Argle Bargle: Insult to Injury

 Game: Argle Bargle Time: 30 minutes
 Publisher: Self Published Players: 2- 6
 Age: 14+ Replayability: 7/ 10

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Argle Bargle is a word battling card game for two to six players. The gameplay is simply constructing insults out of a ten card hand dealt to you during setup and sending it off to damage opponents. Chances are your insult will begin with two of the same directing words like ‘your’ followed by an ‘a’ but the game does a great job providing players with enough of these directing words to build a nice insult. Each word used in battle will have a number listed on it identifying it’s strength. For every five points of damage, a player will lose one of their five life. Equipped with special cards allowing reverse damage, redirecting damage, or forced damage, may the last player standing win!

Argle Bargle is a card game that can be played in any setting and available for a wide audience. Like most party games, you can find this game can run for plenty of sessions and you can always get people involved in playing. What I do enjoy is this game doesn’t rely on adult content to sell cheap laughs but is built around a broader age range for the whole family to enjoy. The rules are simple to understand and can get a game playing right away and the design is functional. I did mention earlier most insults will probably begin with “your” and “a” but from the few of the games we ran, we didn’t run into many problems (if we did we’d just redraw on our turn). Having a redraw option tells me that this team has run through any problems in the game and found solutions for them.

We ourselves enjoys this game because when is it not fun to call someone a zombie monkey? Some of our players enjoyed that they did not need to be too creative to deliver a strong attack. They just needed to throw cards together and deliver them (which ended up being funny anyway).

Final Thoughts

This card game runs a lot of players, but I’m sure if you could find components elsewhere that can translate as life, you could run more players. It’s directly interactive and it is a player elimination game. It’s nice being able to run through games that don’t have a steep learning curve, with my group and I, we have become busier as school comes to an end and careers begin to prop up–so it’s nice to be able to run through games more often because of easier content. It’s simple to setup and is a great value for the content available. They provide players with a lot of empty cards that way you can add your own flair to the mix. I have the replay value where it is because while it is a fun game, It’s still a party game in its own way and my opinion on those hasn’t changed much. I do find the longevity in them aren’t as strong as other titles (but again, that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a party game).

You will like this game if you want a fun player elimination card game.

You will not like this game if you are looking for something a bit more like Cards Against Humanity.


Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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