As a member of the Blogger Board Game Club we receive a new (to us) game each month to test out and review. This month we received Jungle Speed. A quick look at the description and it sounds a little like snap with a few more twists. Following on from the huge hit that was Dobble we were excited to give this one a go.
Suitable for 2-10 players aged 7+, the aim of the game is to be the first person to get rid of all your cards. Each player takes it in turns to turn over a card from their pile and as soon as there a two cards with the same design revealed a duel is initiated. The players with the same card race to be the first to grab the totem pole from the centre of the table. The loser has to take their own and the winner’s discard piles and add them to their own deck before play resumes again.
You have to be careful though, some of the designs are very similar so it’s easy to make a mistake. If you grab the totem pole and the symbols are not identical you have to pay a forfeit and will receive the discard pile of everyone playing. There are few special cards that change the rules of the game to switch things up a bit too. At first all the rules made it a little confusing and overly complicated but you soon get the hang of it.
Once we got going we did have fun but there was just something about it that didn’t really set us alight. There were only two of us playing and I do think that it would be more fun with a few people so we will definitely give it another go. The game also comes with a cloth bag that you store it in instead of the box if you wish, making it an ideal game to take away with you. It also makes it much smaller to store which is always a huge plus with me. Maybe Jungle Speed will grow on us after a few more games, but for now Dobble will remain our go to family card game.
Jungle Speed retails at around £14.99.
Disclaimer – I was gifted this game in exchange for an honest review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links in accordance with my disclosure policy.