A while ago I asked on Twitter what everyone’s favorite speed games were and I got a variety of answers but one stuck out to me, “Jungle Speed.” I was curious about this game as it was suggested by a couple tweeps who share my taste in games. Shortly after I got an email from the manufacturers of Jungle Speed and I figured the cosmos was trying to tell me that I’d enjoy this game. And I do. And apparently I’m not the only one since more than 2 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide. That’s a lot of games!
In a way Jungle Speed is similar to Halli Galli as all players are flipping cards and looking at the cards to see if they find the right combination. (see review of Halli Galli HERE) If they do, in Halli Galli they ring the bell but in Jungle Speed you grab the “totem” in the middle of the table. In Halli Galli you’re trying to collect all of the cards, whereas in Jungle Speed you’re trying to get rid of your cards and they go to whoever wasn’t quick enough to grab the totem. There are some small differences between the games but the big point of difference is that Jungle Speed includes cards that change up the play. For example, you go from looking for the same symbol to the same color or it’s whoever is the quickest to grab the totem. It keeps things fresh and players on their toes. You can watch how to play here:
There’s one other thing I feel I must mention in this review. In the past you’ve all heard me rant about boxes and how flimsy boxes don’t play nice on my game shelf. Well, Jungle Speed has a flimsy box BUT they also include a nice fabric bag to contain the totem, cards and instructions, which is awesome, especially for travel. So ditch the box and store everything in the nice bag!
Jungle Speed Stats:
~$20 at Amazon, Target, ToysRUs, Barnes & Noble, mom & pop retailers
2 to 10 players
Ages 8 and up