A Free Version Of "Cards Against Humanity" Is Now Online
The third-party game for horrible people.
By now you're probably familiar with the "party game for horrible people," Cards Against Humanity.
Well now there is an unofficial app for the game, cleverly titled "Cards Against Originality," which the designer has described as a "shameless copy of the real Cards Against Humanity."
This blatant ripoff, which contains every Cards Against Humanity card (including all five expansion sets), is actually legal due to the original game's Creative Commons license. In fact, during an interview with Engadget, Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin addressed the app, stating that one of their goals since the beginning has been for fans of the game to "take Cards Against Humanity and remix it into their own original things."
The app version is seemingly simple enough: Start a new game, share the link, and play with your friends.
As the judge (the holder of the black prompt card), you'll get notified how many people have submitted and a bouncing white playing card will pop up on your screen.
From there, you can look at the responses and select a winner.
Unfortunately, when several of us tried to play, we realized that being on the other end pretty much sucks. Whether the app was just buggy or simply how it always works, we found it fairly difficult to click-and-drag the white cards.
On top of that, YOU CAN'T SEE THE BLACK PROMPT CARD!
Then you just wait around as the other players submit (which can take a while due to the slow click-and-drag feature) until eventually a winner is chosen.
If your card wasn't chosen, you have no idea what the winning card said and a new game loads where you must, again, submit without seeing the black card.
This is essentially the main reason why Cards Against Humanity doesn't have an official app. As Temkin points out, "One of the best parts of playing Cards Against Humanity is just having an analogue experience with people and making your friends laugh."
And he's right. The feeling of winning online just isn't the same when you're not with a group of people and the fun part of the game is really hearing what everyone else submitted.
With that being said, feel free to check it out for yourself and try it with your friends. The web app is free and available for phones, tablets, and desktops.
Update - Mar. 12, 3:00 p.m., ET:
According to Dawson Whitfield, the creator of Cards Against Originality, this app was "explicitly designed so you have to be WITH your friends." So rather than an online version, Cards Against Originality instead serves as a handy replacement deck.