Updated: Mar 3
Jungle Thrills Card Game, Pictured by Racey Helps, A Pepys Game.
First Published: 1955, A Pepys Game by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Racey Helps
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
The pack has 42 Animal cards and 2 Hunter cards. There are 7 different animals in sets of 3 and 2 cards of each design. Each set contains cards that feature 1, 2 or 3 animals.
Jungle Thrills cards in sets: Lions, Monkeys & Zebras
Jungle Thrills cards in sets: Hippos, Tigers & Giraffes
Jungle Thrills cards: The Elephant set and A Hunter Card
The objective of the game, given in the rules, is to "bag" animals in the hunting sense i.e. to kill game animals, the more the better. The Hunter cards greatly benefit players.
The game wasn't a success and it was replaced the following year by Safari a wildlife friendly version that used exactly the same cards. A new box and a simple rewrite of the rules, making the Hunters into penalty cards, were all that was required.
Racey Helps' magnificent illustrations look just as good in either version, they are my favourite examples of his work.
For details of all the games Racey Helps illustrated for Pepys click this link.
The pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.
Game & Version Details
Jungle Thrills - Card Back
Jungle Thrills - Rules Front
Jungle Thrills - Rules Back
Riders of the Range
The Famous Five
Jungle Thrills - Box Back
Jungle Thrills - Box Top
Jungle Thrills - Box Side Left
Jungle Thrills - Box Base
Jungle Thrills - Box Side Right
Jungle Thrills - Box Back With Flap