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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Rüdiger Dorn

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

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Product Description

"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.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best 2-Player Game, 2006
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2005
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2005
Deutscher Spiele Preis
8th place, 2005

Product Information


  • 112 cards
  • 36 ware tiles
  • 52 gold chips
  • 5 action markers
  • 1 rule booklet
Jambo has the following expansions available:

Jambo: 2nd Expansion English language edition of Jambo: die 2. Erweiterung Out of Stock

Jambo Expansion English language edition Out of Stock

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 8 reviews

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by Tom Hansen
Jumbo fun with Jambo game
July 16, 2013

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!!!!!

August 13, 2009

Just purchased this game. Quick, easy, and fun. My wife and I have thus far enjoyed each match. By way of background, we've also enjoy Puerto Rico, Agricola, Citadels, Lost Cities, and others. My son, age 11, has also played Jambo. In conclusion, this is a solid 2-player game for any collection. There's enough strategy and skill for experienced players, but not too complex so it could be a good intro game to newbie euro-gamers. Be advised: there is luck as cards are drawn, but, to me, this only emphasizes the importance of using what you have to the fullest. Enjoy!

Wife's favorite
November 24, 2006

I (a hard-core gamer) really like this game, but it is my wife's favorite for a two player game. Therefore, this is our most played game...and I'm not complaining. It takes a few times through a game to really find your stride, but a game that is more fun every time you play it is a real treat.

It is the clever use of the cards with special powers that rewards good strategy, but the random draw of these cards levels the playing field. Sometimes the game feels a bit too short, but usually it is just right, and pulling out a last turn hail Mary happens often enough to keep both players in the game until the very last card is played.

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