JUNGLE SPEED GAME
Jungle Speed is great fun. It’s simple but entirely compelling, it’s a quick thinking visual recognition and reaction game and has all the hallmarks of a great Family game or Adult ‘Party’ game.
Jungle Speed is published by Asmodee, one of our fave board game publishers (why you ask…because their games are always fun and fairly easy to access and the artwork on the box is always super funky meaning you’ll be quite happy to have the game on your shelf at home!).
The premise of the game is very simple – players turn over cards and look for a match…if they see matching cards they race to pick up the wooden ‘Totem’ first to move ahead in the game (or more precisely push their opponents behind in the game). As you’d expect the cards feature symbols which are often quite similar but not entirely matching, leading to some confusion and false snatching of the Totem (yes, penalties are incurred if that happens!). There are also some nice additional cards – 3 special cards which either instantly open up a free for all for the Totem, make every player turn over a card simultaneously or change the match players are looking for from the shape/design to a colour match instead.
For Families, Jungle Speed should be seen as one of those quietly educational/developmental games which are primarily fun but are also helping your child’s development. The game develops visual awareness and recognition skills as well as speed of thought, plus the usual positive social interaction with other people versus square eyed screen time!
WHO’S IT FOR: The publisher labels this game as 7 years+, although we think it can go a bit younger – 6+ in our opinion. The game can be played equally well by families (with parents & kids playing on fairly equal terms unlike some games) or adults in a dinner party type setting.
THE TOY VERDICT: Jungle Speed is a GREAT game. Simple, compelling, fast, tense, and above all lots of fun!
WHERE TO BUY:
To see the product on Amazon.co.uk, just click here: New Edition Jungle Speed Card Game
To see the product on Amazon.com, just click here: Jungle Speed