• By Amanda Blackburn.

Jungle Speed!

This months game for review from The Blogger Board Game Club is called Jungle Speed.

Jungle Speed by Asmodee is suitable for 2 to 10 players, age 7+

It’s a fast-paced dexterity game for the whole family and is lots of fun. You have to really concentrate to be in with a chance to win and must have super quick reflexes. To be able to win it’s definitely a test of speed and not strength or brains.

The game is simple once you have worked out how to play it. I didn’t fully understand the rules of play from the instructions that were included so I turned to YouTube for a video demonstration. I’m rubbish at following instructions on games unless they are straightforward. As always YouTube had a video demonstration and once I’d watched it I was able to play.

We played it as a family, my 15-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son, hubby and me. I was absolutely rubbish, to begin with, but after a few games, I started to improve. My son, daughter and hubby picked it up really quickly and overall the game was easy to play. I think the recommended age is correct.

The game is kind of like snap with a twist. Each of the 80 cards features a colourful and intricate design, the designs look very familiar. All the cards are dealt equally to each player. The game includes a Totem Pole that is placed in the middle of all players within everyone’s reach. You have to grab the Totem Pole when your card matches another player. You duel with that player only. Whoever grabs it first gets rid of their card and the person that was slow has to add the cards to the bottom of their deck. Each player has their own discard pile in front of them. The aim is to get rid of your own deck cards and the discard pile too.

It sounds easy right... well there is more...if you grab the Totem Pole and you are incorrect with your match, or incorrect with the person you are duelling with you have to have all the discarded cards that are on the table. There are also several special cards in the deck that change the game by switching the rules or forcing the players to all fight for the Totem at once.

The game was invented 3000 years ago in subtropical Spidopotamia by the Abouloubou tribe. The Abouloubou chose their chiefs using a traditional game played with eucalyptus leaves. This game was passed on secretly from generation to generation, until Tom and Yako, the last descendants of the Abouloubou, decided to reveal it to the world. The aim of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all their cards and be declared the chief of the Abouloubou.

I really like this game, it’s fun, simple and only takes minutes to set up. It can be stored inside a little red bag that’s included, keeping it all secure and compact for travel.

I highly recommend this game and at £14.99 I definitely think it’s worth it.


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