Product Review: Hump the Game

As an avid fan of board games, roleplaying games, and pretty much anything else which involves cards and dice I’m always looking for a way to match my gamer geek interests with my sex geek ones. So far Ardor has been the best product to do so but I’m always on the lookout for new competition. Enter Hump the Game.

A completely different type of adult game, in honesty, Hump the Game is life Trivia Pursuit meets sex ed. and if that interests you then there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy the various factoids that Hump the Game has to offer. However is Hump the Game a truly arousing sex game or simply an interesting one? Read on to find out.

Hump the Game

‘The game of erotic education and sexual satisfaction’, Hump the Game is actually incredibly easy to explain, but still manages to provide a fair bit of substance. Essentially there are four different decks involved in the game—those being Foreplay, Unique Experiences, Down and Dirty and Sex Positions. In order to play the game you simply spin the provided spinner and your partner picks up a card from that deck. Each card has a multiple answer question and it’s up to you to pick the right one. If you do then you get to keep the card, if you don’t then it gets discarded. The first player that gets to 10 cards is the winner and they get to determine the subsequent sexual scenarios based on one of the cards that they won.

Hump is a very straightforward game and that is part of the reason as to why it works so well.
Hump is a very straightforward game and that is part of the reason as to why it works so well.

I have to admit, I really do like the simple set-up of Hump the Game. Its ease of understanding makes it so that players can readily jump in with very little preparation. Remove the winner’s prize and you could also very easily make this a game for a group of friends to play in order to test out their own sexual knowledge.

If the game is played intimately, though, one of the more enjoyable aspects is interpreting one of your cards into a sex act for the evening. Some of them are pretty straightforward (such as the sex positions) and Hump encourages players to make the most obvious choice, but I think that just makes picking the vaguer cards even more fun. It’s like a personal challenge to see what adventures you can create from a single starting scenario.

That being said, it’s fair to say that Hump the Game is a pretty straightforward game to play. As such when it comes to reviewing the quality of the game it really all comes down to substance and how well the game itself has been executed.

All of the components needed are nice and compact.
All of the components needed are nice and compact.

For the most part the cards provided for Hump are well presented and relatively sturdy. They are rather tiny and they do have both English and Spanish on them, but I’m not averse to opening up an adult card game to more people so that’s fine and dandy with me.

What I will say is that the packaging for Hump is a bit poorly conceived. You’ll notice my decks have been placed in plastic bags and there’s a reason for this: Hump doesn’t actually provide its own card dividers, nor is the box well-designed to hold all of the cards once they’ve been unpackaged, like at all. Of course for £8.99 I’m not expecting miracles, and it’s easy to remedy if you’re a bit creative, but it’s still a bit of a gripe.

Mr. Peaches and I also found that the spinner provided was pretty flimsy, meaning it would often fall on mid-points or barely spin at all. Again, this isn’t a deal-breaker (especially for the price) but for what is a fundamental component of the game play I was hoping more care would be placed into the sturdiness of the spinner.

One of the aspects of Hump that I really adored was its focus on sex education and adult trivia. There were a lot of good pointers in the question that were creatively presented as questions, as well as some sincerely interesting pieces of adult trivia which would appeal to sex education nerds such as myself. Heck even I learned a new few things and that sense of discovery kept me excited throughout game play.

That being said some of the cards multiple questions are, for lack of a better word, questionable. You can certainly see that the intention was a joke but some of the alternate answers can come across as sexist or just downright insulting. For example:

During intercourse, why should women orgasm first to make sure both lovers are satisfied?

a) It’s just polite.

b) Men don’t care after their orgasms.

c) Women can more easily keep going.

Again, some of these cards were clearly meant as a joke, and others were working to bust stereotypes but they could be seen as inappropriate by some. One even compared a woman’s vulva (as a incorrect answer) with a ‘grisly steak’…really?

Thankfully these sort of questions are few and far between and the vast majority are playful, insightful and genuinely informative.

However there is one fundamental flaw with Hump: It doesn’t turn me on at all.

Unlike some adult card games, which aim to build tension as the game goes one, Hump is literally adult Trivia Pursuit except at the end you pick one of your cards and go from there in terms of sex. But during the actual game there’s very little sexual tension and the whole thing just seems like a bit of an aside. Sure, I enjoy playing it and finding out little tid-bits but that’s the extent of Hump’s abilities. It’s all trivia and no pursuit and that is a bit of a shame.

Final Thoughts

Despite not being an arousing game, Hump is still a fun, affordable and educational adult-based game that I would recommend for those wishing to test their sexual knowledge.

Granted, it may not get the blood flowing like other adult games too, but sometimes there’s sincere fun to be had in learning more about the crazy world of sex, and having sex afterwards simply acts as a nice little bonus (or is it the game that is an accompaniment to sex?)

Because of this I do think that Hump is worth a try. Not as a sexy game, but more as a sex ed. game which will have you smiling at the questions you get right and making an audible ‘Huh’ at the new facts that you learn.

Recommend to:

People who like multiple-answer games.

People who like sex-based trivia.

People looking for a knowledge-based adult card game.

Do Not Recommend to:

People looking for a game to turn them on.

People who dislike quizzes.

People who are well versed in sex education (some of the questions are pretty easy/simple).

Hump the Game was provided to me by the fabulous people over at Shop Naughty. If you liked this review then please do consider checking out their site here and perhaps buying the game for yourself.