The objective of the game is to win! If you lose, you have not won, and you are in fact out of the game. If everyone except you has lost, you win! (There are also cases where everyone loses or two or more people win.)
A note from the manufacturer:
The most aptly named game ever. In this exceptionally silly and awesome game, your objective is to win. Simple enough. Sadly, all of your opponents have the same simple goal and they are trying to make you lose. Between rock paper scissors battles, being eaten by a random dragon or saved by a kitten ambush, there are many hazards to avoid. Games last between 30 seconds and 5 minutes (if you play slow) and specifically engineered to fit in maximum fun. Any number can play, though we recommend between 2 and 15. Rumors of 20 person games swirl around the Internet. The chaos pack expansion is included and contains a side deck of 15 new cards you can use alongside your copy of the full game. Every game, you randomly draw one chaos card and it becomes a rule that must be followed for the entire game. The 2 blank chaos pack rule cards are also included.
Adam – This game is stupid, stupid like your mom. It is also fun (like your mom). As a game it doesn’t have much going for it, there really is no structure. You spend half your time trying to figure out the implications of the last card played, and I have no idea what the other half involves. It is fun to break out when everyone is off their ADHD medication and can’t focus enough on a game with actual rules and strategy.
Brandie – I got this game for Adam last Christmas. I was looking for a new card game to play. Something just as fun as Cards Against Humanity. Something to switch off to, because there are only so many dick fingers and gassy antelopes you can laugh at in a week’s time. I stumbled upon this game on Amazon and started reading up about it. There are three different card sets you can buy and play individually, or mix them all together for one giant crazy game. It’s supposed to be silly, fun, chaotic, and fast
I love this game! No matter how many times you play it’s always different. You never know when you’re going to lose but it is always sooner than later. You are lucky if the game makes it around the table more than once. There are multiples of similar cards that have different rules. So if someone asks if you want presents, regardless of what you said last time the end result may be different. There are so many awesome little things about each pack. Cards you write on, and mini packs you can’t open until certain things on card happens, just to name a few.
I highly recommend this game. If you don’t have fun playing it, you are doing it wrong.
Brie – I really enjoy this game. I believe that you have to be able to set aside any notion or need to know what’s going on at all times, and just accept the law of the cards. I appreciate the fast-paced nature and that the design provides you with plenty of opportunities to bring in new cards to give the experience more depth and variety. The cards themselves are hilarious to read, and it’s fantastic that there are so many personalization opportunities. It really tailors the game play to your group of friends in a noticeable way. This is a perfect game to play when you’ve been drinking and can’t get your shit together enough to set up a game of Risk.
Cat – Really, the most important thing to know about this game is that it is ridiculously fun. In an absurd, dada-esque kind of way. The rules constantly shift, and you find yourself miming a puppet hand while reading everything in a “whale” voice. Oh, and then you have to sing. And despite all of that ridiculousness, you’ll still probably lose. Do everything right, you still can lose. Do everything wrong, you still can win. It’s a spectacular game for people who really enjoy group card games, doubly so for those who find Fluxx to be a little too rigid. And just like Cards Against Humanity, it’s better when played with a few people who are a wee bit on the buttoned-up side (because the funny factor increases exponentially). On a scale of Care Bears to cold fusion, I give it a solid Zorp.
We Didn’t Playtest This At All (with chaos pack) is currently available on Amazon for $12.79.
She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.
She is also allergic to felines.