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Ein Arsch kommt selten allein
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Average Rating: 1.5 in 2 reviews
I don't know why someone would make a game out of a dirty German idiom (An ass seldom comes alone) but they did. It's a cute gag but not much of a game.
There are 15 cards each in four suits. Each card shows a drawing of a person's rear-end proportionate to the card's number, not that the artwork affects the gameplay at all.
Each player gets 10 cards. The object is to discard your hand.
After a starter card is played, the next player has three choices. He can either play a higher numbered card and end his turn or he can play two cards of the same suit whose sum is less than the top card. A player can discard as many of these 'pairs' as he can but must always finish the turn by discarding a single card higher than the top card. As an added bonus, for every 'pair' you play, one player to the left loses a turn. This bonus can never cause you to lose a turn if you play more pairs than you have opponents.
If a player can't discard at all, they must draw until they get at least one female and one male card (red and yellow suits are female; brown and grey are male).
And that's it, that's the whole game. No wild or special cards, just 60 butts. You could easily play this game with any other deck that has 15 cards in four suits (Gargon, for example) and save yourself a sawbuck. 'Ein Arsch...' is simple enough to be a kid's game but the risque artwork excludes it from that category. The game could be mildly amusing if played while chatting and/or drinking. Otherwise, the gameplay and humor is just too thin to make it worth the money.
After reading 'Games' magazine's positive review, I bought this game. After the first time we played it, we thought we must have missed something in the rules.
We re-read the rules and played again, and realized we hadn't missed anything -- there's just nothing to this game. The whole point is to discard all of your cards; that's easy and pointless.
That leaves the artwork as the only reason for this game to exist. It's not that great either. The naked butts are funny for about 30 seconds, and then it's just a lame game with weird pictures.
Don't waste your money.