Do you ever want to have a game night but don’t have enough people to play? Or would you like to play a game with family and friends but they live a thousand miles away? THQ Inc. and Mattel are helping bring families everywhere together for digital game night with Apples to Apples™, the game of hilarious comparisons, on their favorite game consoles. Additional social and mobile applications are set to launch later this winter.
My family won’t be together this Christmas but we can still interact and play together with Apples to Apples™ on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360®. The digital versions of Apples to Apples™ have social gaming connectivity capabilities, so we can play family and friends anytime, anywhere – together, down the street or across the country! Last year my brother was in NY with his in-laws for Thanksgiving and called me during their game night, I was so bummed they were having fun and I was missing him. But with Apples to Apples we could all play together even though we’re more than 1,000 miles apart.
I was given the opportunity to download the game to my Xbox and give it a try. A friend also downloaded the game and we hopped into a game lobby, waited for others to join us and started a game. I had not played the board game version of Apples to Apples and so it took me a few minutes to learn the game. In a multi-player game on Xbox Live you must have at least three players, one of the cool features is that you can set a custom game and set it to private slots, so you could play just friends and family if they were all online!
- Play online with up to five of your friends in classic mode or in all new game modes, Backed Apples and Crab Apples!
- Choose from 26 hilarious Apple Avatars (I’m using the football player avatar)
- Customize the game with quirky environments like Space Apples, Wild West Apples and Carnival Apples!
- Win games and collect special Golden Apple Cards that offer surprising twists to gameplay!
Here’s how the game works: The digital game is played with 3-6 people, although the card game allows for more. There’s also a single player option (I’ll discuss it later). The game is split into rounds, and each round has a judge. The judge is given a green card, with an adjective on it like “frisky” or “stunning.” Other players have several red cards with nouns on them like “Keith Richards” or “funeral home.” The players pick the red card they think is closest in comparison to the judge’s green card. The red cards are shuffled so you can’t guess which player submitted which, and the judge picks one. The player who wins the round scores a point. The game goes until one player collects the predetermined amount of points to win the game, default is six.
There are also golden cards, which give players the power to steal another player’s point or force another player to miss the round.These can be opted-out. They also plan to release new downloadable content for the console versions including: new Golden Apple cards, party backgrounds, and new playable apples. Over 1,000 additional cards are also bundled into the content packs to keep gameplay fresh and exciting.
I’ve played several rounds of the multi-player game and found it to be entertaining, funny and enjoyable. When you play to six points the game’s go fast and are fun, but when you have a six player game and play to let’s say 10 points it can run long, maybe 20-30 minutes. And another thing I noticed is you end up playing games with a lot of the same people over and over, not that big of a deal but eventually playing with the same people starts to feel a little predictable. But overall, its a lot of fun and I’m encouraging friends and family with Xbox consoles to download the game so we can play with each other.
Note: Some players choose cards/answers as if they were taking a pop quiz, very intense and seriously and others like myself, answer with what they think is the funniest answer. For example, if the green card was “excruciating” and the red cards were: amusement park, steak, truck, surgery or family vacations, the serious person would answer “surgery” whereas my answer would be family vacations. But none of the players have the same choices, so my red cards would be different than yours.
In single player mode, you’re given a board with a green card on the left, a game board similar to word search in the middle and three red cards on the right (see picture). You choose the word from one of the red cards that best matches the green card and then highlight the letters on the board to spell the word before time runs out. But as the rounds get more difficult the comparisons didn’t make much sense to me.
I found the single player mode to be a bit strange, that being said I’d mastered the single player game in 30 minutes. But if I wasn’t playing it for the purpose of reviewing I wouldn’t choose to play it in single player mode.
Later this winter, Apples to Apples™ will be available on Facebook and mobile devices. You’ll be able to join existing games within the growing Apples to Apples™ community, or create your own custom game for friends and favorite players. Innovative cross-platform play means the experience is as mobile as it is social. Facebook users can challenge their friends using their smartphones for a connected digital experience. In Facebook and mobile application gameplay, players earn Apple Coins, Apple Cash and Apple Achievements, which unlock additional avatars, playing cards and themed backgrounds.
I’m looking forward to the Facebook and mobile versions so I can play while on the go, waiting in a doctor’s office or in line at the grocery store, plus I can play more friends since not everyone has a gaming console!
Apples to Apples™ is available now on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 (800 Microsoft Points), PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 ($9.99 USD).
*Disclaimer: I received a product or services in exchange for sharing this information with my readers. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.