Cards Against Humanity (Family Edition): A Game Review For Parents
Updated August 30, 2023
**This review was updated on August 30, 2023.**
Kicking off Bark’s first-ever card game review (woohoo!), we’ll be discussing Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition.
Cards Against Humanity — the original version — came out in 2011 and made quite a splash in game-loving homes. If you’re familiar with the game Apples to Apples, it works in a similar fashion. One person reads a card with a question or fill-in-the-blank statement (such as, “Don’t go in the bathroom, there’s a ____ in there”). Then, everyone else responds with a card that they believe will get the most laughs.
Cards Against Humanity takes it a step further, making almost every card sexual, crude, violent, morbid, or just generally inappropriate. To cut to the chase, this version is definitely not for kids — sometimes it’s even too much for some adults. The good news is there’s a Family Edition which takes out all the R-rated material, and replaces it with content more suitable for kids. So if you’ve been looking for card games for kids, this review will tell you everything you need to know!
Harmful Content ❗️
As far as harmful content, it’s the poop jokes and potty language that takes the lion’s share. There also might be icky food imagery and some generally gross depictions. For instance, you might find something like, “Filling my butt with spaghetti” in the deck. For some families, this is all in good fun but for others, this may not align with your values. The goal of the game is to be shocking and get a reaction out of your playmates, so keep that in mind if you decide to play with your kids.
One suggestion would be to go through the deck before your family plays and take out the cards that go a little too far for your taste. That way, you can play knowing you won’t be caught off guard by something you’d prefer your kids not read or hear.
There are cards that include the words “hell,” “crap,” or “idiot.”
Words such as “boobies,” “tongue kissing,” or “butthole” are included on some of the cards.
Cards can include somewhat violent actions, such as “getting kicked in the nuts.”
Positive Value 💫
This game has proven to give families tons of laughter and quality time. All you have to do is read the reviews — parents talk about the endless giggles and fond memories they have playing with their kids. Some even play with the grandparents! So if your family is due for some belly-cramping, can’t-catch-your-breath laughter — this may the game for you!