Crappy Birthday Review (North Star Games)

What It Is

In Crappy Birthday, it's okay to give bad gifts. The point of the game is to prank your friends with gifts they don't want. To start, each player receives five gift cards. Then one player is chosen as the first gift receiver. Every other player chooses a gift from their hand that the gift receiver will NOT want and places that card face-down on the table. The gift receiver mixes up the gift cards, flips them over one at a time, and reads them out loud. Bad gifts could include "Scrapbooking for a week" or a "Chick Flick Marathon - Explore your emotions all weekend long." The gift receiver then selects the gift he or she dislikes the most. The person who gave the chosen gift gets one point. He or she puts the card face-up in front of them to track scoring. Put the other gifts that were given into a discard pile. Then another round begins with another gift receiver. The first player to three points wins. Crappy Birthday comes with 200 gift cards and instructions. It is for four to eight players.

Is It Fun?

Crappy Birthday is a humorous game that is very easy to learn and play. The gameplay is similar to Apples to Apples where one player serves as a "judge" and all other players attempt to play a card that will be chosen by the judge. The bad gifts are really funny, and we like the accompanying pictures for each gift. While playing this party game, you might just learn something new about your friends and family. For instance, a gift that one person hates is something the person next to them loves.

Who It’s For

Crappy Birthday is for ages 12 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The content in the game is pretty clean, but it can get a little crazy and off-color when players are looking through the cards.

As with any good game, the social interaction around the play is going to depend on the individuals playing.

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy