Camel Up

Created: Friday, March 18, 2016

Continuing my review of my top gateway boardgames, sees us ready to place some bets on some camels. I only knew about this game at Christmas, when a friend introduced me to it. It was really easy to get to grasps with the rules, and the level of fun instantly made this a favourite of mine.

What's it all about?

In a nutshell, this is a betting/racing game. Each round, camels will move around a track based on a random dice role. The camel to finish first (or on top) wins the race. The players need to place bets on which camel they think will win. There are limited bets that can be purchased, and the sooner you get the bet, the bigger the return. You can also bet on which camel will come last as well. There are special rules that someone can play, such as an oasis on the board (which can help generate some money).

Camels move based on the dice result from the pyramid. This is a hollow container that has all the dice in it (one for each camel colour) and a number of it. This tells the game which camel to move and how far it can move. If camels land on the same spot, they will stack up. Any camel that has a camel on top of it, ALSO moves that camel. This can lead to some pretty amusing betting on which camel could eventually win the race.

The races generally take about 15-20 minutes. The player with the most money at the end of the race wins.


This is a light hearted game and one I would love to play more between more serious games (such as Lords of Waterdeep, Stone Age, etc). It doesn't take too long and generally matches our needs for a five player game (it can support up to 8 players). Because it is a fun quick game, it is suitable for younger people, however people may object due to the gambling mechanism. Our group does not need to worry about this, as we are all adults.

If you are after a quick, fun game (that is not a card game - I still recommend Sushi Go for that), then this is the game for you.

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