Reviewed by David Savage
We have lots of board games in our house and we love playing them. I have just had a look at what we have, and a vast majority are aimed at children or families with young children. We don’t have an awful lot for teenagers and adults. With children having too much screen time, especially teenagers, we have been looking at ways to reduce screen time while having spending time as a family doing things. With the weather being so bad lately, we needed something to do indoors and board games are a great way of doing this. With us not having many board or table top games for teenagers and adults, we were delighted to receive Relative Insanity from Interplay as this is aimed at ages 14+ and is definitely something for older children as well as adults.
Relative Insanity, created by American comedian Jeff Foxworthy, is not actually a board but a table top card game. There is no board, dice or counters, just 500 cards. So, while some of you may already be rolling your eyes at the thought of playing a card game, this is completely different and absolutely hilarious.
In the box there are:
- 400 Punch Line Cards (Yellow cards)
- 100 Setup Cards (Red cards)
Relative Insanity is a game for 4-12 players ages 14 years and upwards. But be warned, if you get offended easily, this probably isn’t the game for you. This game makes a comedian out of everyone, and some of the answers are just insane, outrageous and hilarious.
The idea of the game is extremely simple – the first to get five points wins! Each player is dealt 7 Punch Line Cards (the yellow ones) with the rest placed face down in the centre of the table. The Setup Cards (the red ones) are placed face down separately in the centre of the table, separate from the Punch Line Cards.
In most games the youngest player goes first, not in Relative Insanity! The person who owns the game gets to start (that would be me). The player then takes a red Setup Card and reads it aloud, “When my brother brought out his new baby to show to the family, Granny blurted out…”
Now the other players look through their yellow Punch Line Cards and chooses one to complete the phrase, for example “Does he ever take his hand out of his pants?” or “That boy ain’t right in the head”. They pass their card, face down, to the reader of the red card. When every player has passed over their card, the cards are shuffled so you don’t know who gave what card. The red card is then read out loud again followed by each yellow card. This brings lots of laughter from the various punch lines, but the reader has to decide which one was funniest and whoever gave that card to the reader is awarded a point (this is done by handing the red card to that player). The used cards then go out of play and the players all then replenish their yellow cards by taking another from the pile. The play then continues (from the left of the reader) and starts again with that player becoming the new reader. The first player to collect five red cards is the winner.
Example game play round:
- Avery reads the Setup Card, “While walking past my sister’s bedroom, I heard her say…”
- Mary, Scott, Ryan and Julie hand over the Punch Line Cards to finish the phrase:
- “Hell yeah they’re real!”
- “It’s not my fault! It just popped out!”
- “I think there was weed in the brownies!”
- “Give him a break, he just got out of jail.”
- Avery chooses “While walking past my sister’s bedroom, I heard her say… Hell yeah they’re real!” as the funniest (after much laughter!).
- Scott reveals that’s the card he played (of course!), so he takes the red Setup Card as a point!
Overall, Relative Insanity is a fantastic, hilarious and fun party game for family and friends. It is a toned-down version of Cards Against Humanity so is more suitable for families with older children but if you are of very conservative nature, or devoid of humour, then you may have a problem with some of the punch lines; whilst not really offensive, it might cause some blushes. With punch lines such as “She only seems stupid when she talks.” and “I just vomited a little bit in my mouth.” it is guaranteed to give everyone a laugh and get everyone away from their phones, tablets, televisions and other screens.
Definitely a winner for families with older children, good friends and parties. We’ll be getting it out again for after Christmas dinner and once the kids are in bed, and it would be even funnier after a couple of glasses of wine! With 400 punch lines to 100 different setup cards, the different combinations ensure that you will be able to enjoy this game for a very long time.
For more information or to buy visit interplayuk.com.