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What Do You Meme? Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

What Do You Meme? Party Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective of What Do You Meme?

The objective of What Do You Meme? is to provide the funniest captions to pictures in order to score the most points.

Setup for What Do You Meme?

  • Shuffle the Caption Cards.
  • Deal seven Caption Cards face down to each player. You can look at your own Caption Cards, but you shouldn’t show them to the other players.
  • To determine the first player, the players should compare their Instagram followers. The player with the most followers starts the game as the first judge.

Playing the Game

What Do You Meme? is played over a number of rounds.

Each round begins with the current judge looking through the Photo Cards. They will choose which Photo Card they want to use for the current round. Once they have picked a card, they will show it to the rest of the players. After all of the players have seen the Photo Card, you should place it on the easel.

Picture chosen for the current round
For the current round the judge picked this picture. The rest of the players will have to submit a Caption card based on this picture.

All of the players than look at the seven Caption Cards in their hand. Each player other than the judge picks one of their cards to play in the round. Players can use whatever criteria they want when picking their card. Usually you want to pick a Caption Card that is funny when combined with the Photo Card. Once you have chosen a Caption Card, you will pass it facedown to the judge.

Submitting a Caption card in What Do You Meme?
For this round one of the players decided to play this Caption card from their hand as they think it works well with the picture. They will pass the card to the Judge facedown so they can’t see the caption.

If you don’t like the Caption Cards left in your hand, you can choose to discard one of the Photo Cards you have earned. If you choose to discard a Photo Card, you can discard your entire hand and draw seven new Caption Cards.

Picking the Best Caption Card

After everyone has passed a Caption Card to the judge, the judge shuffles all of the cards without looking at them.

They will then read one card at a time. The Photo Card should be visible to all of the players when each caption is read.

Looking at all of the submissions in a round
For this round the five other players submitted a Caption card to the judge. The judge looks through the submitted cards to see which one they like the most.

After they have read all of the Caption Cards, the judge chooses their favorite card from the round. The judge can use whatever criteria they want to pick a winner. Most players select the Caption Card that they found to be the funniest. The player that submitted the Caption Card that was determined to be the best, takes the Photo Card. This card is worth one point at the end of the game.

Picking a winning caption in What Do You Meme?
The judge decided that they liked the caption “When you just proved a point via text and see those 3 little dots appearing and disappearing cuz you’re right”. The player that submitted that card takes the Photo card as the reward for winning the round.

All of the players who played a Caption Card this round draws a new card for their hand.

The players will then play another round. The player to the left of the current judge, becomes the judge for the next round.

Freestyle card in What Do You Meme?

Freestyle Card

Some of the cards in the Caption Card deck say Freestyle on them instead of a caption. Only some versions (BSFW and some others) of What Do You Meme? have these cards.

When a player plays one of these cards, none of the other players will play a Caption Card this round. Instead of using Caption Cards, each player has to come up with their own caption. Players can either agree to say their caption out loud, or all of the players can write them down.

The judge picks which caption they think is best.

Winning What Do You Meme?

What Do You Meme? ends when the players decide to stop the game. To be fair for all players, you may want to consider playing enough rounds so all of the players are the judge the same number of turns.

All of the players count up how many Photo Cards they collected in the game. The player that collects the most Photo Cards wins the game.

Winning What Do You Meme?
At the end of the game the players have acquired the following number of Photo cards: 7, 6, 4, 3, 2. The top player acquired the most Photo cards so they have won the game.

What Do You Meme? FAQs

If you have any questions about how to play What Do You Meme?, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for What Do You Meme?


  • 360 Caption Cards
  • 75 Photo Cards
  • Easel
  • Instructions

Year: 2016 | Publisher: What Do You Meme? | Designer: Elie Ballas, Ben Kaplan, Elliot Tebele

Genres: Party

Ages: 17+ | Number of Players: 3+ | Length of Game: 30-90 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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