One of the simplest card games to take the world by storm is the Cards Against Humanity series. Marketed as a “card game for horrible people”, this 2009 release has spawned numerous expansions over the years. It also fostered a whole slew of wannabe knockoffs. CaH stated if a publisher didn’t copy their exact design formatting, they wouldn’t litigate against any of them.
Go into any mall retailer during the holiday seasons and you’ll see dozens of similarly designed (and named) versions of the same game. This week we picked up a copy of Kids Create Absurdity, not to be confused with Kids Against Maturity or Clones Attack Hilarity. This is the publisher’s attempt at creating a more family-friendly version instead of the one for horrible people.
The rules for Kids Create Absurdity are nearly identical to all the others. The box contains two decks of cards – one set of question cards and one set of answer cards. Additionally, ten blank cards and ten “RANDOM” cards fill out the inventory.
Each player, up to ten, draws ten orange answer cards. A starting player is chosen, who is referred to as the “Big Cheese”. That person draws one blue question card and reads it aloud. All other players should then choose an answer card from their hand which they believe goes best with the question. The object is to make it as silly as possible.
These are handed face-down to the Big Cheese, who will shuffle them, read each one aloud, and select the answer card they like best. The person whose card is chosen keeps the blue question card as a point. Everyone draws back up to ten cards in their hand and the role of Big Cheese passes to the next player on the left.
Blank answer cards allow you to write in your own answer if you don’t like any of the others in your hand. Hidden among the question cards are the RANDOM cards. When drawn, the Big Cheese hands it to a player of their choice, who then must perform the task printed on the card. Once completed, the card is discarded. The Big Cheese draws another question card to continue the game in normal fashion. The first person to collect five points (blue cards) is the winner of Kids Create Absurdity!
Let me state we are NOT fans of Cards Against Humanity that are gross, controversial, and adult-oriented just for the sake of offending people. At least this copy of Kids Create Absurdity tones it down to a level where all ages can enjoy it. That is, if you like simple impress-the-judge games like Apples to Apples (we do not).
Kids Create Absurdity is available new on Amazon for under $20. Give it some time and you’ll no doubt find a copy at a yard sale or thrift. Ours was open, but never played. It only set us back $2.88 and will reluctantly be utilized at non-gamer family get-togethers.
Do you enjoy games like Cards Against Humanity?