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Jungle Speed Safari

Jungle Speed Safari is an updated version of Jungle Speed, which was first released in 1991 through Asmodee Editions by Thomas Vuarchex and Pierric Yakovenko. The theme for the games remains the same. The animals in the jungle are waiting to catch their prey and when the hunter makes an appearance, the animals run helter-skelter to protect themselves.

The game comes with 5 totems or food that needs to be caught, 42 cards and 1 bag apart from the rulebook. The game play is quite simple though it requires intense concentration and agility. The totem is placed in the middle and every player is given a stack of cards. The first player flips off a card from the top of the deck. If the card matches a card at the top of another person’s stack, then the two players are in a race to grab the correct totem. The one who grabs it gets the point. The person who fails gets the stack of cards added to their pile.

The artwork by Thomas Vuarchex is eye catching and attractive, and sure to keep players’ attention. The game is basically a filler game and works great at parties. A great feature of Jungle Speed Safari is that it is very child friendly and provides plenty of opportunities for kids to enjoy themselves, especially when they get an Angry Animal card, which they then have to impersonate. It can be great fun for kids as well as for adults.

The game can be played between 2 to 6 players, though as usual, the more the merrier! One game lasts for around 15 minutes. The game is fast paced and you need to be alert all the time. However, unlike deep strategy games, Jungle Speed Safari doesn’t leave you tired of thinking and planning ahead. It’s a simple and fun game for a fun occasion.


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