Relative Insanity Game Review
Undeniably funny and hilarious
Genuine, witty, relatable scenarios
Very simple to play and easy to comprehend
Excellent for family bonding time
High quality cardboard materials
Affordable price for a durable game
Some punchlines have drug related and sexual references which might be found inappropriate by conservative players.
How it works
We all know that family gatherings can be stressful with all of your relatives asking you when you are you getting married, how’s your debt payment going or judging your parenting skills. It is always convenient to come up with a way to entertain everyone however playing charades or guessing games are so outdated that almost nobody wants to participate in them. By the end of the dinner, you are already wondering when is your uncle Phil going to stop preaching about politics and loosen up a little.
Well there is a hilarious game on the market that will most likely leave you bursting in tears by the end of the night, and it will most definitely leave you in anticipation for the next time you see your loved ones. It might resemble other card games but its content is truly one of a kind.
Created by the famous comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Relative Insanity is an extremely funny and unconventional card game because its main characters are actually your family members. There are multiple imaginary scenarios that evolve around funny made up family situations that will make you giggle, laugh and actually enjoy the hectic family events.
Who knows, maybe by the end of the playing session you will not dread the Thanksgiving event or the Christmas gathering, as instead, you will learn to accept everyone’s flaws and look forward to spending more times with your wacky relatives.
As a famous comedian he already had the experience of writing jokes, but this time he decided to only write 400 punchlines of things that sounded funny yet did not have the same ending effect as a joke, followed by a 100 set ups that involved relatives. This way by connecting the punchlines with the set up cards, the players can get a chance to create their own jokes and compete in creating the funniest one.
Since then the game has been presented on various respectable mediums and played by Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Ray and many people around the world who can relate to the craziness that happens when you gather all your family members together in one room.
When unpacking the storing box, you will find the introduction rule-book as well as the two decks of yellow and red cards, carefully divided in 3 different piles, red being in the middle, and the yellow ones on the sides. The introduction guide will explain the rules which are pretty simple.
All you have to do is give each player seven yellow cards which are the funny Punchlines, without looking at the content on the cards, and place the red Set Up cards in the middle also with the content facing the table so the players are surprised each time they pick one up.
The objective of the game is to win the Set Up cards by coming up with the most hilarious remark. Anyone who makes the funniest joke and make most laughs will score a point by receiving the red card, so at the end of the game, the person with the most Set Up cards in his/her corner, would be crowned as a winner and as the craziest relative in the room.
It is truly a great group activity as it requires each member to be equally engaged and literally no one is spared. For example, every time you win a red card, you get to be the judge and decide whose joke is the funniest, and you also get to laugh on the expense on every member of your family.
The whole idea is to loosen up the whole seriousness when family gatherings are taking place, since each individual has its own role that has to maintain. By representing everyone as insane and crazy, relatives get to be themselves and relax rather than to try to impress everyone on the table and keep a dignified front during dinner. Just imagine your strict aunt Karen rolling in laughter with tears of joy every time someone makes an indecent joke.
There is also a hilarious tension that happens each time players select their punchlines and hand over to the judging member. The judge gets to shuffle the cards and read each one of them with the set up included at the beginning. This way the game seems more objective since no one truly knows who made the joke and the anticipation of hearing the next line is exhilarating. Imagine finding out that Grandpa actually has the wackiest sense of humor in the whole family?
Ease of Use
Every round there is an additional new yellow card so each member can have 7 options of punchlines and every time you win the Set Up card you become the Judge and you get to pick the winner. You might think that the simple system will make the game pass very fast however keep in mind that the whole game-playing experience will be flooded with witty comments, making fun of your relatives, taking long breaks for laughing and remembering funny memories that relate to the scenarios.
For example, you might get the following Set Up scenario: “I will never forget the day my grandpa said to me… (blank).” And the punchlines might involve: “My only regret is my job, my marriage and my children!” or “Does this feel swollen to you?” It is very entertaining and each round various different sets will have you laughing at simple sentences such as: “Having no filter between her brain and her mouth, my aunt said to my sister…. (blank).” This could be followed by a yellow card saying: “Well, at least Jesus loves you.”
Moreover, there are red cards that say: “I will never forget when my mother looked at me and said… (blank).” The possible answer could be: “You were conceived in a car wash.” It seems shocking however it is straightforward amusing. The creativity of Jeff’s mind might have you reading: “Right before we walked down the aisle, daddy leaned over to me and whispered (blank) - I’m not wearing any underwear.” It is almost impossible not to get a reaction from the audience.
The game is ended when one player has won 5 Set Up cards. And it’s also fun that the judge gets the final vote on who gets the red card. It makes relatives guess which card would impress their family member the most and make assumptions based on their character. This way you get to know their humorist tendencies and start appreciating quality time with your family members.
It has so many different outcomes that if you manage to keep it in a good condition, you will have a valuable and hilarious item to pass on from a generation to another. Its versatility also allows to play it over and over again without getting bored so we can all agree that that is truly the meaning of money well spent.
Now the punchlines might be too much for overly conservative and religious people, which let’s face it, we all know someone of that profile in our family, however it’s about time we create a more comfortable space amongst our love ones even if it means spotting some blushed cheeks in the audience. The longer you play it, the more people will begin to realize that everyone share the same family struggles and insecurities and soon enough you will begin to accept everyone’s quirky side.
It is truly a humbling experience to be able to interact with different personalities and age ranges through a fun and extremely hilarious journey. Since it’s a card game, you can take it on holiday trips, vacations, summer camps, college, sleepovers, dinner parties, almost everywhere. It is truly a long-lasting investment that will create a great emotional bond with your close ones and will leave you in tears of laughter whenever you get a chance to play it. With that said, not trying Relative Insanity would be truly insane.