Excerpt: I have seen Apples to Apples in terms of the board game at numerous stores. I have been curious about it, but never acted upon my curiosity. When I heard THQ was going to do a video game rendition of Apples to Apples, I knew we had to cover it. I will be transparent, it was an opportunity for me to learn about this franchise.
Summary: Party-style fun is ripe for the picking in Apples to Apples. Just select the red card you think is most like the green card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win the round. Everyone gets a chance to be the judge!
Excerpt: I have nothing against taking face-to-face games and making them into multiplayer video games, but some games are just better off being left in the physical world. Such is the case with Apples to Apples.
Excerpt: The Apples to Apples meatspace card game could be seen as one of the most perfect party games around. Whether as an ice-breaker or among longtime friends, it never fails to elicit a few laughs through clever and often ridiculous associations. Thanks to THQ, the card game now joins Catan , Carcassonne , and Uno as one of the few real-world games to make its way onto Xbox Live Arcade.
Pros: + Clever and often ridiculous wordplay., + Tons of customization options to tailor the rules how you like.
Cons: ? The game has to spam my Facebook account with updates for me to earn an Achievement?
Conclusion: Apples to Apples offers up one of the most enjoyable, casual, party games on the marketplace. For 800 MSP, it's cheaper than its boxed brethren too. When we Newshounds did the holiday gift guide, I submitted nothing to the XBLA portion because no downloadable titles really caught my eye this year. Too bad, because a week later, I found my XBLA Game of the Year.
Excerpt: Before Facebook, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsocial gameÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â� had a completely different meaning. Social gaming used to mean in-person experiences in which the people playing were at least as important as the rules of the game.
Pros: + Multiplayer recreates card game, + Multiple game variants, + Good card variety
Cons: Multiplayer glitches, Singleplayer is minimal, Small player base