Camel Up - The Card Game Board Game by Pretzel Games

Camel Up - The Card Game Board Game by Pretzel Games

And they’re off! Five camels desperately race through the desert in Camel Up Card Game. Play your cards, make your bets, and get your camel across the finish line before traps, distractions, or wayward camels push someone else into the lead.
Base Game

Setup Time
5 Mins
Play Time
30-45 Mins
2 to 6
Age Level
8 and Up
Our Reviews
$16.00 USD
$16.00 USD
Our Reviews Details What's in the Box? How To Play Rule Book Reviews and Questions

Camel Up Card Game - A Family Review

First things first, this game is about betting and gambling. If that’s not your vibe, no sweat! We encourage you to skip this game and try something different instead. But, if you’re still here, get ready for a zany, fast-paced camel race game in the desert!

You know what our kids loved immediately? The tactile game pieces. The money is actual plastic coins, the board is a sandy racing track (don’t worry, not real sand!), the camel game pieces are colourful and stack on top of one another is a super satisfying way. You can tell a lot of thought went into the visual design of the game.

9yo: “I really liked the money tokens.”

The rules of Camel Up Card Game are a bit dense and change throughout the game depending on the progress of the camels on the track. Our suggestion? Watch a how-to-play video if you don’t feel like slogging through the rulebook.

11yo: “I liked that there was some luck and some strategy.”

Although there’s a luck element to Camel Up Card Game, there’s the opportunity for a lot of strategy as well. We found this added enough thought to make it fun for the adult players and enough challenge for the kids—but the luck element still gave everyone a chance to win.

The kids played their turns with very little help or direction from us, but the setup for each round was cumbersome. We think kids 10 and up may be able to play this without an adult, but younger kids would need help setting up each round and remembering the game rules.

One of our kids’ favourite things to do was create stories for each of the camels! Why was the black camel going backwards? Why was one camel so much slower than the others? Each camel got a name, and the parents were admonished if we forgot to call the blue camel “Blueberry.” By the end of the game our kids were less invested in which player won and very invested in cheering on the winning camel!

There’s an intriguing depth to the way you choose which cards go into the racing deck, and there’s some clever design in how players can “steal” another player’s face up racing card. We figure that this game sits in a really cool space between silly racing game and shrewd tactical engine, but we’d have to play more sessions to really know if careful planning can outweigh the randomness.

If that sounds intriguing to you, pick up Camel Up Card Game! You’ll have a great time stacking camels and groaning when your bet goes backwards.

Helpful hints

  • We renamed the “crazy camel” to the “confused camel.” Because ableism isn’t cool.
  • It’s easy to misinterpret the betting cards in the heat of the game—always read your bets before you commit to them!


Camel Up The Card Game brings a new way to enjoy the camel race with a racing deck! While keeping the same excitement as the board game, the card game experience gives the players a little bit more insight and control on the race. Don't forget about the crazy camel!

In this brand new camel race, the camels carry each other along the track while you bet to your heart’s content.

If you know the boardgame Camel Up, you will recognize a lot of things here but you’ll also experience quite different and entertaining gameplay. If you’ve never played Camel Up before, this card game will get you hooked on the world of piggybacky, camel racing fun.

What's in the Box

  • 6 Camels
  • 90 Cards
  • 80 Egyptian Pound Coins
  • Starting Player Marker
  • 1 Fennec Marker
  • 1 Shortcut Marker
  • 6 Fennec Tokens
  • 6 Shortcut Tokens

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