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It was last modified on: 2001-04-10
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Shou Dou Qi: The Battle of Animals - The Jungle Game. Simulated conflict between animal kingdoms. (7x9, Cells: 63) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
João wrote on 2013-11-13 UTCBelowAverage ★★
Dog higher than wolf??? BTW, a jaguar is totally different from a leopard. It is as close to it as it is to a tiger or a lion.

Nicholas Wolff wrote on 2009-11-15 UTC
I concur with the below statements on the incorrect naming of the game. Also, I am quite fond of the first two pictures of the home made boards in the pictures. Does anyone know how they were made? I have a nice board for this game, as well, with some nice pieces. One of my favorite games, hands down.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2009-03-12 UTCPoor ★
I wonder why the name of the game in this page is not corrected as stated by many comments. It can be verified. Correct name is Doushouqi. Shou dou qi is incorrect!

George Duke wrote on 2008-05-09 UTCGood ★★★★
63 squares has been done on 7x9.

Nathan Zhang wrote on 2006-07-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I am currently in the process of creating a widget engine for cross-platform gaming known as the Five Animals Gamerwidget Engine (Five Animals Kung fu, not Five Animals Qi Gong). One of the games I am going to create is based on C S Lewis' Narnia books and a game I saw on this site, known as 'Nemeroth'.

Basically, the game I am going to create will be called 'The War of the Animals: The Thousand Battles' and will star (unremarkably) Humans as commanders for Aslan and Sorcerers as commanders for Nemeroth. The game will involve the same physics as Dou Shou Qi and the same graphics (though not the same graphic nature) of Battlefield 2: Special Forces. I am hoping this game will at least garner as much attention as somehting like Rome: Total War or World of Warcraft.

Wish me luck!

Pwee Keng Ho wrote on 2006-06-11 UTC

The name of the game is Dou Shou Qi and not Shou Dou Qi.

Please get any Chinese-speaking person to look at a box with the title on it to verify this for you.

Many pictures of many different sets are available at the Board Game Geek entry for this game:


I hope the error can be corrected. The error here may have contributed to causing the error to be repeated at BGG (and possibily elsewhere), but fortunately that has been rectified. It would be nice if this page also showed the correct name of this game.


Keng Ho

person wrote on 2006-06-06 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Adam Green wrote on 2005-12-01 UTC
'A piece of a player in one of his own trap squares cannot be taken by the opponent.'

There is no such rule, many believed in such a rule, but in the newest version of the rules, this does not exist. However, some earlier versions of the game might have printed with this rule. Dog is ranked higher than wolf, whether that was a mistake, we'll have to stick with it.

Rolf Schindler wrote on 2004-12-23 UTC
There is a very nice freeware-version of the Jungle Game by Peter Donnelly at called Animal Game. It has very nice graphics and you can play against a computer opponent which has different skill levels. For Windows.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2004-08-30 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Viktor is right, twice. The Chinese name of the game is Dou Shou Qi meaning 'Game of fighting animals'. And, true, there is a mistake in the given rules : a trap does not affect at all a friendly piece. It only affects enemy pieces.

Biafra wrote on 2004-04-19 UTC
Is there a rule for repetitive forward and back play ? What to do if you have a tiger jumping over and back a lake and a lion doing the same thing nearby (going after it) :) 'Go' has a rule against this.

Víktor Bautista i R wrote on 2004-01-12 UTCPoor ★
I think your rules are wrong. You say: 'A piece of a player in one of his own trap squares cannot be taken by the opponent.'. It's not true. Nothing changes when you are on your own traps. So, the comment be Ralf `Panther` Gering, What is wrong with Shou Dou Qi?, makes no sense. <P> Btw, the original name is Dou Shou Qi, not Shou Dou Qi. <P>

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