boxers or briefs board game

How to play Boxers or Briefs?

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Ages 18 & up (Adult)
Easy to learn
Playing time 30 to 45 minutes
4 – 10 players

If you are looking for a game that causes a lot of laughter, I suggest checking out Boxers or Briefs? This card game is a lot of fun and is perfect for a larger group or at a party. While playing this, we laugh so hard that it hurts!

Originally I had the first release of this game that was made by Parker Brothers. One holiday season shortly after I purchased the game, it was quickly selling for over $90 in used condition on eBay.

What do you think I did? Yup, I sold it. While the cash was sweet, I regretted letting the game go. Years later, Hasbro re-released the game, and I happily repurchased it. You really won’t be sorry about this game.

What is Boxers or Briefs?

Boxers or Briefs? is an adult party game that makes players laugh at things they reveal about themselves. It is a game that is simple to learn and perfect for groups of 4 to 10 players.


200 Cards with six answers on each side having over 2,000 unique and funny phrases
40 TRUE Scoring Tokens
40 FUNNY Scoring Tokens
Storage Tray
Label sheet with stickers for die

How to play

The answer cards have two sides – one light blue and the other white. Determine which color everyone should use when turning in their answers. Then deal out seven cards to each player face-down.

According to the rules, the most talkative player goes first. The first player throws the 6-sided die and announces the category they rolled.

Each player, except the reader, goes through the cards in their hand and reads the corresponding phrase that matches the category rolled. Players each select one card and hand it face-down to the reader. If playing with just four people, everyone will select two cards to give to the reader.

The reader, acting as a “judge” for the current round, will shuffle the cards handed to them. They then proceed to read the corresponding phrase from each card that matches the die roll. And here is where the laughter comes in!

Once the judge reads all of the cards, they will choose one answer as the truest about themself and give the person who submitted it a true scoring token.

Next, the judge will choose one answer as the funniest about themself, giving a funny scoring token to the person that submitted that response.

The reader then discards all of the cards played in that round. All players except the reader will pick a new card from the draw pile to replace the card they submitted. In a 4-player game, everyone except the reader will draw two cards to replace both cards offered during the round.

Play then continues with the player on the left, becoming the new judge for the round. The game ends once a player has any combination of 6 scoring tokens.

Variations of Boxers or Briefs

Long Underwear – play the traditional rules; however, instead of needing six scoring tokens to win, you need 8.

Skimpy Underwear – play the traditional rules; however, instead of needing six scoring tokens to win, you need 4. This option is especially suitable for groups of 8 to 10.

Not My Underwear – play the traditional rules; however, the reader will draw two additional cards to shuffle into the cards submitted. If the judge selects one of the random cards, no one scores the chip. It is funny to see how random cards sometimes fit in the mix too well!

Famous Underwear – play the traditional rules; however, instead of the reader judging the cards as themself, they select a famous person to act as during the round. The celebrity must be announced by the reader first, before rolling the die.

My take on Boxers or Briefs?

Boxers or Briefs? is a very simple and straightforward game to play. While the suggested age range is adult, the humor is not too crude to play with older children. We have played this with tweens and teens, giving them a special rule, where they could trade in any card from their hand if it had an expression on it that made them uncomfortable to play.

As long as the group doesn’t take the game seriously, you can have a lot of chuckles with it. Once while playing with eight family members on New Year’s Eve, one of the cards given to me was, “I am pleasantly plump.” I playfully acted insulted, but then picked that as the winner of the true token, so that I could find out who gave me that card! It ended up being my aunt, and we all laughed about it, including her teenage son. ? We played for hours that night and had one of the best nights laughing at all of the hilarious answers!

As a side note, it doesn’t matter if everyone knows one another. Part of what makes this game fun is that you learn about each other through the phrases submitted. You can also customize the game to be shorter or longer, as we ended up doing on New Years’. I think we played until someone had 20 tokens! ? Finally, players can be added to the game at any point (deal them in hand) or drop out if they need to.

What games are similar to Boxers or Briefs?

The Boxers or Briefs? board game is similar to games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. Therefore, if you enjoy either or both of these, you will enjoy this one too!

Where can I buy Boxers or Briefs?

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Did you see my board game review of Hisss?  This game is great for a family with younger kids although everyone will enjoy it!

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