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.
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.
*We were sent the above games for a fair and honest review, and as always that is what I’ve given. The links below are affiliated links *