Jungle Race may be one of my biggest surprises of the year. The rulebook does not sell the game. Play a card, move a racer. It all sounded so random and simple.
It was the most fun we had that night.
An exciting tabletop race full of takeovers and road rage. Each card played had the possibility of eliciting explosive vexation and pure schádenfreude fused joy. Players attached themselves to a racer and each card was felt personally.
To understand the rules a bit better, each card you play assigns you points according to that racer’s final ranking. If the giraffe finishes in third place, and you played three giraffe cards, you’ll get three points. Had the giraffe finished in first, you’d score nine points! Each card played also has you switch that racer for the one in front of it. But, should you play a card picturing the racer in the front, they are moved to the back and push all other racer’s forward.
There is a lot of calculated risks taken during the game. You’ll have seven cards to play — though you need not play all of them — each depicting one of the racers. Obviously, whichever racer card you have the most of should be the one you want in the front. But if you push too fast, another player could easily send your favored racer to the back, making those cards worthless.
So you’ll play cards that allow your racer to be overtaken. You’ll hold back the cards until the end, only to watch other players push your racer forward! Now playing those cards is hugely detrimental, and you’ll start to see why there is a “pass” rule in the game.
And then the begging starts…
Games like this must be short. Players can only put up with pure chaos for so long. A single “race” is just long enough to create excitement without creating frustration. The winner is the player with the most points after three races, with each race resetting the game.
Jungle Race would play great with younger audiences, and makes a good opener for game night. A tiny box full of excitement and player interaction.
Also, always refer to the rabbit as “Carrots”. It’s a very important house rule.
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Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you Cranio Creations.
Egzemplarz gry zapewnione przez wydawcę. Dziękuję Cranio Creations.