Cosmo's truth or dare - adult game by Hearst - review by sbon

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Overall, I would suggest this game to anyone who is looking to increase their intimacy with their partner. I'm not a huge Cosmo fan (actually, I don't read any ladymag regularly), but their Truth or Dare was a lot of fun!
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Pros:
Great for newer couples, interesting truths, exciting dares
Cons:
Some dares not applicable
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Purpose / Audience

Cosmo's Truth or Dare is certainly geared toward new couples to help them get to know one another better. The truths, especially, encourage conversation about sexual fantasies, desires, and experiences. The dares get you to perform certain sexual acts, some more challenging than others. The ideas on the card range from hot to hilarious, and will certainly get your partner and you chatting, laughing, and incredibly worked up.
    • Couples
    • Exploration
    • Good for foreplay

Rules / Content

The instructions for this game are pretty straightforward. They are printed right on the inside of the box cover, so you don't have to worry about misplacing paper instructions. Here is what they say, quoted directly from the product, "HOW TO PLAY: Spread the cards out face down, then take turns with your guy picking one at a time. Whenever one of you selects a card, the other person must choose truth or dare. Once the choice is made, the person holding the card reads the challenge out loud...and the other person must take it!" (Note: Although the instruction are clearly heteronormative, the challenges seem to be gender non-specific, and could be enjoyed by any couple). There are no rules or suggestions about what to do if someone really doesn't want to do one of the challenges or answer one of the questions, so that is something you would have to figure out with your partner.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to play. We chose not to spread the cards out all over the place, just to avoid a mess, and simply picked cards from a face down pile. Things got hot 'n heavy after about our third dare. As we had been pretty sexually active throughout the day before playing the game, he was pretty much done for the night as far as physical activity went, but we continued on with only truths, because we were enjoying talking to each other about our preferences and fantasies.
    • Comes with clear instructions
    • Easy to play
    • Quick game

Design

Cosmo's Truth or Dare is pretty well designed. The cards come in a sturdy, pink box with a magnetic cover. There is a picture on the front of a couple snuggling under the covers with "COSMO'S TRUTH OR DARE" written across the bottom third of the cover in bold, black letters (not discreet). The box measures about 3 inches wide, 4 inches long, and 1.5 inches high, making it easy to travel with. When I brought it to my boyfriend's house, I simply dropped it in my purse.

The cards themselves measure approximately 2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches long, so they are a bit bigger than the average playing card. They are made of a sturdy, glossy card stock. The cards are not flimsy, and with good care will last a long time. All of the cards have a snakeskin pattern on the back, but they come in three different colors: purple, pink, and magenta. There doesn't seem to be a difference between the cards of different colors, so they probably made them like this simply for variation. On the other side there is one truth and one dare listed, typed in opposite directions on either side of the card.
    • Attractive design
    • Lots of pieces
    • Travel friendly

Personal comments

From personal experience, I know that people like to see some examples when reading these reviews, so here a select few truths and dares so you can get an idea of what types of questions and challenges are included with the game:

Truths:

"What physical trait of mine first caught your eye?"
"If I were handcuffed to the bed, what would you do to me?"
"What food or smell really puts you in the mood?"

Dares:

"I'm going to put on an old shirt of piece of lingerie. Rip it off me like you can't wait to ravish me."
"I'll lie on my stomach. Use your lips to find a supererogenous zone somewhere on the back of my body."
"Lightly scrape your teeth across my collarbone."

This game is meant to be foreplay. None of the dares explicitly require you to have sex with your partner, but they can certainly lead to it!

One downside to the game is that some of the dares require you to go to other areas of the house, which is not always possible for my partner and me. We are both young, and live separately. As I am in college and he lives at home, we don't always have much privacy. When he comes to visit we can't always "hop in the shower", or go to the kitchen and pretend to make dinner as some dares suggest, because there are other people in the house. This doesn't really make the game less enjoyable, though. When we came to those types of dares, we just picked another card and did that dare instead.

Experience

I had a great time playing Cosmo's Truth or Dare with my boyfriend. As I mentioned before, we both really enjoyed reading through the truths and talking about the questions. We have only been dating for six months, so we don't yet know "everything" about the each other. Although, we are very sexually open with one another, the cards brought up some ideas we hadn't yet thought to talk about. Couples who have been together for a longer amount of time, and know each other better than we do, might find some of the questions uninteresting or boring. The dares seem to suit all types of couples, though.
Follow-up commentary
This is not a game that a couple can play over and over again, because once you've gone through all of the cards, you already know the answers to the truths and the dares are less exciting because you've done them before. However, I am saying in this follow-up review that I still like it, even though we can't really use it anymore, because I would still recommend it to new couples as I did in the original review. I maintain that Cosmo's Truth or Dare game is a great way for couples to get to know one another and I still like the concept of the game and how it worked for us.
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  • NuMe
    NuMe  
    Great review! I really enjoyed it!
  • Maiden
    Maiden  
    Nice review!
  • Airen Wolf
    Airen Wolf  
    Sounds like a great game for couples or play parties!
  • Kayla
    Kayla  
    Great review. Glad you liked the game; I just didn't.
  • sbon
    sbon  
    @Mistress Kay -- The part in your review where you said that you thought the truths might be fun for couples who were still getting to know each other is what convinced me to get this, actually. I'm not sure if we'll ever even play this again, but it was still worth the $10.
  • The Awesome Penguin
    The Awesome Penguin  
    Great review, sbon!
  • sbon
    sbon  
    Thanks, "The Awesome Penguin!"
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi  
    Glad the game was good!
  • Sunrise
    Sunrise  
    Very nice review!
  • (Re)tired Stripper
    (Re)tired Stripper  
    I love this concept. I think it might be a little cheesy for my partner, but I might have to pick this up--we need some of that kind of fun.

    Great review
  • The Curious Couple
    The Curious Couple  
    Amazing review, thanks!
  • LambChop
    LambChop  
    Looks like fun, thanks!
  • Jennysweets
    Jennysweets  
    Good review
  • faust
    faust  
    nice review
  • tinadice
    tinadice  
    nice review
  • Chris15461
    Chris15461  
    nice review
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