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Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Comparisons!
"APPLES to APPLES JUNIOR brings the hilarious card and party game, Apples to Apples, to younger players. Players aged nine and up will delight in all the crazy comparisons, while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills at the same time. The game is as easy as comparing apples to apples - just open the box, deal the RED APPLE cards to each player, and you're ready to go! Players take turns being the judge. The judge starts each round by playing a GREEN APPLE card featuring a one-word characteristic such as Chewy, Amazing or Scary. The rest of the players must then look at the RED APPLE cards in their hands and select the one they think is best described by the judge's card - will you play A Volcano, Unicorns or Burned Toast? When everyone's RED APPLE cards are on the table, you should try to convince the judge that yours is the best match. You'll find that table talk is a big part of the fun. Just wait until you hear all the clever - and not so clever - ways that people try to convince the judge to choose a particular card. Do your best, because if the judge picks your card, you win that round! The first player to win four rounds wins the game. With over 500 cards, each round is filled with surprising comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events. Fast-moving and refreshing, Apples to Apples Junior is easy to learn and fun to play. It's the perfect game for kids, families and friends!"
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115 of 116 found the following review helpful:
Creative family funNov 16, 2008
By D. Runski
This game is fun for ages 6 (reading) and up. Game players go around the table taking turns being the judge. One card is pulled and set out for everyone to see, It may say a word like fuzzy. In each players hand, they have five cards with random nouns on them and the player has to decide what best goes with "fuzzy". The game gets pretty funny when you don't quite have a card that goes. For instance, you may have words like, tomato, tornado and thistle. The cool thing about it is that you get to plead your case to the judge and try to get them to choose your card. It is a silly and fun game (for ages 6 and reading to adult) and really gets the creative "juices" flowing.
101 of 103 found the following review helpful:
Just as much fun as the adult version - plus shhh they might learn somethingNov 22, 2011
By Sapere Aude
** REGULAR VS JUNIOR **
What is the difference between Apples to Apples the regular version and this Apples to Apples Junior? It appears that the main difference is in the types of proper names & pop culture. The words in Apples to Apples Junior are not super simple, they have a very wide variety of vocabulary words, but they don't have as many references to politicians or movie stars - the types of things younger kids would not be aware of. There are still proper names, but they are more kid friendly, like Spiderman or The Statue of Liberty.
** HOW IT WORKS **
Apples to Apples is a party game, it really is for 4 or more people, and in this case it is better with more. There are two types of cards, red and green. The green cards contain adjectives (e.g. calm, bold, silly). The red cards contain nouns or actions (e.g. glass, hamsters, Superman). One person acts as the judge, they flip over a green card and reveal the adjective. Everyone else has red cards in their hand, from those cards they have to pick the card they think best fits the trait listed on the green card. They all place their cards face down and the judge mixes them up then turns them over. The judge then gets to decide which word best fits the adjective. The person whose card that is wins the green card. You play until one person reaches a certain number of cards. The person who won the card then acts as the judge the next time.
** WHY ITS FUN **
What makes this game so much fun is that you have a limited number of choices of cards in your hands, so you often don't quite have the best match, so sometimes the matches are really silly. The judge is under no obligation to pick the card based on the definition - sometimes the funniest combo wins. It's also fun to try to subtly (or not so subtly for kids) influence the judge to pick your own card without giving it away.
** EDUCATIONAL VALUE **
Each adjective card has several synonyms listed on it. So if the child isn't familiar with the word they can figure it out from the synonyms listed. It's great for building vocabulary. The red cards have little sayings related to the words as well. My kids like to read out each card as they turn it over.
** AGE RANGE **
The rules are very simple to understand, but the cards do not have any pictures or anything to indicate what the card is to a child who can't read. My son is a very early reader and we got frustrated playing with him because he had to have the cards read to him constantly and since the cards are supposed to be a secret (so the judge doesn't know) this makes it very difficult. So I would say this is definitely a game for a child who can read at least somewhere around those step 3 readers. However, as long as everyone can read, this is a great game to play with kids and adults, since as I said above the only difference with the adult version is the references to proper nouns.
** RECOMMENDATION **
We've had a great time playing this game, both with the kids and the regular game with groups of adults. A lot of laughs always results and I feel like its reinforcing good vocabulary in the kids as well.
54 of 59 found the following review helpful:
Great game - makes everyone think!Aug 31, 2009
By Kustard King
We made a family summer visit and one evening their 10 year old brought out this game. It was a great ruckus, and we bought it right when we got home. It is probably one of the most versatile, social, "intelligent" games around. It's amazingly simple, and does a great job of creating humorous and good natured competition.
Since winning is entirely based on the opinion of the dealer/judge, the game scales perfectly with whoever is playing. Since everything is pretty much in the open, "cheating" doesn't really exist, and it's loads of fun to argue over which word should be the best match. It's also offers insight into how your youngins' think. For example, my 6 year old, acting as a dealer, gave us a card of "Fragile." We played the cards "Brains," "Plates," and "Alaska." Now, I think Alaska was a great answer, but my son picked Plates.
There is no mean-spiritedness in the game at all.
21 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Great GameDec 04, 2008
By John Doe
This is a great family game. This game is fun for any age that can read. It can be played with odd or even numbers. The game encourages table talk and developes logical thought in younger players. Great for large gatherings. Don't miss it.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
My kids love it, fun for grownups tooOct 16, 2009
It is very hard--and by very hard I mean next to impossible--to find a game that your kids will enjoy and that won't cause your brain to melt out of your head. Apples to Apples is a rare example of a game all ages will enjoy. My kids and I have had lots of fun playing, and it's easy enough to "cheat" to let the youngest win if that's how things are done in your house. It really makes the kids think about the meanings of works and their synonyms, so it has educational value as well. There are LOTS of cards so you can play over and over without hitting the same subject twice. All in all one of the best games for kids and grownups I've played in a long time.
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