Jungle Speed is a party game that ticks all the right boxes for being a game you should consider talking to a party. From it’s quick and easy set up to its 10-15 minute run time, it’s a game that requires you to think fast and react faster as up to 10 players can join in on the fun.
Created by Thomas Vuarchex and Pierric Yakovenko, Jungle Speed is a game that was invented around 3,000 years ago in the subtropical Spidopotamia by the Aboulouboi tribe. Now however, Tom and Yako have revealed it to the world in the form of Jungle Speed. So, just how will it hold up at the party?
In the box, you’ll find a few components that help to make up the complete Jungle Speed experience.You’ll find a deck of square cards which have a good feel to them, a wooden Totem, and a small storage bag. Of course, there is also a short and snappy rulebook included to help get you up to the Jungle Speed and that’s it. Nothing more nothing less. The wooden Totem is a nice touch and has a good amount of weight to it which is good. The bag is also a nice little extra as it makes storage and travels to and from the party a lot simpler. Plus it’s a cool looking bag so you can’t complain at all really.
The objective of a game of Jungle Speed is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your deck. As each player has an equal sized deck of cards, each with different artwork on it’s up to every player to keep an eye on what cards are played and when as to match them up. When two cards of the same pattern are flipped over it’s a rush for the totem as the first player to grab it wins that draw. The set up for a game requires you to divide the cards between each player and then place the totem in the middle of the play area so that each player is about the same distance from it to keep things fair. It’s also worth noting that play always goes in a clockwise direction.
The way Jungle Speed handles the mad dash to the totem is by setting up duels that occur between players. Once any two players are showing the same card they are in a duel and it’s the first one of those two to grab the totem that wins. The loser of this dual is then required to take the two cards and therefore add to their deck. There is a strong need to focus though as some of the cards have special rules that will throw you out of sync and might mean you miss the totem. This could see every player flipping over a card at the same time or to as far as just making you all jump for the totem there and then. It’s hit and miss what cards your draw but you can be sure that they will all be good.
A game of Jungle Speed continues like this until a player has drawn all their cards. Once that happens they are the winner, but play can continue with the remaining players should they so wish. It’s really that simple! Jungle Speed is a fast and intense game that gives everyone a chance to have some fun and dash for a small wooden totem.
Jungle Speed hits the mark and deliveries on the experience of being a party game. At the same time, it works as just a fun 15-minute game that even with just two or three people can be a ton of fun. Sure, it’s a very simple concept and there really is not much to it but that doesn’t matter because what Jungle Speed does, it does very well. When you add a group of people to the mix and get some competitive spirits included it can be a ton of fun to break out the game. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but there is a lot of fun to be had with Jungle Speed. You don’t need to have 10 people as around 4 is a good solid number.
Jungle Speed is available for the RRP of £12.99 and if you’re looking to pick it up then check out the Esdevium Games store locator here to find your nearest retail store.
This review is based on a copy of the product provided by Esdevium Games.