Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


From the daughter-father duo that created Brooklyn’s beloved live pun competition comes Punderdome, the “Punderful card game [that] will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party” (

One part game, one part conversation starter, you don’t need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way.

A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts.

When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards.

Every Game Set Comes With:
· 200 double-sided cards (100 White and 100 Green)
· 2 Mystery Envelopes with fill-in prize slips
· 2 80-page pads for drafting puns
· 1 instruction card and 1 pun example card
· A stu-PUN-dous time for 3 or more players


This sounded like a fun game.  Well, if you just read the questions and answers that are already on the cards, those puns are pretty funny.   And if you have a quick thinking brain that can work up an answer in 90 seconds, you might come up with some funny puns.   But I'm afraid for me I'm just not quite that quick of a thinker and so it becomes more of a strain the brain project rather than a fun game.  The more people you have, it becomes a little easier because you can pair up with 1 or 2 other people.  One thing that can make it easier to digest was the mystery envelopes that hold prizes.  That's a pretty cool idea.   Problem is, you have to win to get a prize and if you can't come up with any puns... well... let's just say I wasn't that impressed with this game.   Maybe if we tweaked the rules a little bit.  :)

*Thanks to Blogging For Books for a complimentary copy of this game for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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