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Jungle Speed, are you fast enough?
Member Name: Kary
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: I always lose :-(
I think the first thing that most people say when they are first approached with jungle speed is "eh?" This was exactly what my response was when I first came across this game about a year and a half ago now.
Initially what I was presented with was a red draw string bag out of which a totem pole about 4 inches tall, it is made of wood and you are told that you are going to be grabbing for it. Then out of the bag comes a pack of cards, but this is not ordinary pack of cards, oh no, this is jungle speed cards. Jungle speed cards are square and all have different patterns that are very slightly different, your job is to match these up. At this point you are still just scratching your head so everyone just says lets have a practise game as that's the easiest way to explain.
Playing the game:
Everyone who is playing sits in a circle, I have played with as little as 2 and as many as I think 8 players so it is quite versatile in that sense. All the cards are then evenly distributed and your aim is to get rid of all your cards. So the person who is designated to start turns over their top card, you then work your way round the circle with each person putting a card down in front of them, I should add at this point that the totem pole is in the middle of the circle. What you have to keep an eye out for is someone with a card that EXACTLY matches your card, when you see this you pounce for the totem. The person who grabs the totem gives the person who had the matching card all of their face up cards (so all the cards they have laid down in front of them). The aim is to do this until someone has lost all of their cards and they are declared the winner, you can then work your way down until there are only two people left but the people going out first tend to get bored but equally the same person always wins (at least with us) so maybe you could just play for podium spots.
The game is not as simple as that though as there are other special cards that can be thrown into the mix and which make the game a whole lots more complicated but also a whole lot more fun. A few examples of these are: The colour card - when this is revealed you stop trying to match exact patterns and instead are trying to match colours only, this only stays in play until a match has been made or it is covered by the next card of the person who played it. The all play card - With this you count to three and then all draw a card at the same time, this is great fun but also tends to have 4 or 5 people grabbing the totem at once and leads to a "I grabbed it first".... "No, I grabbed it first" situation. There are several others but I think you probably get the idea.
Is it fun?
Well I guess the answer is yes, the only reason for my lack of enthusiasm is because I suck at them game and I hate losing. It is great fun and we like to bring it out with family, one thing that has yet to happen though it for my partner to be beaten. In every other situation I have faster reaction speed and I even play badminton at a club level and have been told I am freakishly fast but when this comes out I don't stand a chance and I lose every time. It is still a great laugh and I am sure that we would play it more frequently if the result was predetermined by my partners greatness at this.
Summary: A great game