This is the official description:
Apples to Apples is the wild, award-winning card and party game that provides instant fun for 4-10 players! It's as easy as comparing apples to apples. Just open the box, deal the cards, and you're ready to play! Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. And everyone gets a chance to be the judge! This sturdy party box edition contains the entire collection of cards from the original Apples to Apples Core Game plus Expansion Sets 1 and 2.
My description is: There are two sets of cards. One with adjectives (descriptive words) and the other set nouns and pronouns (things, places, and people). Each card has one word on it with an explanation of what that word means.
Everyone gets 7 nouns cards. Players take turns pulling a card from the adjectives deck. They share that word with everyone. Then each player passes a card they think that person will choose as the best match for the card they drew. Cards are passed face down and then mixed up so that they don’t know who chose what word. The first person to get their card chosen 5 times, wins!
The thing that makes this game so much fun is you have to make your choice of which card to pass to the person choosing answers based on how they would think. Lost? Me too! But I’m going to keep trying to describe this game. This isn’t easy!
An example of a round would be Cara pulls the word “Tricky”. Everyone looks at the words on their seven cards. Emily might lay down “card game”, Anna might lay down “magic”, Jim might lay down “Richard Nixon”. All are good answers, but it all comes down to what would Cara choose… Clear as mud now? Thought so.
We had two adults (some would question that…), and a 8, 10, and 12 year old playing. Apples to Apples is best played ages 12 up. Miss 10 year old Cara, though, is pretty darn smart and held her own. Anna (8) and I played as a team. Emily (12) was in her element and won the game.
And that, my friends, is Apples to Apples. It sneaks a bit of learning into a fun game.P.S. They also make Apples to Apples for younger children.