“That Dirty ____-ing Card Game” comes in a box that resembles Cards Against Humanity, though played more like a complicated MadLibs. I love Cards Against Humanity, so I had high expectations… but unfortunately, they weren’t meant. The stories simply weren’t that interesting and the game was a bit slow… but if you enjoy a slower-paced naughty game that’s made for chill nights rather than parties, it might be right for you.
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How to Play
One person reads a story from the story book, and when they come to a blank, the card players have to place the appropriate card. There are four kinds of cards: Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, and Adverbs. Adjectives can only be played with nouns, and adverbs can only be played with verbs. You could play that everyone puts down cards for each blank – but that gets cumbersome quickly. You should have one or two cards per blank. The instructions don’t detail how to decide who gets to fill the blank, so we went back and forth between the two players until they were able to properly fill the blank. Once all blanks in the story are filled, the card players add up the points of the cards in the hand. Each card is worth 5, 10, or 15 points. The goal is to have the least points. A full game is when every player has read a story.
It was challenging to figure out how you’re supposed to play this game. Once my fellow players and I figured it out, we faced the challenge of finding the space for the cards and determining the easiest way to read through them. Once we got the hang of it, it was at least a little fun to play. I played games with two and three people total. It was logistically easier with two people, but it made more sense with three.
I think the stories could be more creative. There are 40 “innocent stories”, as they are called in the directions. They are intentionally dull so that the words can stand out, but I think they need more than slightly saucy words to be fun. With any Mad Lib sort of set up, not every word placed in the blanks is going to work – it may not work well grammatically or it not make sense in context – so I wish the stories were more fun on their own.
Overall, I would not recommend this game because it’s too drawn out to deliver the light-hearted fun you look for in a dirty card game. Instead, I’d prefer MadLibs with a word bank of dirty words. But, if you don’t mind a slower-paced game for a chill night, you might like this dirty version!
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