Timeline and Jungle Speed – Esdevium Games

We were lucky enough recently to be sent some games from Esdevium Games to enjoy, we’ve already reviewed Dobble (there’s a competition to win it for yourself live now!) and here’s our review of Timeline and Jungle Speed.

With the Timeline game, there are different versions that you can buy. You can choose between historical events, science and discoveries, inventions, music & cinema, and general interest. I chose the historical events version of Timeline, as I thought it would help the boys with future history revision.


I did try to play Timeline with the boys, as it does say age 8 plus on it, but I think it’s probably more of a teenage and adult game, unless you have a younger child who is a real history buff. They hadn’t heard of so many of the events on the cards yet, that it made it impossible for them to work out what happened when, which is the aim of the game.

With Timeline you are trying to get rid of all your cards, by correctly placing them in the right place on the time line during the game. Si and I played it ourselves, and it was quite funny seeing just how rusty my history knowledge has become! I like that the game has refreshed that knowledge though, and I think when the boys are a bit older it will do the same for them, and help them to get more historical dates memorised for their school work.

It also, just like the Dobble game we reviewed before, comes in a very handy tin that is small enough for a handbag or carry on luggage, and as it doesn’t require a board it can be played anywhere.

The Jungle Speed game was much more suitable for my boys. The aim of this game is once again to get rid of all of your cards, and also to be the first to grab the Totem in the middle.

Jungle Speed

It’s a card matching game, so you need to pay attention as everyone is turning over their cards. It reminds me a little of snap, except that there are different symbols on the cards that tell you to do different things, and you need fast reflexes with some of them to be the first to grab that Totem.

The boys found it hilarious, that if you grab the Totem when you shouldn’t, you have to then take all of the other players’ cards from their discarded piles and from the centre pot. They mostly found it hilarious, because I grabbed the Totem twice in error – needless to say I didn’t win the game!

Jungle Speed takes a little bit of getting used to, as you have to remember what a few different cards mean, but after the first game where you end up being a little hesitant and referring to the instruction book (mostly if you have a memory as bad as mine) it speeds up and is a lot of fun.

The boys really enjoyed it, and handily it all fits inside the bag that comes with the game to make it more portable and to take up less room.

Jungle Speed

Stevie x

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  1. 9 October 2015 / 8:07 am

    I like the idea of a game in a bag, rather than a box. I bit easier to shove in any random space in the cupboard. I’m looking forward to the boys being able to play card games etc. as they get older (though, I suspect they’ll prefer computer games).


    • 9 October 2015 / 10:33 am

      It is lovely playing games as a family, and you may be surprised mine love computer games but they also love board and card games :)

      Stevie x

  2. Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother
    9 October 2015 / 9:16 am

    Ohhhh never heard of these games, I think my two would love them… which is handy as I need help with christmas presents!


    Gemma xx

    • 9 October 2015 / 10:45 am

      Christmas is getting harder for me now mine are 9 and 11 they’ve grown out of so much already – gulp!

      Stevie xx

  3. Jen
    9 October 2015 / 10:12 am

    While it’ll be some time before my son is playing these games, I appreciated the honest review. Maybe it’ll be sooner than we think … Heck, my son found the Wii controller the other day that has been hidden away for years. I enjoyed the post … As always thanks for sharing #PickNMix

  4. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    9 October 2015 / 11:01 am

    Love a good game :) i want my daughter to get older so i can play with her as my hubbys a bit of a spoil sport and never wants to play with me! haha #picknmix

    • 9 October 2015 / 11:07 am

      Aw there are brilliant games around for toddlers as well, so you’ll only have to wait another year or so ;)

      Stevie x

  5. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    9 October 2015 / 2:07 pm

    These sound great!
    We love games in our house and my son and I (especially!) love history, so Timeline is definitely going on our wish list!

    Laura xx


    • 9 October 2015 / 2:23 pm

      We’re the same wih games but we’re all sooo competitive! ;)

      Stevie xx

  6. 9 October 2015 / 2:12 pm

    A game in a bag is a good idea. I have stacks of board games in the closet. They take up SO much space!

    • 9 October 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Same here, our wardrobes are overflowing!

      Stevie x

  7. There's always Time for tea
    9 October 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I haven’t heard of these games before – Fab idea for christmas! I like the bag idea too xx

    • 9 October 2015 / 8:34 pm

      It’s always nice to find a new game :)

      Stevie x

  8. 9 October 2015 / 4:40 pm

    These look fab, and like they could be good for Christmas presents #picknmix

    • 9 October 2015 / 8:40 pm

      It’s always good to have a new game to play at crimbo :)

      Stevie x

  9. 10 October 2015 / 12:09 am

    I love the concept of a game in a bag! Genius!

    I’m a bit of a history buff so I’d love to try the first game. But totem sounds great fun. One you can even play at grown up parties and at Christmas by the sounds of things. x

    • 10 October 2015 / 11:13 am

      Ha yep I can imagine trying to grab the totem whilst drunk could be pretty funny ;)

      Stevie x

  10. 10 October 2015 / 5:49 pm

    These look like fab games. I especially like the Timeline idea – sounds prefect for refreshing some historical knowledge. Might add these to a Christmas list! Thanks for sharing! :) #PickNMix

    • 10 October 2015 / 6:10 pm

      I was almost embarrassed by how many dates I’d forgotten or didn’t know ;)

      Stevie x

  11. 10 October 2015 / 9:29 pm

    I love this game! It looks really good, comes in a nice bag for travelling, it is small and the game itself is perfect to help our kids to learn more history! Really good review too! :-) x

    • 10 October 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Timeline is definitely an educational one :)

      Stevie x

  12. 14 October 2015 / 11:22 am

    This sound like fun. I can not wait until my E&E are a little older to play these games. :) #PicknMix

    • 14 October 2015 / 12:48 pm

      It’s lovely when you can play more grown up games with them :)

      Stevie x