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Camel Up Board Game

4.8 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
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  • 2014 Spiel des Jahres
  • Enter the world of the craziest camel race ever
  • Ages 8+
  • 20 to 30 minute playing time
  • 2 to 8 players

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Technical Details
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions29.7 x 7.6 x 29.7 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model numberPEG54541G
Main Language(s)German published, English manual, English
Number of Game Players2 to 8
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
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ASINB00ICF0OZQ
Best Sellers Rank 4,196 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
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Date First Available3 Mar. 2014
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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Witness the craziest camel race of all time, as things really go topsy-turvy when camels stack up and entire pyramids turn upside down.

As members of Egyptian high society, you gather in the desert with one simple goal: to gain the most money by backing the right camel to win a leg or even the entire race. However, in this race, it's not just the lucky ones who can beat the odds. Reading the dynamics of the race and having a good sense of timing is just as important when it comes to backing the right camels and taking the victory.

Camel Up is a simple, quick and outrageously exciting family game that can be enjoyed by up to 8 players.

Box Contains

1 game board
1 dice pyramid
5 wooden camels
5 wooden dice
40 race betting cards
15 leg betting tiles
5 pyramid tiles
8 desert tiles
20 money cards
50 coins
1 leg starting player marker
2 rules books (English and German)


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I like to buy board games to play with my children of 6 and 4. Trying to find something that's entertaining for them to play whilst simultaneously entertaining for us adults is quite a difficult task. This game has certainly done the trick, being both tactile, attractive to look at whilst also being a great game to play and completing in a little over ten to fifteen minutes.

The chunky camel tokens are very nicely done, as is pyramid dice dispenser. The artwork on the board is also lovely with lots of little touches like names 'carved' into the bricks of the pyramid and a comically collapsed camel on the board to denote the place where you bet on the losing camel.

We've played about ten games so far and the races can be quite unpredicably unpredictable which makes it wildly entertaining: the camel piling mechanic works really well to allow losing camel to propel themselves forwards into first or second place and there is great satisfaction in preempting and betting on this happening when your peers have not.
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A serious board gamer or just looking for a bit of accessible fun?
Both are catered for with this game.

Up for game of the year 2014 and easy to see why...

My friends and I play a good number of games on a regular basis and this immediately established itself as a go to winner.

A simple board and ostensibly basic set of playing options make this game really easy to grasp (no four hour rule read through and stumble through first play here) mean you will be up and running in a few minutes and enjoying, rather than enduring, your first play.

You do not race a specific camel, rather you all bet on the leg and overall winner (and loser) which earns you coins. The winner is the person with the most coins at race end. You each have the option to roll for a camel move, place a bet, deploy an obstacle or bonus and that's it! The genius is in the fact that the camels can piggy pack lifts from each other and the options mean the positions can change places radically in short order. This means a camel that looks like a sure fire winner can suddenly be dead last - bad news if you have just placed your bet for him to win!

Despite the radical fluctuations, the potential for the race outcome to change is more driven by the strategy of players rather than blind luck so keeps the interest and fun factor high.

If you are in the market for a 20ish minute a go game that you will be happy to play lots, get this.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2016
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Camel Up (or “Camel Cup” as I was calling it for ages!) is one of those board games I wasn’t expecting much from. Although I could see it won the ‘2014 Spiel der Jahres’, it just looked a bit second rate. But I was very wrong!

Like most board-games, it seems overly complex to start with – but once you jump in and get into the rhythm of the turns, you realise that the mechanics of the game are actually quite simple and incredibly clever. The objective is easy – You have a camel race, you can bet on the overall outcome of the race and you can also bet on the individual legs of the race. How many legs there are per race depends on how many players and what they decide to do – so no two games are the same. At the end of the race, the player with the most money wins.

During your turn you can move the camels, or place a bet. You can also place a piece on the board to interrupt the flow of the game. What you decide to do depends on how the race is going – once you’ve placed a bet you will want to try an influence the race so that the result favours you, or you may simply want to disrupt an opponent’s game. When you first see this game it looks like a game of chance, and I find those a little boring. But this is no simple game of chance, strategy plays a big part in the game and there’s not set strategy guaranteed to work every time which means that you have to analyse the board. For example: if a camel lands on the space where there is another camel, it is placed on top of it. This means that the freshly placed camel is ahead of the ones underneath *AND* moves along with them, however the game can all change very quickly and a leading camel can become a loser in just 1 or 2 moves.
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good fun game, easy to learn but there are sufficient strategies to keep you interested. if you are into games or having a games evening, i'd say this was a warm up game before the main event, with 4 people it takes around 20 mins to play.
why not 5 stars? well the dice shaker, which is a cardboard pyramid, sometimes releases 2 dice instead of just the 1 (as required) , and the characters don't have names, we made up our own, but it would have been good to have had imaginative names instead of white, blue, yellow etc! (especially as there is a picture for each character, arab, explorer etc.)
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Great fun at Christmas. What is a relatively simple board game has the ability to develop into a classic strategy game. You can choose to advance the camels around the board, better on the round winner or loser but will another camel land on your choice and cost you the game. A good choice to play with all the family.
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