How to play Apples to apples?

In this article, I will introduce you to the basic rules of the card game Apples to apples and show you how to play. The object of the game is to be the first player to earn four to eight green apple cards depending on how many players there are.

Gameplay

Pick one player to be the first judge. He deals seven red apple cards to each player including himself. The judge draws the top green apple card from the deck. He then reads the word aloud and places it face-up on the table. Every other player now races to place a red apple card from their hand that they think is best described by the green apple word facedown on the table.

If you’re playing with six or more players then the last red apple card played is returned to the player. If you are playing with four or five players then players are allowed to play down up to two red apple cards from their hand one at a time. And, the first five red apple cards on the table are accepted and all others stay with the players.

The judge mixes up the facedown red apple cards so no one knows who played which card. The judge turns over each red apple card and reads them aloud. Then, he picks the one they think is best described by the word on the green apple card. The player of the selected red apple card receives the green apple card played by the judge. The judge collects all the played red apple cards from the round. Then, he discards them to the bottom of the box. Each player draws red apple cards until they have seven in their hands. The role of the judge passes clockwise and the process repeats until someone has enough green apple cards to win.

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