This is essentially a change-up to the concept of Cards Against Humanity, and that’s entirely fine. It takes the base idea, goes a bit further quite honestly and adds in a board. Now, with that board I actually feel that’s a bit of a disadvantage in regards to what this is trying to provide. It’s better without one, at the same time the board is what does make this stand out against similar options. The game is setup for three to fifteen plus players. It scales efficiently, and I think this would kill it in a party environment.
With that scaling, it does suffer a bit at smaller player numbers since you basically just whip through the board. I think there needs to be a certain level of scaling when it comes to the space to jump through, as games can be done very swiftly. You can essentially go past a whole board on a single turn. You do get four board pieces, but the point still stands that it can be rather fast to go through. The just of the game is that its host decided. This host is essentially a judge, presenting a grey card.
The rest of the players will select from their hand of pink cards, something they find funny. The judge picks a winner and then that individual will move forward. There’s a number at the bottom of the grey card, and the colored aspects of the board they land on will filter into it. Once that’s done, another individual will take the host spot. This setup is interesting, but not expansive enough to carry games on for awhile. If you have more players present, this works out better though so you may need to adjust the rules more based on your particular group.
In this package you get eight hundred and ten cards; four board pieces, sixteen player pieces and four placeholders. There’s also a rulebook and a quick start guide. What’s really neat and great about this game is that they offer room for you to create your own content on their website.
In general this game is ripe for expansions, and even player created content which I think is an awesome option. The game is stacked with a seriously high quantity of cards, and that in turn leads to lots of replay value. You can play this an almost endless amount of times and it should be different each time you go at. It would take a very long time to burn through a deck of this size and it has some fairly funny phrases.
I liked the looks of the cards, and it’s a very clean package overall. It has a lot of unique value to it, and it can provide some good laughs. It can basically get as twisted as your group is when it comes to the humor that’s deployed during play. There’s decent color coordinating within the cards, and the board uses a neat selection of color options too.
Game of HAM is certainly a solid option for the more mature party audience, with a vast selection of cards and a good sense of humor to it. That being said; I found the board to be a weaker element of what this is, and it might be worthwhile to adjust your play to not using it. It could work well in regards to larger groups, but smaller ones whip through the game too fast using it. It’s not necessarily the most unique sort of option in modern times, but it’s fun and does stand on its own.
It offers impressive replayability, and I loved that they made it so easy to expand the game if you wanted to. Not in the sense of having to grab expansions, but in that you could easily make your own content if you wanted to. I think that’s a nice addition here outside of the plethora of card options it comes with.
I do also think expansions might be a welcomed idea for this too. It’s a quirky sort of weird game, and it works in providing some laughs along the way. If you’re a fan of Cards Against Humanity, or similar card games then this will fit right in with those as being a good option. I think even outside of that this can be quite enjoyable for the right group of players to create some dark humor with one another.
Game of HAM Review
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