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Jungle Speed was invented approximately 3000 years ago by the Aboulou Tribe in Eastern Trisopotamia to determine the shares of food each member received after a successful hunt. The Aboulous originally used eucalyptus leaves as cards for the game. These early games usually ended in bloody fights because, unfortunately, all of the cards were identical. This simple error nearly drove the tribe to extinction. This is why Jungle Speed remained unknown by the outside world until the 20th century, when 2 clever gamethropologists, Tom & Yako, replaced the leaves with the playing cards we now use today.
In Jungle Speed, you must rely on your keen sense of observation and quick reflexes. It requires a steady hand - which can be hard to maintain during the many fits of maniacal laughter! The wooden Totem sits in the middle of the table, waiting for the player with the fastest reflexes to snatch it up and win the game.
Each player is dealt a hand of cards. In order to win you must be the first player to get rid of all of your cards. Each turn, all of the players reveal one of their cards. If two cards are identical, those players must make a grab for the Totem. The faster player then gives their cards to their unfortunate adversary.
To add to the difficulty, certain cards are almost identical, which can trick a hapless player into grabbing the Totem by mistake - a grave error. Other cards force all players to make a grab at once, change the method of play, or otherwise add to the difficulty. It's a Jungle Speed Free-for-all... Do you have the catlike reflexes and the eye of the hawk to win?
My kids (aged 6 - 14) and I play a ton of games. I am always n the lookout for games where 5 or more players can play, is easy to learn, and can be played in under an hour. This game certainly meets those standards. So the ultimate question is, "Is this game any fun?" A resounding YES!
In explaining the game, the first thing the kids noticed was that the totem reminded them of a dog toy that doesn't squeak. It is soft and "squishy". I wasn't sure why, when I was thinking it would be wooden. Well, after the first minute of playing, I was glad it is soft and squishy because it went flinging off our table and into the master window. I would shudder to think what could have happened if it had been made out of wood.
The kids instantly loved this game. Loud cheers and laughter are definitely part of this game and truly add to the excitement. It has become their number one game requested. Everyone has to be alert meaning there is no downturn. It moves quickly and can become quite addictive. The only downside would be that we cannot take it to a coffee shop to play as it would be too noisy.
This is a definite buy and the playability is extremely high.
Well I finally purchased my copy of Jungle Speed. Picked up two and sent one across country to my sister. Still love this game, need to find more people to play with though. The neighbour upstairs has a copy as well, so we can combine to play with more people.
My sister broke it out, and my dad loves it too. Great party game, drinking game, family game, pub game. Great all around.
The rules are easy to learn, the skill is tough to master. Great for any level. I have an aunt with developmental problems who is great at it. Kids of 10-12 excel at this game.
Should be listed in the party games section as well.
Just make sure you don't have any drinks on the table while playing.
I just played this this weekend at a game convention. I stumbled upon a group of people playing it.
I love the concept and the game play, tons of fun and easy to learn.
Great for hand eye coordination and training your mind to recognize shapes.
I don't own it yet, but will be picking up a few copies.