Camel Up Board Game
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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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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.
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
1 leg starting player marker
2 rules books (English and German)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know the game. This purchase was not personally for my, but they loves it. Even this is from 8y their 5y old got it in seconds, and then was winning almost through whole game! Read morePublished 11 days ago by a_patch
Camel up is as fun to play as it is beautiful, and is consistently sat at the top of the games cabinet ready to play again. Read morePublished 22 days ago by James Flanagan
This is a brilliant board game, very well designed and a good balance between skill of calculating probabilities and permutations and luck of the dice roll. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma_W
Had a lot of fun with this game. It takes a round for people to feel confident with the rules first time, but everyone we've played with aged 8 to 75 have picked it up and enjoyed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by strangedude
I love this game. It's very simple to learn which makes a nice change from the more complicated ones we normally play - Caylus, Bora Bora,, Agricola etc.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richie Rich
Make Saturday night games night with this amazingly entertaining game.
You each bet on which camels you think will win or lose... simple right? Wrong. Read more