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Camel Up (2014) is a crazy push-your-luck game where you bet on and influence camel races. Each turn you can move the camels, bet on which will win or place tokens to slow or speed things up. It's clever because it rewards players who make bets early and it's fun because the camels stack and carry each other along in unpredictable ways.

Play involves taking turns to perform one of your actions. If you rollĀ a particular colour dice you give that camel a chance to get ahead. If you pick a betting slip you can increase your potential winnings. Or you can influence the race by cheering or booing.

There's an added complexity because the camels stack neatly on top of each other. This means that if the red camel lands on the yellow camel, the next time the yellow camel moves it takes the red camel with it. It's a simple idea that adds chances to trick and double-cross other players as they attempt to get the camel they bet on to the front.

The updated version of the game in 2018 improved the artwork, game board and dice quality. It also adds some new game styles. The stand-out feature is the new rogue camels that run the race in the opposite direction to add an even greater challenge to predicting the winner.

The result is a lot of fun, with a surprising amount of depth. By paying attention to the camel movement as well as the bets that other players have made you can set in place plans to turn things around at the last moment.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Camel Up 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Push-Your-Luck and Race game with Traversal elements. You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. The camel movement and options for each turn are simple to learn. It takes a bit longer to understand the depth of acting quickly on bets and how the game rewards this with more points.

The first time you play, this can help you get stated:
  • Play a round with just three players.
  • Highlight how points are higher for people betting sooner.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young children can enjoy the simple camel racing premise but will need help in planning bets, acting early and taking risks on predictions before things are certain. They also need to be able to cope with other players targeting their bets by advancing other camels.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2018

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 3-8

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Race and Traversal

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Pegasus Spiele (@PegasusSpiele)


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