English language edition
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"Jambo!" is the friendly greeting Swahili traders offered their customers in Central Africa before colonization. The players are traders in this day, competing to be the first to earn 60 gold by selling tea, hide, fruits, salt, silk, and trinkets. The game is played with cards which represent goods, people (which can help you or hinder your opponent), and animals (which add a bit of spice to the game). Players take turns with up to 5 actions per turn until one player reaches the goal and wins the game.
I bought this game several years back, but somehow it never made it to the gaming table until recently. I wish I had known the JUMBO amount of fun I was missing in the meantime. My wife and I have played JAMBO 2-3 times a night for the last few weeks. It is pleasantly addicting.
Though some see the game controlled by luck of the draw, there is still enough strategy and thought required to make this game super appealing. Timing of the use of the utility cards, when to play an animal card, always saving a guard as protection from attack, etc. make for some strategic decisions along the way. After playing several times, I have noticed, too, that it is not always good to buy and sell on the same turn; setting up your selling of wares for a future turn (if you have enough market spaces) can make for a windfall on one turn and keep your opponent from having enough wares available in the store for their use. In short, there is a lot of depth to this game after you get used to playing it.
I highly recommend this as one of the Kosmos series' best. Buy it -- play it immediately! JAMBO IS A JUMBO!!!!!
Jambo is a definite keeper. Simple to learn, quick to play and good strategy with re-playability make this a winner! My wife likes games, but if the rules are complex or strategy is to deep, I might get ONE play of a game with her (which she usually wins, thus I rarely have the opportunity for revenge).
Jambo is one that SHE REQUESTS, and we have played it many times (averaging about once a week since I received it for Christmas). Game play is simple, your strategy changes according to what comes up, and it has a lot of re-playability. The complaint about the large stands being too small should be ignored - they are fine as is. If you have rules questions, go to BGG. You WILL find answers.
Other games my wife likes to play: Ticket to Ride, Cafe International, Clock Towers, and Odin's Ravens. For those of you who want to play games with your wife but can't find one she likes, try these - while they might not be Puerto Rico or Tigris-Euphrates, getting to play any of these is still very satisfying, and you get to play games! :-)