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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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By Rio Grande Games
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. The game is played with cards which represent goods, people (which 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.
Players 2 aged 10 and up
Length 30 minutes
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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).
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.Read more ›
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.
If you still want the game look at Asante. It is almost 95% the same exact game -- and it is in print (cheap). If you are not a collector and just want to play - Asante is the game for you. All the fun and enough money to buy more stuff from Amazon.
Skip the 3rd party ripoff - buy Asante or at least watch the video review on Board Game Geek by Tom Vasel.
The game is extremely simple to play, which surprised me a bit. Often in card games like this, getting used to the card types and their effects can take a little time. In the case of Jambo, the cards were easy to understand and neither Vinnie (11) nor myself had problems understanding what they did. The cards themselves are nice to look at and convey information relatively well. The manual does a good job in explaining how the game works, though some of the explanations felt long-winded.
There is a fair amount of strategy involved, especially when picking and playing utility cards. My son enjoyed playing the "scale", which allowed him to draw two cards, pick one to keep, and give me the other one. This worked to his advantage, but I was enjoying a steady stream of cards as a result. The limited space on the market stands will make players think twice before buying up the first ware cards that they are presented with. I often waited to buy until I had a similar ware card that I could quickly use to sell the wares I just bought. Later in the game as I purchased markets stands, I was able to buy wares from two or three cards at a time, then use one or two to sell some of them. Luck comes into play a bit as you sometimes may not draw the ware cards you need to sell the wares you have. The game does offset this by giving certain action cards the ability to sell any wares you want, but at a reduced price.
Vinnie summed up his review with one short sentence, "This is a great game right here." The game was simple enough for him to play but complex enough that it didn't bore him. He enjoyed buying up all of the wares he could, though often didn't understand the concept of making a profit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first four Jambos weren't as good. I'm a big fan of Jambo #5.Published 1 month ago by Mikey Schott
We are always on the lookout for good travel games that pack away tightly and are playable by just two people. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Megan E.
We have had this game for about two years and we really like it. It is simple enough where it could be learned relatively quickly but involves some strategy and interaction between... Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by bywater7
This was a gift. Person loved the book and said it was fun. She always wanted this game when she gets together with her MENSA group. Yes, brilliant people play games too! Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Victoria Anderson
On first playthrough, I thought "oh no, we bought a dud." It's a capitalism game, simple as that. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013
My husband and I love this game. It is an easy to learn card-based game. Each card enables you to do specific actions so that you can buy and sell merchandise. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Josh & Michelle
My wife and I try to play every "made for 2 players" game we come across, and this is one of the best. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by monuggs