Review: Curious Humans

Is it possible? Could we finally have found a game that does Cards Against Humanity better than Cards Against Humanity? Marcus takes a look at Curious Humans, the latest entry into the icebreaking party game genre.

This game is not a carbon copy of Cards Against Humanity, don’t worry, but it can happily take its place on the store shelf right next to it. Curious Humans is an icebreaker party game that has players making statements that their friends have to decide is true or false about that person. What makes it as naughty as Cards Against Humanity is that the statements come in four categories; sexy, awkward, controversial and general. The advantage Curious Humans has over Cards is that the categories are colour coded so you can filter out the more risque categories to make the game safe for work, or a little more PG for otherwise corruptible minds. The sexy category includes questions like “I have used hot wax during sex”, the awkward category; “I have spread a rumour about someone I didn’t like”, the Controversial category; “I believe 9/11 was an inside job” and the general category “I am scared of heights”. Players are given five category cards, a “true” card and a “false” card. Each player takes turns playing a category card and their true or false answer face down next to it. Each other player then lays their true or false card down based on what they think the answer will be. Once cards are revealed you compare the correct answer the other answers given. If more players were wrong then the player wins the card. If more players were right the card is discarded. Collect seven cards to win the game. To make things more interesting and to combat hand clog, meta cards have been included in the game that lets you pass cards to other players, discard hand clog or even force players to play certain cards. Again, it’s your choice whether to include those cards or not.

Playing this game was an absolute laugh riot! You are obliged to be honest about your answer when it’s your turn because dishonesty kind of breaks the game, not that it can really be policed other than by someone who knows you extremely well. Not that couples with intimate knowledge of each other haven’t got anything to learn from a game like this. When this game hasn’t got you in stitches, it has you in deep and meaningful conversation which has been a unique gaming experience for me. I’ll play a card like “If I could travel back in time, I would kill Adolf Hitler” put my answer down as False and then justify my reason why, you should never mess with the space time continuum! This sparks friendly debate on the merits of one’s argument. Some cards are a little vague in their meaning and this has been done deliberately to allow for the “weasel factor”. One card might state “I have never bought a salad from McDonalds”, people might look at my figure and determine that statement to be true, but I put down false because I have purchased salads for other people. This game offers a whole bunch of suggestions for house rules, including a mulligan mechanic, a final round, and even a drinking game variant.

Some of the down sides are the fact that the cards have been printed on a unique kind of card stock that does not react nicely to the oils in your skin. Even after one game, the cards that are used the most (true and false cards) were starting to show signs of wear and tear. If you are the kind of person that is concerned about the resale value of your games, I highly recommend you sleeve your cards to avoid this issue. The box it comes in, neatly holds all of the included cards, but leaves no room for future expansions. This means that as your game grows, you’re going to need to keep the individual components separate if you wish to store them in the original packaging. Longevity is an issue too, but this is the case with all games in this particular genre. However, this game might hold more longevity than most games in it’s class because each card is a different experience every time a new player plays it, whereas you can only hear about being “balls deep in a squealing pig” so many times before the joke loses its humour.

Depending on the success of this game, the developers have a decent plan for its future. There are a number of planned expansions in the works, some of which include entirely new categories while others merely expand on the existing categories. There are plans to include a party themed expansion that focuses on the players in the room with cards such as “I have had sex with two or more players in the room” and “I would prefer to have a threesome with the two players on my right than the two players on my left”.  There is also a morbid themed expansion with cards like “I have performed CPR on someone not breathing” and “I would prefer to die this year than live forever”. The good thing about these expansions is you can include them or not to suit the tastes and inhibitions of your group (or lack thereof).

Curious Humans being enjoyed at Vault Games.

Overall this is a fantastic game that literally had me in tears with laughter. Just like with Cards Against Humanity, you need to all agree to leave your inhibitions at the door before you play. But if you’re a fan of the genre, this game is a must-have for your collection.

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