Jungle Speed Game Review


This month as part of the Blogger Board Game Club with Asmodee we have been playing the Jungle Speed game.

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Jungle Speed is aimed at players from age 7 and older (so it's perfect for Ethan at 8 and a bit of a stretch for Ivy at 6) and is for 2 - 10 players at a time.  The aim of the game is to get rid of your cards by being the fastest to identify matching cards and grab the totem in the middle.

In the box you will find the cards, the totem, a storage bag and the rule booklet.

We started by dividing the cards evenly between the players (in our case into 3 equal piles) with the totem in the middle.  Then one at a time each player turns a card over from their pile into their discard pile.

If two matching symbols (of any colour) are both turned over it is then a race to grab the totem first.  Whoever grabs it first then passes over their discard pile to the player who didn't grab it.  That player then takes their own discard pile and the other players and adds it to the bottom of their card stack.

It's definitely a game that will take playing a few times to really get the hang of it.  One thing that is specifies in the rules is that you must turn over your card outwards, rather than being able to see it yourself first.  It seems simple, but we did find that it made it more fair that way (so that all players saw the new card at around the same time).  But it does take some getting used to, even I struggled to remember to flip outwards!

We also found it challenging sometimes as a few of the cards look quite similar, but when you look closely you see that the patterns are slightly different.  This is a great way to work on observational skills.  Unfortunately though, if you do grab the totem by mistake you then have to pick up the other players' discard pile.

There are also a few cards that have specific actions when turned over, where all players need to grab for the totem.  A player wins when they get rid of all of their cards, as well as their discard pile.  Other players continue playing until only one player is left with cards.

Jungle Speed is a really fun game, but like I said it will take some getting used to for us to get a hang of all the rules and really play it speedily.  For our family it was challenging as we are always working on playing fairly and not being sore losers, so there were a few points to the game that were especially tricky in this regard.  However, it is something that we need to work on, so it's always good for us to stretch ourselves.  I like that it comes with the bag, making it a great game for travel as well.  We would definitely recommend it.

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* This is a review post, we were sent the Jungle Speed game from Asmodee to play with and write our honest opinions.*

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