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Jambo


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  • For 2 players, designed 30 minutes to play
  • Card game with a bean market theme
  • Players take turns with up to 5 actions per turn until one player reaches the goal and wins the game
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B0009QYT5W
  • Item model number: 251RGG
  • Our recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,867 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

The card game Jambo from Rio Grande Games is a fun game of strategy. Jambo! is the friendly greeting Swahili traders offered their customers in Central Africa before colonization. The players are traders in this day, competing to be the first to earn 60 gold by selling tea, hide, fruits, salt, silk and trinkets. Cards represent goods, people (who can help you or hinder your opponent) and animals (which add a bit of spice to the game). Players take turns with up to 5 actions per turn until one player reaches the goal and wins the game!

From the Manufacturer

Gipf is a deceptively simple abstract game that will challenge you and your friends. Add pieces to the board by moving them from the edge. Create rows of four to capture your opponent’s pieces and win the game.

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This game is really fun.
Victoria
Once you've had the game for a while, I'd recommend adding the expansion packs Rio Grande GamesJambo Expansion and Jambo Expansion 2.
Joel Tesler
Although the instructions were initially a bit overwhelming, this game is extremely easy to learn and fun to play.
Angela F.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By juicebox on August 27, 2008
It's often difficult to find a good board game that can be played with just 2 people. Rio Grande Games has done a great job with Jambo, a board game that uses cards and "tokens" (for wares and gold) to depict a market competition between two merchants. Basically you and your opponent are two merchants competing to buy and sell wares, and the first person to reach 60 gold effectively triggers the ending of the game (but his or her opponent then has one last turn to try to catch up to win). The game play is not difficult to pick up but is still complex enough to be slightly strategic, particularly given the wide array of utility cards, people cards, and animal cards that you can play to help yourself and/or hinder your opponent. I wouldn't recommend this for extremely young children, but anyone 12+ should enjoy it.

Compared to other games we've tried, Jambo stands out because it has more replay value than games like Gloom or Guillotine (both games which are fairly dependent on luck, and have low replay value because the fun lies largely with the novelty of the cards and the game concept).

If you're interested in Jambo but want to consider a few other 2-player games, I'd also recommend "Lost Cities" (another card game by Rio Grande that offers a good mix of fun and strategy) or "Set" (this card game is a pure thinking game, sort of like Memory, no luck involved, so I'd recommend it if you're looking for an educational game that can be played with a flexible number of people).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cory W. Yates on September 26, 2010
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Jambo is an amazing game!!! I purchased this game so my newly wedded wife and I could have some fun at home and pass the time without spending much money. This was a perfect purchase for us. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite games of all time. Jambo is a game that involves strategy, but is not difficult to learn. Here are my main points:

1. The goal of the game is to be the first "merchant" to gain 60 gold selling "wares" which are basically goods that you sell. What make this game so much fun are all of the animal cards, people cards, and utility cards. You use these three types of cards for your strategy and they all have different attributes. Animal and people cards are diverse and attack and defend in many different ways. Utility cards are cards that are kept in play and have special abilities that you can use during multiple rounds.

2. Every game will last around 45 minutes which is a big plus because I didn't want a game that ended too fast but I also didn't want a game that took forever. I can honestly tell you that the 45 minutes is a pretty spot on estimate for every Jambo game that you play. As you and your partner become more experienced, it will take around 30 minutes to play.

3. One thing I will say is that if you don't like card games that involved reading some text, you will probably not enjoy this game. The cards that you play have text that explains what the card "does" once you play it. The first three games you are getting used to learning what each card means. For instance, the "crocodile" animal card takes one your opponents utility cards and discards it in the discard pile. It actually says that on the card.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angela F. on January 30, 2008
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I purchased this game as a gift for my boyfriend at Christmas. Although the instructions were initially a bit overwhelming, this game is extremely easy to learn and fun to play. The game is only for two players and takes maybe an hour to play.

It's basically a buying and selling game, wherein you have gold pieces and you purchase and sell goods with the goal of making the most money. Each turn you get five actions, and so the game moves pretty quickly and is never dull, because you can keep track of how many actions your opponent is using or be planning out your next turn in the downtime. What I like best about the game is the end, because it's "not over til it's over" in that the game ends when a player reaches a certain number of points, but the opponent gets one last turn to try to equal or beat that number for the win.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys Settlers of Catan or Puerto Rico or San Juan, and if you haven't played those games, I'd recommend them as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Here is a great little card game for 2, complete with plenty of durable counters/markers, and beautifully designed cards. The game is based on actions. Each player has 5 available every turn. You may use them to draw cards, play cards, use items that you acquire during the game, and to buy/sell goods. You have a small amount of money to start with, and you must manage it carefully. You may play less than 5 actions if you wish, and you gain money each turn by not using them all. The goal is to reach 60 gold nuggets, at which time the other player will have 1 final turn to try to tie with you or pass your total. If they do, they win. If not, you can begin bragging. This rule makes for some interesting strategy decisions.

The game is fun and strategies are quite versatile. This is due to the great variety of cards, which may be played in many different combinations to accomplish whatever your needs are. There are goods cards, which you buy and sell. There are market cards, which you will want to get to create more room for goods, beyond what you start with. There are also character cards, which may help you or hurt your opponent. There are animal cards, which may hurt or help either of you if played. There is a protection card against the animals, which you may hold until needed. And there are utility cards, which are basically objects that when played, are owned by you for the rest of the game and will help you to earn additional money or cards. This is important, because you usually only have a few cards in your hand at a given time. Again, you must manage all of your available actions carefully, because time is an important factor to out-earn your opponent.

You will need some patience to learn the various cards, but they all have clear text on them, as to what they do.
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