[...] This is a great twist on the original with the worst card, as selected by the judge, getting a lighthearted punishment from the sour apple spinner. The double sided cards are not confusing. You still use green cards when you are the judge and red cards when you are not [...] This was a Christmas gift and the whole family enjoyed it. Some highlights include updated references in the cards and the elimination of passing, which always resulted in that one junk hand with no good cards being passed around by the end of the game. I can't recommend this enough, if you are a fan of the original you will love this one. The only reason I took off one star for quality is I could see the green apple spinner eventually not working very well. Buy with confidence--a great time will be had by all.
I guess it's a matter of taste, but unlike other reviewers, I thought this was an excellent alternative to classic Apples to Apples. The double-ended cards were not confusing to us. One end is nouns and the other end is adjectives, so if you've made it past 3rd grade, you really ought to be able to play this game without puzzlement.
The "sour apple" part of the game involves using the apple-spinner to get a punishment if your card was the least-liked by the judge. I thought it was a little silly, and I probably wouldn't use that aspect of the game every time I played, but if you have a large enough group of people, it could be worthwhile. However, I do love the spinner itself, which looks like a green apple. It's adorable.
I played this game at a friend's house and I will be purchasing my own soon. Waiting for a sale because I think it's kind of overpriced.
Love the game! We play as couples against each other and have worn out six machines. We play every week and track all our scores and love to review the statistics. Biggest complaint we have is No Replacement Cards! It seems as though Mattel wants to sell just the machines. It is hard to justify the price of a new machine just to get new cards.