What do you Meme? A party game for a social media generation

Memes are a social media phenomenon. In case you are not sure what exactly a meme is: The message on the What do you Meme? box tells you that “A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text etc that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by internet users”. But you don’t need to be a social media expert or a millennial to play this game. You don’t need to have even seen a meme to play “What do you Meme?” You just need to have a sense of humour and are on the lookout for a fun party game to play IRL. (in real life)

What do you Meme? is becoming the go to party game giving “Cards against Humanity” a run for its money. Its great fun and is really easy to play and simple to learn. It is not for the faint of heart or those who might find many of the memes offensive. Play it at your own risk! This game is an adult party game, it’s definitely not for kids, the box recommends for ages 17 and above.

The game plays out like many other situation scenario card games. This time you have memes as prompts. Gather at least two friends to play the game but the more the better. It will be funnier with more people adding their memes into the mix. There are two packs of cards in the game, one is a pack of photos. On the photos there are common political figures, animations, cute animals and kids doing their thing. The second pack of cards is a caption pack with lots of different captions. Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing caption cards with the photo card in play!

Each player draws seven caption cards from the deck. One of the players is the judge, this is decided by who has the most Instagram followers. But figure out your own rule if you don’t like this one. The judge rotates at every round. The judge chooses a photo card from the deck and puts it on the easel in front of them so everyone can see it. Every player except the judge selects a caption card from their hand that they think will be the funniest meme to match the photo. The caption cards get handed to the judge face down and they get shuffled. The judge then reads them out one at a time and judges which is the funniest card in their opinion.

The player who played that card is the winner of the round and they get to keep the photo card. Every player draws back up to seven caption cards and the next round begins. The player to the left of the judge becomes the judge in the next round. If you get a bad hand and want to change it you can. But it will cost you one of your photo cards (the ones which give you points to win). You can also personalise the game by adding some of your own photos into the game for extra fun. But if you do this make sure you have a thick skin as your friends can be brutal with their memes. As the box says… Play until you’re hungry, at which point stop playing and order a pizza. Play for as long as you like and the player who collects the most photo cards wins!

The key to this type of game is really down to the people playing and knowing your audience. Some memes and captions might be offensive to some. That said for others it will leave tears streaming down their faces from laughing so hard! If you are out to win this game you need to know what the judge might find funny and play that card!

It’s as simple as that to play and learn! With 360 caption cards in the pack you can have hours of fun! If you can’t get enough there lots of expansion packs. Some to get started are “Fresh Memes” expansion #1 and expansion #2 with 90 captions and 25 photo cards in each. I really enjoyed playing this game, its a fun easy game, a fantastic game to pull out when you have a few friends round.

If you like this game and want to see more like it, check out Cards Against Humanity, Incohearent or Exploding Kittens (NSFW)

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