We love Apples to Apples (and its cousin Loaded Questions, which we make particularly foul). It’s great if you have a group of people over at a party; it always makes an appearance at our annual Halloween mechaparty, since it goes so well with liquor and a big group. Usually when we get tired of musical chairs Rock Band and people are starting to get a bit soused.
The custom cards add a lot of flavor. One of our favorites is “The Current Judge”, which lends to some interesting plays and good laughs. (Generally flattering or insulting, respectively.) We also have a few others in the different boxes we have. Most of them are pretty crude, but I know Ralph Wiggum is one we’ve had a lot of fun with.
No accounting for taste though. I’ve made some brilliant – well, in my opinion – plays that went right over the head of the judge. The only time I didn’t enjoy myself is when we had a person who just wasn’t terribly smart, and picked her favorite card each time, rather than the one that was applicable to the played card.
We also do some variations:
Playing green cards on top of red (so you have adjectives instead of nouns)
Double green cards (two adjectives, you have to match both) - great if everyone’s played the classic game