• Peter Berthoud

Jungle Thrills

Updated: Sep 4

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: Lions, Monkeys & Zebras


Jungle Thrills cards in sets: Hippos, Tigers & Giraffes

Jungle Thrills cards in sets: Hippos, Tigers & Giraffes


Jungle Thrills cards: The Elephant set and a Hunter Card

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.


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



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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


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