Cards Against Humanity is a party game designed to induce painful and cringe-worthy moments. Parenting, almost by definition, is a daily collection of nothing but. It was only a matter of time before somebody came out with a version of the game for mom and dad ⏤ it’s called KinderPerfect and is currently available for pre-order.
Until now, Punderdome ⏤ a game designed to celebrate all the bad dad jokes ⏤ was about as close as we’ve gotten to a parent-friendly take on the popular word association game. It’s funny (and fun to play) but hardly captures the true hilarity that comes with raising kids. KinderPerfect does just that. Designed by a couple from Washington DC (with an 8- and a 9-year-old) and billed as “a party game for parents,” it’s essentially CAH but with every card posing a question or scenario that every parent can relate to. And there’s a reason for that: the cards were crowdsourced by other parents ⏤ 800 of them, to be exact. They submitted over 7,000 questions and answers, which were then combined with the ones the creators had already devised/ been mixing into their own games of CAH with friends.
Play is the same as Cards. One player, the ‘parent,’ reads a red question card and each member of the group submits a funny answer. The parent then chooses the winning reply, and that player becomes the questioner in the next round. Easy enough. So, when the question Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? is posed, obviously, you know the answer. It’s a red bird. Or more likely, a half-assed drawing taped to the refrigerator. Much funnier, although equally as likely to make you want to gouge your eyes out.
Other humorous cards include Why does mommy drink?, We were late to the school bus because ________, and What is smeared on the wall?. The answer to that last one, of course: The eternal question: Poop or Chocolate?
The original game, which launched last year after a successful Kickstarter campaign, included 210 cards. That version is still available as a free PDF printable download on the website for “crafty Pinterest” parents. Right now, the creators are back with a new 400-card version that costs $25 and ships November 20th. Much like the original, it’s a blast to play own but is also designed to be integrated into a traditional game of CAH.
And finally, if you’re one of those clever parents who consistently comes up with funny witticisms, questions, and answers about the daily rigors of wiping butts and sucking snot, they are currently working on “elementary school” and “tween expansion packs.” And they need your help. You can submit on their website and if one of your question-and-answer cards makes it in, you get a free game. Until then, though, feel free to pre-order your new version now, just in time for the holidays.