It requires quick reflexes and a sharp eye as some of the cards are very similar. It is games like this that make you realise that there are some things children are slightly better at, as I found myself losing more times than is wise to mention.
In a nutshell, a totem is placed in the centre of the table and the 80 shuffled cards distributed equally amongst the players. Each player sits with their stack of cards in front of them and turns them over one at a time. Only one hand can be used throughout the game and whenever two players’ cards show identical designs they must grab the totem. The one who gets the totem wins the round; the loser takes the discarded cards. The overall winner is the player to get rid of all their cards first.
The rules of the game are a little complicated and include a number of special cards and special rules that alter the way the game is played, but once you have got to grips with all these it is great fun. The cards are very colourful and durable and it is a game we have enjoyed playing over and over again.
It is aimed at children aged 7 years and up. Younger children might find the rules a little difficult to understand although you could easier leave some rules out to make the game easier, as we did when we were initially learning how to play it.
Jungle Speed (aged 7 and up, 2-15 players) is priced at £19.99. We received the game free of charge to review.