Yes it is. Basically the only difference is having nicer cards than just printed and cut paper. You can always get the free version and then if you like it get the real cards. The expansion packs however are only available for purchase as far as I know.
It looks the same but you have to get them printed yourself. A good thing about the $25 version is that they have a coating on the cards and directions, so if something spills on them, it won't ruin them. You can just wipe them off. :)
The base set is the same as the free version (we played the free until we purchased it), however two things to keep in mind:
1. The free version cards are TINY, like 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" - compared to the real cards which are full sized playing cards. That seemed to be an issue for some I've known that have printed their own - but it IS free so its hard to make it a true complaint and it may not bother you. You may also already have them printed and know this, so feel free to ignore my commentary.
2. None of the expansions are free. The company doesn't release them.
We played the free version for months and had a great time until we sprung for the full set. Its a good stand-in, but since the game is great to play over and over, getting the full set so you can add the expansions to keep it fresh and add more options is well worth it.
(I know that's more than you asked, but I hope it helps!)
answered on July 5, 2013
Yes it is...it is just that when you print the cards out there a little harder to read and there not as durable as the cards themselves
Yes it is... I've used both and it's definitely worth it to get the paid version. Like others have said... The card stock helps if there are spills!
I'm not sure I didn't try printing out the free version. I'd assume the are the same. I don't think they made all the expansions available download yet. Sorry for the lack of info. I'd check Cards against humanity website for more info.