Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

Brand: Penguin Random House
Manufacturer: Clarkson Potter
ISBN 1101905654
EAN: 9781101905654
Category: Awesome Stuff
List Price: $20.00
Price: $18.00  (127 customer reviews)
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Dimension: 5.58 x 3.69 x 2.40 inches
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Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

From the daughter-father duo that created Brooklyn's beloved live pun competition, the "Punderful card game [that] will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party." (Mashable)

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.

• 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


  • Make up hilarious punchlines with your family and friends in this hilarious party game
  • A great way to breath new life into your party game collection
  • Similar to other popular games, a rotating judge gets to decide which pun is best each round
  • Based on the Brooklyn, NY cult-hit TV show of the same name
  • Perfect gift for anyone with a sense of humor

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Top Reviews

I didn't play by the rules and this game ruled!!
by Eric Brodie (5 out of 5 stars)
June 30, 2016

Here's how I played this game. My 3 friends and I sat in a circle, drew green and white cards, and looked at them until we had a puns. When we had one, we'd lay down our cards and say whatever silly thing we'd come up with - or if we couldn't come up with one, we'd draw new ones, no big deal! We were whipping through the deck quick as could be. About 50% of our jokes were funny, but we didn't care. It was quick, mentally stimulating, and really funny (with plenty of good pun-groans).

When we ran out of cards we just shuffled and we were back in business. Did anyone win? Nope. Did we have fun? Absolutely. I had brought this game on vacation with friends and they were constantly asking to play.

I cannot speak to the rules or rulebook or any of the other material contained there in as I did not read/use any of them. But if you love puns, I would 100% recommend this game if only for the well thought out and structured green/white cards which you can use for endless fun.

BONUS: There are hilarious pun jokes on the back of the cards which I discovered during my 3rd play through. Just imagine for $12 you can have a great book of puns with a BOARD GAME FOR FREE.
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Tough Crowd, Funny Game
by Maginnis (5 out of 5 stars)
September 11, 2018

My extended family loves to try new games when we all get together. I bought this last Christmas for my husband, as he comes up daily with bad puns to make me groan....but he never opened it to check it out. So at our summer family gathering I brought it along. Everyone thought it looked too hard, I persisted that we needed to just try it. I had 8 takers, and about 6 who said they'd watch. We weren't strict with time limits....some puns took longer than others, but there are pun jokes on the back of each card that you can read aloud to entertain the crowd while you're waiting on that last contender to finish their pun. I was amazed at how clever some of my relatives were! Each round you flip two cards (one pile has nouns, the other pile has verbs) - you must write a pun that utilizes both words in some form or another. My husband didn't disappoint: with the words "Vampire" and "Fly" - his pun was simply "Bat"....the shortest "pun" ever. The reviews from the crowd were mixed.....while we all laughed and laughed at the reading of each contenders pun, the end-result was "this game would be funnier if everyone was drinking". Tough crowd!
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... start off by saying that I really wanted to love this game
by Nicole Laws (1 out of 5 stars)
June 10, 2017

I want to start off by saying that I really wanted to love this game. I adore puns and all things punny, but this game was extremely difficult. My partner and I tried to play it with dozens of people and nobody really enjoyed it. These are people who excel in all things pun related. The main complaint was that the game felt forced. I wouldn't really recommend purchasing it until you've played it to decide for yourself. Loving puns isn't enough to buy this game.
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Once a Pun a Time
by Pecan Limoges (5 out of 5 stars)
July 11, 2016

Finally - a game that restores the good name of the pun. I think of puns as the mimes of wordplay - both are unique art forms that are unjustly maligned. Clowns I get - they should be maligned at every opportunity. I enjoy a good pun, and am a big fan of Cards Against Humanity, so I thought I would give it a try. I played with a small circle of friends I call The Mosquitoes, after the Faulkner novel, and at first it was hard to get used to thinking of something clever in under two minutes. However, we adapted quickly, and once we abandoned the clever part, and let ourselves indulge in some truly tortured puns, the time flew by and we enjoyed some solid competitive merriment. Be forewarned - the ability to pun does not always correlate with braininess. Some very smart people struggle with getting the hang of punning, and others are surprisingly adept. It's lots of fun to see who has the mind for it, and for everyone to get the hang of it together. I feel smarter for having made this purchase!
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Pun Experts Only
by minimumcool (3 out of 5 stars)
December 11, 2017

Let me just start out by saying that I love this game. But just because I love this game doesn't mean the people around me do too.

What I mean is it takes a special subset of people to pun at the level this game requires. Do not overestimate your friends and family in their pun abilities, this game can alienate people very easily. So play at your own risk, I've had multiple occasions where people have had a bad time with this and that's no pun at all.

I think this is why the show this is based on works so well, the people who participate are punning at the competitive level. If you wouldn't feel at home on the Punderdome stage then this game is not for you. Or you could do as other reviewers do and bend the rules to something more your speed. Whatever floats your goat.
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Portable, Easy-to-Play game for all ages and crowds! (May be difficult for non-native English speake
by Brenna Lamb (5 out of 5 stars)
August 8, 2016

I brought this on a mission trip to India recently and we spend quite a few nights playing it: we all joking declared that this game, when played correctly, makes you completely hate yourself either for coming up with horrible puns instantly or for learning that you are trying too hard to have a sense of humor. Some of the puns in the pack are truly terrible as well but we nonetheless had a blast playing it.

Positives: Portable and easy-to-understand rules. It is also safe and fun to play with anyone from your priest to your drinking buddies: and especially fun with a priest who has been drinking.

Negatives: This has been really difficult to play with my friends who are not native English speakers but that is more because of the nature of puns than because of the game itself. If you are playing with anyone who may not be incredibly comfortable with English puns, I strongly suggest increasing the writing time.
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Great concept, too difficult for me
by AT (3 out of 5 stars)
January 2, 2018

I preordered three copies the moment I saw this- I know a bunch of people who love puns. I opened the copy I kept for myself, and realized I'm not nearly clever enough to come up with a pun combining two random topics (Dinosaurs! Thumb tacks! (not actual examples from the game)) on the fly within a time limit. Great idea, I just don't have a quick enough wit.
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It was so much fun. Love the prize envelopes and the overall quality ...
by D. Grabowski (4 out of 5 stars)
March 23, 2017

Had to modify the rules a bit to make it easier and more approachable. Instead of trying to relate the two cards we just pull a card and use it as a topic. Make as many puns about that topic as possible in a set amount of time. It was so much fun. Love the prize envelopes and the overall quality of the game is great. Use this one all the time now.
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disappointed that she wasn't as good at puns as she ...
by Z (5 out of 5 stars)
November 29, 2016

Takes a little bit to understand the rules, but once you get it, it's a blast!

I played with my girlfriend (who always groans at puns) and two other pun fans. She actually performed really well and had some clever ones. One of my other pun fans apparently went home, disappointed that she wasn't as good at puns as she had thought she was.

Some house rule ideas:
-Having a person other than the judge read submissions aloud so that handwriting doesn't give away the source
-Use the timer loosely for mixed crowds (allow people finish the word /sentence if they are writing when the time runs out)

Have pun!
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This is more like a box of jokes than a pun game
by MN40Seven (1 out of 5 stars)
October 12, 2017

This is more like a box of jokes than a pun game. Example: what did the ocean call the sand after a fight? A total beach. What did the hamburger expert name his daughter? Patty. Passing game along to someone else to enjoy.

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