What is The Shame of Life?

A game that gets players to answer a series of absurd questions, designed to lower inhibitions, make great conversations and ultimately beat the shame of life.


The Game is better than hoped for

Rated 5 out of 5
April 9, 2021

I saw this game on Facebook, and thought it would be perfect for a remote game night with friends. I was right, it is. Where I was surprised was that the questions are so good. More than once we ended up pretty much throwing out the rules, and just taking cards as conversation starters.
The gameplay suggestions are great, the important thing is to remember the point of the game is to have a great conversation. There really are no losers. I find it best to start with an announcement that anything said during the game, stays in the game, and there is no judgement allowed. Anyone that doesn’t think they can handle that speak now, and we’ll find a different game. I’ve also said that if anyone is uncomfortable about the conversation, or the prompt, it is acceptable to say so, and we will move on immediately. No questions asked.
The physical cards and box are very nice, and feel sturdy enough to hold up nicely for years.

Chris D

Was a hit with my friends

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2021

Wonderful game. Got my friends and I discussing a variety of topics. Perfect to play while eating as no board/pieces to get our grubby fingers all over.


Super fun!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2021

My friends and I had a blast playing the game. Great conversation starters and insights into each other.


Perfect for a night in

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2021

We took The Shame of Life to a friend’s house and it was a hit! We had so much fun with the cards and had great conversations due to the questions. We played the whole evening and had a blast. Get this game! It’s perfect


Hilarious and thought provoking

Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2021

We’ve been using these cards, unconventionally, to jazz up our friendly zoom chats. We haven’t laughed this hard in months. Thought-provoking, hilarious, sometimes wicked. Just what we needed!


Fun, fun, fun

Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2021

My wife and I love the game. The nice part is you can play by any rules you want


Crazy fun!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2021

We had so much fun playing this. I think our daughter and her fiance wished they didn’t know so much about us now! Lol

Christy W


Rated 5 out of 5
January 7, 2021

The perfect Christmas gift for my brother in law, however it turns out some of the questions are not really suitable for parents… who knew?! Oh wait, you guys did, I did, we all did. So we read them out anyway and embraced the blushing embarrassment.


Feeds my warped sense of humour!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 7, 2021

I’m afraid you’ve unleased a beast here! We’ve had the best time with this game and it’s going to keep us entertained for years!! Absolutely love it! It’s certainly not for the squeamish, faint-hearted, or easily offended and that makes it all the better!

Mike Jones

Funny and original

Rated 4 out of 5
January 7, 2021

Played over zoom on nye (what could be more 2020?) We were crying with laughter at some of the cards, although I will say some of the ‘debate’ cards were more of a ‘unanimous agreement’ card which cut those discussions pretty short. But the ‘would you rather your sneezes sound like farts or your farts sound like sneezes’ was the highlight of the evening.


Great gift!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 5, 2021

I ordered this for my son for his birthday. Shipped to the USA and was received well before his birthday (SO QUICK)! He thinks it’s great.

Julie G

When conversation is king

Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2021

The Shame of Life is a fabulous family game… as long as your family are over 16 and don’t mind some awkward but hilarious conversation. The game can last as long as you want it to. Some cards can inspire conversation that lasts 30 minutes yet some cards are 1 word answers. I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s amazing!!!

Mark Hunter

Brilliantly awful game

Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2021

A very well received gift which was played straight away and ensued barrels of laughter and a three hour delay to our Christmas Day walk. Unputdownable. Brilliant!



Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2021

Absolute best card game available!
Love it!!

Amy Wilkinson

Loved it

Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2021

Really fun game


Do not play with in laws

Rated 4 out of 5
January 2, 2021

Thank fuck for Covid. This game is hilarious you really get to know who has the sickest inner dialogue in life. Could have done with twice as many cards though


Who knew???

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

My 76 year old Mother In Law has always presented as a polite, reserved and somewhat reticent character…. until we played this game as a family at Christmas. Perhaps it was the wine, perhaps it was the four glasses of Baileys or perhaps it was the fact that lockdown has us all prepared to take risks. Whatever it was that woman surprised, nay shocked, us all with her random, disgusting and divinely humorous answers. I will never be able to look at a Baileys bottle without blushing again…


Great game

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

Highly recommend this for those boozy get togethers- laughing til your cheeks hurt


Fab drinking game!

Rated 4 out of 5
December 29, 2020

A fantastic game to play drunk! Due to the lockdown we all decided to stay home for Christmas Day. I sent pictures of the cards to my family and then we all got together online. I have been traumatised by some of my brother-in-laws answers and will never be able to look him in the eye again! Thanks for such a fun evening, well worth every penny!

Nic M

Side splittingly funny

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

This was bought as a gift, so I only got one go at playing. Just brilliant. Be prepared to be unable to read out the cards because you cannot speak for laughing.


The People Behind the Game

The Shame of Life was created by a soon-to-be-wed couple, Gareth Breeze and Emily D’Andrea. Emily, a graphic designer, and Gareth, an ecommerce professional and writer, pooled their skills to build the game from the ground-up outside of their day jobs, in their little kitchen in Moss Side, Manchester.

Why Make The game?

Every minute someone, somewhere is second guessing what they’re about to say. We’re all guilty of it: worrying it’s too weird, too dumb, too dark, or any of a thousand things that will shame us into silence. Gareth, who suffers from OCD, spent a large part of his life doing just that, until he met Emily and together they created a game to celebrate the weird, dumb and dark we all have inside.

How the Brand Developed

The Science of Shame

Using a combination of live play tests and surveys, Gareth and Emily built up a bank of shame-invoking questions. You might not think it, but behind every ridiculous question, there’s a cocktail of spreadsheet formulas, API connections and pivot tables. 

Socialising Shame

In January of 2018, they took the concept to the public, ahead of a spring Kickstarter launch. The questions, often photographed on oversized cards and held around Manchester, received a huge response by Facebook users. Over the months hundreds of people came to their page every week, to debate topics like what would be the most inappropriate movie to remake as a porno. 

Crowdfunding Shame

By the time of the Kickstarter, they had amassed thousands of Facebook followers and mailing list subscribers. The fans of the game fled to Kickstarter the moment it was launched and met the £3,000 fundraising target within 8 hours, trebling to £10,000 worth of pre-orders by the end of the campaign.

FUN FACT: Not only did the science of shame provide a better understanding of shame, but it also gave them the high honour of being the first people to ever use the phrases ‘VLOOKUP’ and ‘classiest tattoo for a baby’ in the same sentence. 




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