wood Storage Crate (looks like Apple Crate)
  • Core Apples to Apples Game
  • Apples to Apples Expansion Box #1
  • Apples to Apples Expansion Box #2

Apples to Apples: What We Think

In our family we absolutely love Apples to Apples. Whenever we have family come to visit, we always pull out Apples to Apples since its one of the few games that when you get over eight people together and everyone wants to play. It is also hard finding a game that adults want to play for hours and still keeps kids entertained. I can without a doubt give this game a 5 star rating since it is a hit with my family and was loved in my 10th grade classroom. Currently, the party crate version of this game has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon (the core without the expansions has  a 4.6 star rating). Here is what others are saying about this great family game!

Where to Purchase Apples to Apples

Every year, Apples to Apples sells out in many stores since it is such a popular family game. While you can purchase it at a big box retailer or specialty store, I highly recommend getting it on Amazon since they are one of the few places that still have the crate set. This set came out in 2003 and comes with a nice storage crate and both expansions. Along with it being harder to find, it also much cheaper than buying the game and the expansion pack separately. 

For example, the last time I went to the mall, the core set of Apples to Apples was selling for $30, with the current set including only one expansion costing $49.99. The Apples to Apples box set on is currently selling for a little over $38, making it a steal (I paid $60 for it back in 2006 when I bought it after Christmas for my classroom). Along with Amazon selling it for a great price, it is shipped to your house for free within five days (if you are a prime member, two days). It is also under Amazon's 30 day guarantee, allowing you to send it back if no one in your family likes it or it is damaged. Being able to try out a new game without leaving your home seems pretty great to me!

More Review for Apples to Apples

Want to learn more about Apples to Apples? See what other parents and people who have played this game have said in their own reviews on To learn more, click on the picture of Apples to Apples below.

If you are coming from the Fall Apple Festival Giveaway, feel free to leave your comments below and tell us why you think Apples to Apples is a great fit for your family! If you haven't seen this great giveaway, feel free to enter this giveaway at our sister site – Budget Earth.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer and blogger who has been writing content online and in private print format for the past decade. When not writing for Budget Earth or Mew Review, she can be found busily working at her professional copywriting company - The Muses Pen.

149 Responses to Apples to Apples Review

  1. My son loves this game! It is one of his favorites of all time. We have made some great memories playing it together and could use a new one!

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  6. Laura Miller says:

    I would LOVE this game!!!  Our family plays the regular Apples to Apples every year at Thanksgiving!!!

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  8. Sue Invegas says:

    Looks like a great game. Never seen it before!

  9. Renee Travis says:

    I have never heard of this before, but it sounds fun. We play board games a lot at my dad's in the winter!

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    your giveaway is up in my blog :) good luck to all participants :D

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  13. I LOVE this game!! One of the funnest that I have ever played :) Thank you for reminding me to buy it for my own house, instead of always playing it at friends' places!

  14. Ronni Keller says:

    We've played this so much I think we're in need of a replacement already!! Really a great family game!

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  15. Carol L says:

    What a great review. This sounds like a game the whole family can play together mixing adults and children. It would be perfect when my 7 lkids and their families come over during the holidays.

    Carol L

  16. Rebecca L says:

    I have never heard of this game, but it sounds awesome! Thank you for the great review. I will have to get this game as a Christmas Present.

  17. Malia says:

    Sounds like a fun game!

  18. Lametria Brooks says:

    Surely want to try it. My son loves games would could play together.

  19. Kristina C says:

    This is such a classic game, and I love the collector's edition – so pretty!

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  21. Love the site first of all and 2nd my sons school has this and they play it a lot and love it!

  22. I have never heard of this game but it definitely looks and sounds like a game my family would LOVE! We have family get-togethers several times a year, probably 2 or 3 a month with my family. Once we all get together, there are usually about 10 adults and 15 kids total and we all love to play board games! My family is also very competitive so this game would be really fun to introduce everyone to! 

    Thanks for telling us about it!

  23. Sara Banister says:

    This game sounds like so much fun!!! Definately sounds like something we could all play together and have a bunch of laughs!!

  24. Tiffany Cruz says:

    Haven't played this game in a very long time. Thinking of buying it for my daughter though. I know she'd like it a lot.

  25. Ashley S says:

    I love the collector's box. My family loves playing Apples to Apples.

  26. Sara Doering says:

    I know they will love this game because we played it for the first time while camping this summer and had a blast.

  27. L. says:

    my niece would love this game. her cousin used to play it with her but then they lost it.

  28. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    Me and my family love this game great from ages young to old

  29. Stephanie Foster says:

    It would be great to have a new game in the house. We could start having family game night again.

  30. MamaBreak says:

    Fun, fun game for the whole family. We love this as an after dinner game when we have family over!

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  32. Barbara says:

    We have this game and LOVE it!  So much fun and the little kids can get in on it too!  Thanks for sharing!

  33. linda l says:

    i have never tryed this game but i woukd like to

  34. Denise N. says:

    I have never heard of this game before but I think it would be fun to add to my family's game collection.  My family loves playing board type games together, especially when the weather cools down and we can sit in front of the fireplace to play.

  35. Sounds like a great game and a great Christmas present! 

  36. I would love to try this game when my kids are a little older.

  37. Marthalynn says:

    I would love this game because not only is it fun for everyone, but it teaches kids grammar – adjectives and nouns!

  38. my family has gamenight every sunday after we have an old fashion sit down sunday dinner. hope they keep doing this after i am gone it was my grandmas tradition ,then my moms, now mine and hope my kids keep it going with theirs. everyone is so busy now a days they are forgetting family and their heritage


  39. Cheryl says:

    We have 3 teenagers so this would be fun for all of us!

  40. Andrea D. says:

    I love this game and how much fun it is with other people.

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  42. I totally forgot about this game!  I played it awhile ago with some friends and it was really fun!  I'd like to get it for my family to play.  It'd be a great holiday gift idea, too!

  43. Melody says:

    This sounds like a really fun game!  Only one of my kids is old enough to play, so I'll be putting this on next year's Christmas list!

  44. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says:

    I never heard of this game, sounds like we would have fun :)

  45. Shauna Lynn says:

    My husband also first saw it at GenCon and knew immediately that it's a game I would LOVE. I've played it a few times….the more the merrier :)

  46. Kelly R says:

    A great game for family game night, thank you

  47. Deanna says:

    Sounds like a fun game that makes you think!!

  48. Crystal Brown says:

    We love anything apple related at our house and the game Apples to Apples isn't any different. :)

  49. Sarah Welte says:

    sounds like a fun game to play when we have family come over!

  50. Dena S. says:

    I think trying any new game will be fun and my family will enjoy it!

  51. Rachael Henzman says:

    We would love this game because it would make us laugh together while playing it!

  52. Tosh says:

    Thanks so much for the review! I have seen this game in the store, but now I know my kiddos will love it!  Looks like I will be putting this one on our Christmas List! 

  53. Emily says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this game! I've played the Jr version with my nieces and nephews, but not this one. My kids would love it too!

  54. Linda Walters says:

    For Thanksgiving and Christmas we might have upwards of twenty or more people in my parents house. My neice brought this game one year and we played it starting out with about six people. When we quit playing at around nine that night we had about 12 people playing. It was so much fun that now she brings for every holiday gathering an it is always a  hit.

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  58. Carol says:

    We love playing games on Family Night. This game sounds like great fun and all would enjoy it!!!

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  60. says:

    We play this with Children and youth ALL the time at church! its great for sleep overs and great for FAMILY nights!

  61. Daniela Walsh says:

    My family LOVES this game. We can all be silly and have a family game night!

  62. Bobbe says:

    What a neat new kind of game!! My family would love to play this when all 22 (kids & grandkids) are able to get together and enjoy each other's company. There is nothing better than making memories with family!! Thank you for this wonderful offer to win.

  63. Patty A says:

    This sounds like a ton of fun! 

  64. Angie says:

    Sounds like fun! I love games- I will have to check this one out!

  65. Chelsea says:

    I will have to check out this game! It looks fun!! :)

  66. Kristen says:

    I collect toys and games for the kids at Ronald McDonald House, and I'm sure they'd have fun playing this in a group.

  67. julieann r says:

    Love games like this, thanks for the info on it

  68. kim lazor says:

    We love it so much, that I have both the deluxe edition and the travel edition, which we took camping with us this Summer! Great fun with groups of people!

  69. jenn says:

    We have this game and it is one of our top games for family night. They also have an Apples to Apples Junior

  70. Amy Orvin says:

    My family loves card games, that's why we will love it!

  71. nikki says:

    we love board games!

  72. dawna s says:

    any time together as a family is a great time… but add a few laughs and you are making memories… memories are important to military familes when daddy deploys… Apples to Apples is a great way to get a few laughs in before any more under way assignments <3 Happy Fall <3

  73. Amber Nara says:

    We LOVE Board Games and this is one we have never played and your reviw makes it sound well worth the try!! Thank You so much!

  74. Mallory says:

    One of my favorite games ever

  75. Charlotte Raynor says:

    I have to admit that I've never heard of this game but it sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the great information!

  76. Bless says:

    Sounds like a fun game. I may have to check this out and add to our family board games.

  77. Keola Kinghorn says:

    I LOVE THIS GAME! I would love to win :)

  78. My family would love this game because they like new games and new challenges!  It looks perfect to fill the need for fun and excitement.

  79. Jan says:

    I love when you said the kids were actually learning without realizing it… that's the bonus in my eyes,  :)

  80. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    sounds like it would be  really fun game, this is the first time I've heard of it

  81. Melanie Ski says:

    We have this game and it is already one of our familie's favorites because we can all play it together. We roll on the floor laughing!

  82. Maureen Butcher says:

    Love to get together with friends, of all ages, for game night and I know that we would have a blast getting to know eachother better by playing Apples  to Apples!  Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win a great addition to our family/friends game nights!

  83. Sue Invegas says:

    Awesome Giveaway! Sounds like  a lot of fun!

  84. Tamara says:

    We love this game here, always fun and funny depending on who all is playing. Thank you for the review

  85. Nicole Bear says:

    I have played this game with my in-laws, and it is very fun.  It can get pretty silly at times.  I would love to win one so that we could have it at our house too.

  86. My family loves family game night and we have [played this game before. We had a blast!

  87. Denise Holben Collier says:

    I have not played this game, but my daughter loves it and I would love to share it with her.

  88. Peggy Bolling says:

    I am totally loving the sound of this game!! I've been looking for something different and this sound like it's right up my alley! I really enjoyed reading your review!

  89. jheylo says:

    this would be a fun game for sure. will keep us occupied especially during winter.

  90. What a fantastic review! I always wondered how to play this game. 

  91. charlene k says:

    Thanks for breaking this game down and making it sound like a lot of fun.  My family likes to play board games especially when the weather is bad and we haven't tried this one.

  92. Faith Bosnick says:

    I haven't played this game in a long time but I have a feeling my son would LOVE it!

  93. Vanessa D. says:

    I love this game! A coworker introduced me to it 2 years ago and I’ve been addicted ever since. Lots of laughs!

  94. Becky R says:

    We homeschool and have a variety of games, but sadly we do not have Apples to Apples.  I have a list of games that we would like, and this is now on it.  I think that my kids would love it!

  95. polly says:

    can't believe i have never heard of this game…looks really fun!

  96. Jenny says:

    We love this game!  It's our first pick on family game night.

  97. Rae Ann says:

    sounds like a fun game!  Good way to spend time with family.

  98. Kelsi says:

    I love this game! We played this last Christmas and it was a blast. I have played just about every traditional board game and this is definitely a favorite. Great review!

  99. Gianna says:

    My kids would love playing with this!

  100. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    We are always looking for fun interesting and new games to play around the holidays when family joins together. It sounds like this would be pefect for us!

  101. Jane Kelly says:

    We have never played this game at our house, but it looks like a lot of fun and over the holidays we play a lot of games

  102. Rebecca Orr says:

    I love playing this game during the holidays when my uncle is home. He brings it with him!

  103. elizabeth b says:

    My kids love card games of almost any kind.

  104. Malinda Jackson says:

    Sounds like a fun game that my kids would enjoy

  105. Jennifer Ali says:

    An all time family favorite….this game is an all around fun game to play with your family. It's also very educational. Can't lose! Love it.

  106. Anitha Kuppuswamy says:

    my family would enjoy this game

  107. sally guenterberg says:

    seen this in the store but didn't know anything about it so I just always passed it by.  Sounds like fun


  108. Tara says:

    My 13 year old wants this for Christmas now because he played it somewhere & had so much fun :)

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  112. We love Apples to Apples!  Often my 7-year-old daughter wants to play but we don't have a big crowd, so the game consists of her, me, and several of her stuffed animals.  Of course, we have to pick cards for the toys, but it's still lots of fun!

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  113. Susan Alban says:

    I had always wondered what this game would be like. Thanks for the great review!

  114. Kate F. says:

    I love Apples to Apples! We've played this many times at family parties.

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  116. NIcole Strunk says:

    I love this game! It is such a fun game to play with family and friends of all ages!

  117. MADDIE K says:

    My college age daughter brought this game home one day and insisted we all play it. With just the three of us playing I was not too impressed. Then we had a party and when there were a bunch more people playing I found it to be addictive and fun!  Now I love it!

  118. Robert KabirClark says:

    our family loves this game

  119. Ashley Parks says:

    This seems like a really cute game!  I may have to look for this for the next game night we have with friends!  Our kids are a little young to play along, but I love that it doesn't have the typical gameboard and small pieces that our kiddo tends to try to take off with while we are playing! ;)

  120. Ashley Morrissey says:

    One of my most favorite games! Great game!!

  121. This is one of my family's favorite games!  We try to have family night every week.  Great time to unwind and reconnect.

  122. JD Hoppe says:

    my daughter and her friends in their 20's play this and i have joined in as well. it is very fun. we just have the one with the cardboard box, but would love the wooden box. an alternative that they play with is they pick random cards and write down what it says then everyone puts them all together to make a story.

  123. Donna George says:

    My girlfriends and I would really get a kick out of playing this. I thought it was kids gmae. Thanks you!

  124. Allie Wiley says:

    We have this game and really enjoy it. We break it out at family get togethers because it is one of those games where the more people you have,the more fun it is!

  125. Georgia Beckman says:

    We discovered this game a few years ago & it is our entire family's absolute favorite.  We play it everytime we're all together & it's still as hilarious as the first time we played it!

  126. Kali says:

    I've been looking for a new game to play with my young adult sons and I think this may be it! I remember enjoying it when I played it once a few years ago. Fun!

  127. Brandy says:

    What a great review i have heard so much about this game I will have to get it!

  128. Adriana G says:

    sounds like a fun game but i've never heard of it.

  129. Emily Linton says:

    My family loves to play this game when we're all together at holidays! I love this new Crate Edition box!

  130. Adam Morgan says:

    This is one of our favorite games to play. I highly recommend it. There are many variations on regulation play that you can do and it can lead to nights of amazing hilarity. RUN, don't walk, to Walmart or Target or wherever and get this game. You'll be happy you did.

  131. Becky Egan says:

    We have this game. We got it as a hand-me down. It is a great group game. I've even played it at parties with a very large group. It is very adaptable. Fun and doesn't require a ton of concentration. To make it more challenging with a smaller group the speed version is fun.

  132. Mary Withrow says:

    I too, have never heard of this.  It looks interesting and as someone above said we are always looking for new games during the winter, I will have to look for it.  Would make a nice Christmas gift

  133. Kate F. says:

    I love this game! It's fun to play at parties.

  134. Sherry Compton says:

    My daughter loves this game.  She plays it often with friends.  We just found a coupon on the internet for it, but I hadn't seen the wooden box version before.  Great so that it will last a long time.

  135. Angela Venable says:

    I have heard a lot of things about this game.  I will be adding it to the Christmas list.

  136. DENISE SMITH says:

    loved this game great gift idea

  137. Janice Dean says:

    This sounds like the perfect family game!  Thanks for sharing.

  138. Heather Garcia says:

    I have seen this game at Target but did not know what it was about. My daughter is in the first grade and loves to read and is learning what a noun is and an adjective and I bet she would love this game.

  139. My kids have gotten me hooked on this game. When we get home from church on Sundays, we go to my MIL's for lunch. While we are waiting for lunch to get done, we pull it out and start playing. It gets pretty cutthroat sometimes, and I will admit we had to pause the game more than once for bathroom breaks. Love it!

  140. Jenny says:

    Although I dig Apples to Apples, I love the adult version similar to this called Cards Against Humanity better. Perfect for when you have adults who aren't too uptight over for a shindig!

  141. Judy Thomas says:

    Any game that gets a family talking and playing together is really awesome and worth buying in my books :)

  142. Georgia Beckman says:

    I'M JEALOUS OF YOUR NICE WOODEN BOX!  This is our entire family's favorite game to play when we get together.  Always absolutely hysterical.  We bought it years ago; I would guess at least 15 years ago.

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