Mad Libs Card Game Instructions

By Michelle Goldman

Much like the Mad Libs we remember growing up, Cardinal Industries brings us Mad Libs Card Game. This twist on the original game includes four decks of cards, allowing two to six players to create grammatically correct sentences from the pre-printed cards. Although much of the spontaneity is gone, Mad Libs Card Game can still be fun and educational.

Setting Up

There are several different versions of the Mad Libs Card Game that vary in the amount of cards that come in the box. No matter how many total cards you're playing with, the rules are essentially the same. Once the four individual decks of nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives are shuffled, each of the two to eight players are dealt ten cards. It's extremely important the cards are shuffled adequately. Five to ten minutes should do it. The remaining cards are placed in a draw pile with the top card facing up.

You will write down some nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives on a separate piece of paper that is used in the event someone draws a MAD FIB card. The number of words you write down will vary depending on the game version you are using, but it should be either two or four of each part of speech.

Playing the Game

The players' object is to create grammatically correct sentences using the words on their cards. There are five rounds of play in the game, each round requiring sentences of different lengths to be constructed. Points are awarded based on the first player to lay down the required sentence in a round, being the winner of the round, playing a ten word sentence and for each word in your hand that is part of a complete sentence.

In order to actually score points on this last part, the sentence length in your hand must be equivalent to the required sentence length for that round. Players discard and draw new cards much like the method used in playing gin. Since the sentences only have to be grammatically correct, it's possible a round will be finished before everyone has the chance to go. The game is designed for player ages eight and up and takes approximately 30 minutes to play.

About the Author

Located in Florida, Michelle Goldman has been a writer for 20 years. Her experience as a freelance writer, editor and designer spans the fields of business, education and technology. Goldman has written for several online sites including Content-Writers, Associated Content and Helium.