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      05.12.2012 14:36
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      A great game!

      Jenga is a simple design but a fun game.  All that is involved are 54 wooden "bricks", which looks like small versions of rail tracks at around 7cm long and 2 cm wide and 1cm thick.  

      My Junga come in aluminium long thin tin, so I can build the Junga bricks into the tower inside and the turn the tin upside down and pull the tin off, rather like taking a jelly out of a mould, however it is also possible to build the bricks without the tin although it's more difficult to get a straight tower!

      The tower is built in bricks widths of three.  So three are layer down and then another three are layer on top at a 90 degree angle and so on.  Technically the person who builds the tower is the first to play - move the first brick from the tower.

      So, that's the game.  Each player takes their turn to remove a brick from the tower and then place it on the top of the tower.  I'd the tower crashes, even in a small way the game is over and the winner is the last person who took and then replaced a brick.  The rules are simple: you can only use one hand and you can "bump" a brick to see if it is loose, that's it!

      This was a really fun game to play when I was a student after. Night out, which ma the game just that little bit more difficult!  Now it's more of an after dinner party kind of game, however recently we have started playing it with my daughter, although she is more interested in making things with the bricks than playing the game.

      Jenga comes from the Swahili word "to build" and was invented by Leslie Scott.  It is marketed by the Parker Brothers.

      You can pick a Jenga up for around £10 - £15, which for a game which lasts and is such good fun to play is worth the cost.  I think we will be getting this game out over Christmas, can't wait!

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      04.12.2012 17:25
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      A Great Game That's Simple Yet Brilliant

      Jenga is one of those iconic games that has been around forever. The simple game has spurned various spin offs ranging from giant Jenga to computer games based on the game. This game has been going for decades and yet it still remains a great fun game that sells massive amounts year on year. I was playing this the other week and I spotted it here on Dooyoo so I thought I must give it a review.

      If you have never heard of Jenga, which I seriously doubt, well it's a simple game involving wooden blocks. The idea of the game is to build up the Jenga tower and then remove the blocks one at a time until the tower falls over. The player who knocks the tower over is of course the looser.

      The game rules are pretty simple and universal. Although there are instructions most people work out how to play on there own. Once the tower is complete you must take it in turns to remove one block at a time. If you touch a block you must remove it, you can't change your mind when it's half way out. When the block has been removed you place it on top of the tower. The tower is built up in layers of three blocks which face one way then the other. It only takes a minute to build the tower up and get the game started. Although these are the basic and standard rules some people do have little variations on the way they play the game.

      If you want to buy Jenga then in a toy shop it will usually set you back around £15. But there are literally thousands of these floating around so you can often pick them up in charity shops for just a few pounds. Some people even make their own blocks and do it on the cheap that way.

      When it comes to tactics it's surprising how seriously some people take the game. Some people like to take middle blocks and some like to take the ones on the edges. When the game starts it's all very easy but as the tower gets higher and higher and starts to wobble it really is a test of nerve and a steady hand.

      The box that Jenga comes in is pretty straight forward, the one I have is an older one and it just has the simple instructions and there is also a piece of card that helps you to line the tower up nice and straight. One of the great appeals of this game is just how simple it is, anyone can play both young and old.

      Jenga is one of my all time favourite games and it will no doubt be around for many years yet. This game is one that always creates a bit of fun and is so easy for people to get involved. If you have never played this then you really are missing out. Get yourself some blocks, build a tower and then have great fun seeing who knocks it over first.

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        03.12.2012 18:33
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        a classic game

        When it comes to choosing a gift to give a child for Christmas or birthdays then you can't go wrong with Jenga, a simple block building game which seems to have universal appeal. It's a game which doesn't beep or have flashing lights and instead consists of 54 simple rectangular blocks but it is guaranteed to give hours of fun and frustration.

        The game is a simple one, the blocks are built into a tower where each level has 4 blocks , one layer will have them placed in one direction and on the next level the blocks the blocks are placed in the opposite orientation. Each player has to take turns to remove a block from one of the lower levels and place it at the top of the tower without making the whole construction fall over. The winner is the last one to succesfuly place a block.

        The rules of the game are so simple that everyone picks it up within a few minutes. There are a number of different strategies people can use to increase their chances of success when it comes to removing and placing blocks. You can tap the blocks to see if one will come out easily, pull them out gently, take blocks from the side or just whip them out quickly. It is easy on the early turns of the game but gets increasingly difficult as the game progresses and there is a lot of concentration and tension as it gets close to the tower falling.

        Jenga is enjoyed by all ages, the manufacturers say that 5 is the minimum recommended age for play; the youngest child I have played with was 6 and she did surprisingly well. It is a game which will help to develop co-ordination and problem solving skills in kids but they don't care about that and want to play because it is fun.

        Jenga is a game which will appeal to both boys and girls and both younger and older children so it is a brilliant game for the whole family to play together. It is a game which is generally enjoyed by adults too unlike many other board games out there where adults grin and bear it for the sake of keeping the children happy. Each game takes around 10 minutes or so before the tower falls and needs to be built up again, that is the one annoyance of the game that the pieces go everywhere when the game os over.

        Jenga is a classic game which will be welcomed into most homes with a smile and will give the players lots of enjoyment.

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        31.10.2012 15:55
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        My favourite game, and its really simple!

        Introduction:

        There are many different games that I can remember from my childhood, and my favourite is jenga! I still play Jenga now on rainy days. Its a game that comes out on family occasions such as birthdays and christmas. Jenga is such a simple, yet exciting game. Its a game for all ages, but you have to have a steady hand.

        Price:

        Jenga can be purchased from many stores, the price ranges from £5-10 depending on where you buy it. Its a good value game seeing as you can pay £20 for a board game. The jenga I have was bought when I was little so I haven't had to buy another Jenga since. Its a long term investement because the jenga blocks are solid and could never break (within reason).

        Whats it Like?:

        The aim of the game is to build a tower with the blocks. You remove one brick and place it on the top, some bricks will be easy to move and some will be hard. The person who knocks the Jenga over is the loser. Its a game that needs skill and patience. You can play with a few people so its a good family game. Its really fun because sometimes the tower looks like it is going to fall, but then it won't and the pressure is on the next person's go. The laughter that can be had from the game is something that always makes me happy. The sound of the tower crashing over is loud and always makes me jump even when I know it is going to fall. When my family play this game there is so much laughter, shouting and general fun. Its such a simple idea for a game but is one of the best. The tower is easy to construct because you are given a cardboard tray to stand up the blocks.

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        The jenga bricks are made out of wood and have the words Jenga wriiten on the side. They are not very heavy but feel very solid. As a kid I also used the Jenga bricks to build castles, roads and just stack them in different ways. I have had so much fun with the blocks. Its amazing how much fun can be had with a pile of wooden blocks.

        Overall:

        I would recommend you get yourself some Jenga, its a game for all ages and can pass the time nicely on rainy days. I have had so much fun over the years with this classic game. I can guarantee this will make you smile. I am going to be giving Jenga a huge 5 star rating. The instructions for how to play the exact rules is on the packaging, they are detailed yet simple so you know the rules. Thanks so much for reading my review, I hope it helped you decided on your next game to play with your family!

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        01.05.2012 19:03
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        A good family game that will while away a wet British summer.

        A couple of years ago the husband and I decided to give the children a more traditional theme to the Christmas presents, we picked out lots of board games and among the one's we chose was Jenga. A quick look on Amazon.co.uk tells me that Jenga currently retails at £10.99 with free delivery. There are also quite a few cheaper versions of Jenga called things like, "Towering Blocks" and "Tumbling Tower Blocks" retailing at lower prices, but I personally recommend the original by Hasbro.

        My Jenga set came in a cardboard box, the new sets come in a sturdy looking cardboard tube. To be honest I think the new packaging looks better and looks as though it will take more wear and tear. My cardboard packaging soon became very tired and tatty looking and had to be discarded in favour of a Tupperware tub.

        The recommended age for Jenga is 6+ but my youngest daughter was giving this a go from about the age of 4, I think it is great at that age as it encourages hand/eye coordination and patience, but also provides great laughs when it tumbles and she spent many hours stacking and knocking the Jenga blocks down.

        Jenga consists of 54 hard wood blocks, the blocks are very smooth and I have never come across one that has splintered. Each block has the name Jenga printed down the sides. In the box you get a stacking sleeve, which is basically a cut away cardboard rectangle that helps you stack the Jenga blocks neatly, To build the Jenga tower you lay three blocks facing (for example) east to west, you then layer the next three blocks on top of these facing north to south, you carry on like this till you have built yourself a wooden tower, you then carefully slide the wooden tower out the stacking sleeve on to a level surface and you are away.

        The rules of the game dictate that the one who builds the tower gets to go first and then the next player is the one on the left (unless you are all alone and playing with yourself!!). When it is your turn you carefully select a Jenga block that you are going to remove, you then manipulate this block, using one hand only, until it is free. You then restack the block on top of the tower in the correct orientation; you are then supposed to wait 10 seconds to see if you have caused the tower to topple before it is the next players turn. The winner is the person who is the last to stack a block without the tower falling and the player who tumbled the tower has to rebuild it.

        The above description does make Jenga sound quite boring, but I can guarantee you it is far from boring. Some variations on Jenga played in our house are "we are drunk let's play Jenga" we are lucky if we can stack the tower and when we do the game does not last long. "Speed Jenga" you only get ten seconds to select your brick, remove it and restack it and "Shot's Jenga" where each time you successfully remove and restack a block you get a shot of your favourite short, this game can quickly descend in to the first version.

        Some of the official versions of Jenga are, Throw 'n go Jenga, involving coloured blocks and a six sided die. Jenga truth or dare where some of the blocks have "truth" or "dare" written on them and Jenga XXL which is Jenga but on a massive scale. I would love to have Jenga XXL but it is very expensive.

        In conclusion my Jenga set has lasted well, virtually all of the Jenga blocks are in good as new condition, a few have been misplaced, but that does not detract from the game play at all. The only down side was that my original packaging did not last long, but Hasbro seem to of sorted that out with the new packaging. I heartily recommend Jenga as a great family game suitable from 6+ and ideal for this lovely British summer we are having.

        Thank you for reading.

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        17.02.2012 09:22
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        Once it's built it is great fun for everyone!

        Jenga is one of those games that either everyone has played or at least heard of, it's a classic. What makes it such a classic in my opinion is that it is a game that is easy to understand and can be played by all the family.

        **What is Jenga?**

        Jenga is a game that is based around 54 wooden blocks. Each block measures 1.5×2.5×7.5 cm making them 3 times as long as they are wide.

        These blocks are placed in rows on 3 one row on top of the other in order to create a tower. One row will be vertical, the next horizontal, this pattern continues throughout the tower until the 18 levels are in place.

        The aim of the game is to pull out one block at a time and to place that block on top of the tower to create more levels. Sounds simple enough but as the game goes on the structure becomes more unstable and the game can become very intense.

        **My experience**

        I absolutely love this game and have been a fan for many years. Setting up the game is easy enough but can be a bit tedious. However once this has been done you are all set!

        The rules of the game are very simple to understand making the game suitable for a wide range of ages. The blocks are also of a good size for little hands to get hold of making it perfect for the kids to play.

        Whilst I am on the subject of the blocks I have to say that they are extremely hard wearing. We have had our set of jenga for about 10 years and the blocks are still going strong. It is not often these days you can get a decent game which still remains in tact for that long.

        Jenga has always provided great entertainment in my house. And although it is great fun to play it also helps the mind to think strategically and helps to improve your hand co-ordination. When that tower is wobbling you need a steady hand!

        **Price and availability**
        You can buy this game online and in most toy stores it is priced between £8 and £12 depending on where you buy it from.

        **Conclusion**

        I cant recommend this game highly enough. It is the perfect game to get all the family involved or for if you are having a night in with friends. A classic game that deserved 5 stars.

        --also on ciao--

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          A great game everyone should own as it keeps any age entertained

          Jenga is a great game that you can play with friends or family, or even alone if you want to see how tall you can make the tower yourself without it toppling over! Generally, this game is said to be for children over the age of five, as although quite simple, it also requires some skill to make sure the tower doesn't fall over. The game combines skill, paitence and strategy, and makes for a great game that will have you competing against all your friends and family.

          My family have been playing this game since I was as young as my sister, however somehow when we moved house we seemed to lose our original Jenga game. Therefore, for a Christmas gift, we were given Jenga to replace the previous one. It cost around £10, as most Jenga games do, however I have seen some in Argos for much cheaper than this at around £5.

          You first begin the game by making your tower, by putting 3 blocks together vertically, and then on top of them putting another 3 vertically. You continue doing this until you run out of blocks, and then you are ready tok play! The main premise of the game is to take out the blocks of the tower,player by player, and place them on top, as you go along building a higher and higher tower. Using strategy you must also find the tower blocks that will make your opponents make the tower topple, winning you the overall game.

          Within the actual game itself, it contains fifty four wooden blocks with the game name Jenga stamped accross them, with each individual one about 2 inches long. The tower itself when built is around 11 inches. Within the actual box itself, there is also a paper mould, which you can base your towerbuilding off of when it topples.

          My whole family love this game, and have played it a lot since we first bought it. The game is quite tense throughout to, as you are always constantly worrying about who will topple the tower over first. The only annoying and thing that takes the most time though, is rebuilding it after it has fallen over!

          I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun game that combines skill and tension, making for overall moments of fun and enjoyment for everyone. Almost anyone can play it, so it always makes a great gift for anyone who does not already own this great game.

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          A good game to entertain the kids on a wet afternoon!

          Jenga.

          Jenga is a brilliant game that combines patience and fine manual dexterity. It is recommended that this game is suitable for those over the age of five. It can be found on line from £9 upwards.

          What is Jenga?

          A similar game is reported to have been played for years by the Swahili in Africa where blocks of wood are placed together building a tower like structure. Pieces of wood are gingerly removed from the stable structure then placed on the top building it higher but leaving the structure weakened and prone to tumbling. The aim of the game is to remove as many pieces as is possible until someone takes a turn and the structure crumbles and collapses.

          So what is in the box?

          There are fifty four pieces of oblong wooden blocks that have the word Jenga written on one side of the block. The blocks measure approximately two inches long by just less than one inch square.

          How do you play the game?

          Initially you build the tower by making sure that the tower is built on a flat surface placing three blocks that forms the base. The next layer is built up on top of the base layer with three blocks alternating so you have one layer with the long side towards you then the next layer with the smaller side facing you as you build up the tower.
          Once the tower has been built each player must remove one of the blocks and place it on the top waiting to take their turn after each player. Eventually the tower becomes unstable due to the lack of support of the structure and as it gets higher it begins to wobble as each new block is added to the top. The player has to have nerves of steal and a very steady hand to place their piece on the top. Eventually the tower becomes so unstable that the merest touch causes the tower come crashing down. We have played this game with a couple of handicaps added to make it more fun for example only using your left hand. It's also quite fun playing the game after a few drinks as your senses are not quite up to building with fine precision required to build the tower under the influence.

          This game has been around for as long as I can remember and not only was it a good game when I was a child my daughter and grand children play this today and no doubt their children will do too. A brilliant way of keeping the kids entertained on a wet or cold afternoon. It teaches fine dexterity, communication skills, observational skills, patience waiting for a turn and sharing. The tension and breath holding can be quite nerve wracking trying not to knock the tower over when it is your turn.

          I would recommend this game for children and adults alike.
          There are XX large Jenga sized games that can be played in the garden which are also good fun and these can be had for around £27-£30 pound.

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            Jenga

            > One of my favourite drinking games is drinking Jenga. Whilst this may not be the traditional way to play the game in my opinion it is way more fun which gets ever more funnier with every drink you take.

            I will firstly explain the regular game of Jenga and then explain how you can turn it in to drinking Jenga.

            Jenga involves a tower of wooden blocks that you have to move from their original position and build again on top of each other. To begin with the blocks are in a solid tower in rows of three. On the first layer the blocks will go vertically and then on the next layer they will go horizontally so you have a pattern. The tower can be built with the help of the cardboard box that they come in. The first player to take a turn must release on of these blocks from the tower and place it on the top of the towers. The rules are that you must release a block from at least two rows down and that you must only use one hand to complete the whole manoeuvre. It's quite easy at the beginning but once the tower gets higher and higher it's harder to find a block that is easy to move. If you to blue the tower over with your turn then you lose the game.

            With drinking Jenga the same rules apply but then you add forfeits onto the blocks. You can write on the blocks with permanent pen and examples of dares/forfeits include, "drink a shot," "do a silly dance" "down a beer" and so on, making up your own ones. You don't have to add a comment to every block so you get the added pressure of not only having to replace a block but doing a dare as well. A few rounds in you can get quite tipsy and then the game gets even funnier.

            A fun variation of the classic game.

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              A fun game for a steady hand

              Every Christmas my Mum just can't help herself but to get out a the classic Jenga and get the whole family round a table competing to be the ultimate tower building champion.

              Jenga is a simple game which test ones skill to stay calm, collected and remain steady handed.

              The game can be played with two or more players. A tower is built up with blocks then the game begins. Each player takes it in turn to remove a piece from the tower and place it on the top to continually weaken the structure and build the tower higher. The tower is made up of 54 wooden blocks, all identically in size and weight. Three are lined up flat against each other then three more placed on top creating a criss cross pattern. This is continued until all blocks are used. Some people play the person who knocks over the tower is the loser and everyone else wins. We like to eliminate the person who knocks over the tower, rebuild and continue playing until one person is left, they are the named the winner.

              I have played this with people of all ages ranging from 8 to 80. Nothing is more frustrating than losing to an 8 year old girl. With kids it really gets them focusing and there is the joy of shouting "JENGA" when the tower topples.

              The wooden blocks are natural coloured and very strong. I have had my set for over ten years and there is no damage at all. It tends to cost around £8 - £15 which is worth it even if you only play at Christmas.

              Apart from the frustration of losing it can be quite annoying and tedious to rebuild every time the tower topples. Despite that it is a great family game.

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                fun family game

                Jenga is a Christmas classic in our family. It always gets dusted off around this time of year for a few games on Christmas night after a few drinks. We have had our set for a couple of years now but our childhood sets (at my parents and the in-laws) are still going strong too - a testament to how well made the sets are.

                For those unfamiliar, the game is a basic one. You are provided with 54 hard wood block - all of which are the same size and shape. They are cuboid in shape and have 'Jenga' imprinted on them. To start the game, the blocks are stacked into a tower by placing them in rows of three and placing another layer facing the other way round on top, continuing this until a tower is built. A stacking card is included in the box to help this and to help you ensure that your tower is perfectly straight to begin with. Each player then takes a turn to remove a block from the tower, using only one hand. Once removed, you need to then stack it on top of the tower. Only then is your turn over. The idea of the game is to build the tower as tall as you can and avoid it toppling over on your turn. The winner is the last player to successfully remove and stack a block before the tower topples.

                The game is simple to play and great fun. It is a game of both skill and luck and really tests your nerves! You can play with as many players as you like, which makes it great for family gatherings (especially Christmas) and it can be played by young and old alike. It never fails to entertain us, although it can be tense at times! Even though it is expected, we nearly all jump when the tower falls. And, when it does, it can sometimes be a hunt for missing pieces before the tower can be built again as there is a tendency for them to scatter everywhere! Probably the most annoying thing about the game is stacking the tower in the first place. This can take some time and younger players can get restless.

                We purchased our set for around £10, which I think is great value as the sets last so well. My favourite thing about having the new version is the packaging it comes in. The older version is packaged in a cardboard box and to put the game away you have to pretty much build a tower within the box to get all the pieces in. The new version comes in a cylindrical tub that you can just throw the pieces into at the end of the game - much more convenient!

                I would definitely recommend this game for the tension, skill and fun factor. It is versatile and you can adapt the rules to make it easier/harder depending on who you play with - for example younger players can use both hands or if you touch a piece then you must remove it. It is definitely a game that you will only purchase once as it will last a lifetime - the blocks are well made and do not chip or damage.

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                  take a block from the bottom, place it on the top, bottom, top, bottom, top, watch it all fall down

                  The word Jenga sounds like it originated in the deepest parts of the orient with a long lost forgotten tribe of Ninja trained monks having invented the game to combat those long hours of boredom whilst toning their mind, body and soul, becoming as one.
                  But no, the actual game of Jenga was apparently created by Leslie Scott who was co-founder of Oxford games, (this information can be openly found online). Apparently it has quite a nice story behind it but that's irrelevant here so if your interested in the history then a quick google search of 'Jenga' will give you all the facts you want.

                  Anyway, the game of Jenga itself is a pretty simple concept, with the aim of the game being to take a single wooden block from the lower section of the tower and place it on the top of the tower, without the tower falling over.

                  There are 54 wooden blocks, each measuring about 15mm by 25mm by 75mm which are stacked up in rows of three to make a tower of 18 rows of three, measuring around 78mm by 78mm by 270mm high in total. Each row of three blocks should cross over the previous row until the tower is complete.
                  Before you start to worry about having to need a steady hand to actually set up the game, stop, don't panic as there is a lovely little aid which lets you set up the game in a matter of seconds really, once you get he hand of it. It is simply a sturdy bit of card with two sides, no top and no bottom, which you simply place the tower blocks against as you stack them, the two sides stop the blocks from falling out of place and give you something to push them against.


                  There are a few rules which must be obeyed, such as
                  Rule A) You can only take a block from the row second below the top row
                  Rule B) The block you take out must be placed at the top of the tower before the next player takes their turn
                  Rule C) If you move a block, even if moved slightly, then change your mind about moving that particular block you must reposition that block in its original place before moving any other block.
                  Rule D) You can tap, or bump, blocks to test if they are loose enough to pull/push out, but if you move the tapped/bumped block you have to replace that block into its original position, (see Rule C)
                  Rule E) You can only use one hand to complete the entire manoeuvre

                  Simple rules and a simple game to play, but even though it is simple to play it is crammed with frustration and takes a tremendous amount of nerve and a bit of skill to get the blocks out without the tower toppling over.

                  The game is over when at least one block drops from the tower, yes one block, not even the entire tower has to tumble. If one block drops onto the playing table the game is over and the person whose attempt it was at the time of the drop is the loser.


                  * My Opinion...

                  This game is one of those games that needs a good hand eye co-ordination and a very steady hand, but as for brain power, well, you don't have to have had a promise from Cambridge Uni to know how to play this.

                  The actual game pieces, those being the wooden blocks, are built well and very sturdy, being able to take some battering without causing any damage to them at all, although I wouldn't take a hammer or sander to them as this may just make them out of shape and therefore pretty useless.
                  And that's the lot about the playing pieces as apart from the 54 blocks there's no other piece to worry about.

                  The tower itself takes me a few second to erect, using the brilliant builder frame of course. I did try and build it without the frame but it looked like the tower had been built by a dodgy cold calling cowboy who'd come knocking on my door, so I've tried to use the frame ever since.
                  So the good thing is that if a game takes a matter of minutes, due to either an unsteady hand or a few too many tipples, then the game can be set back up in a matter of moments, ready for another game for the steady hand.


                  As for playing the game itself, well, as I said it can be frustrating, especially when you're on the verge of getting that little block out of the tower when suddenly, a slight slip of your hand, a nervous twitch or even an uncontrollable fit of sneezes, and the tower comes tumbling down, causing nothing but laughter from everyone around you, ( I don't know which is worse? The tower falling or my mate Bob laughing as it tumbles over?).
                  It is best played with several people, (and best when not hitting the bottle as this game becomes almost impossible if you've developed slurred speech and a wobbly eye or two), but I sometimes play it on my own just to get a bit of practice in so that I can beat my friends when they challenge me at a game or two.
                  And speaking of playing it when you've had a few, well, as I said, it's not advisable but is completely comical as the cheating kicks in, with my 'spare hand' slyly holding the tower up whilst I knock out a block with the end of a pencil. Or even blowing wind into someone face when they are concentrating so hard so as not to make the tower collapse.

                  In all this is another one of those games that can be played by almost anyone, with-in reason of course, and is a mix of fun, frustration and fumbling. It will make you laugh, maybe even make you cry, but there's no doubt that it will leave you frustrated if your hands not as steady as you thought.

                  As for the price of this tower of wooden blocks, well, there are a few companies that have actually made very similar product, some have even made 'Giant' versions, but the Hasbro version, the one which I have had for a while know, sells for around £10.00, which is cracking value for money indeed.

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                    08.12.2011 23:04
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                    A good basic game

                    Jenga is one of those games that I have loved for years and no matter where I have moved to, I have always had this with me.

                    Jenga is a strategy/ puzzle game that is made out of wooden blocks and is aimed at 2 or more players. The whole Jenga tower consists of 54 wooden blocks, stacked in rows of three, alternating between horizontal and vertical. The aim of the game is to plan out your moves, removing blocks one by one and trying to not let the whole tower topple over. Each time that you remove a block from the tower, it must then be placed back on top which ultimately makes it heavier, higher and a lot more unstable. The aim of this game is not to win but instead it is to make sure you aren't the person who lets the tower topple over.

                    Jenga is aimed at anyone aged 6 and older but I think this is more because anyone younger probably won't really understand what to do and won't be able to forward plan their moves as much. Jenga definitely requires a pretty steady hand, especially when the tower becomes really wobbly and with a lot of holes in the middle. Due to the aim of the game, it is best played on a table or a very stable and flat surface.

                    What is so much fun about this game is that the result is different every time, especially when you don't play with the same people all of the time. Everyone playing this has different ideas about which blocks are the best to move first and others just tend to go for whatever they come to first. A game of Jenga is always a lot of fun and can be extremely funny if you have been drinking. A couple of pubs back home had massive Jenga sets that you could play in the pub.

                    Although this may seem like one of the most basic games out there (and it is) it can get quite complicated once you start playing it. The people playing are really what makes this game so enjoyable. I'm nearly 26 and still find this game fun every single time that I play it. I paid about £10 for my set a few years back now but it was great value then and I would still pay that again, probably a bit more if I had to. It has lasted a long time so far and as the game is all wooden, it is really easy to take care of. Picking up the blocks once the tower falls over can be a little bit of a pain depending on who is playing/ where the blocks go but it never takes long to put back together.

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                      08.12.2011 19:32
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                      great game to play with a group of friends

                      Jenga is a game that involves a certain range of skills including, a steady hand, and the ability to stay calm under pressure, to plan ahead and also react to unexpected moves by other player accordingly.

                      Here is a quick description of the game Jenga for anyone who isn't yet familiar with it:
                      In Jenga, a group of 2 or more players, play against each other, the aim isn't really to win, but more not to lose (a bit harsh really but it's all in good fun). The Jenga tower is stacked with 54 wooden blocks, all the same size, and they are stacked in 3's in a way that goes horizontal, then vertical, then horizontal and so on. Each player takes their turn to remove one block at a time from the tower, and then places their block on the top of the tower, making it more and higher and unstable as the game proceeds.
                      The loser is the person who causes the Jenga Tower to collapse and fall, and so if you are not the loser, you win!

                      The rules for this game are quite simple, it's keeping your hand steady and your strategy smart that is the most important part, I really enjoy playing this game, and have some younger cousins (ages range between 8 and 12) who also really enjoy it, so its appealing to a good range of ages.

                      Jenga is a simple game that can be hard to master, it all depends on how well you are able to concentrate in moments of pressure, there are no gimmicks' or extras in this game, just 54 blocks making one ever growing tower.

                      I really enjoy playing Jenga in a group (sometimes we make it into a drinking game to make it more interesting), it is also (sans alcohol of course) a great game for kids to teach them all the skills that you need in order to play i.e. concentration, a steady hand as said before.

                      The only thing negative thing that I can think of for this game is that, when the tower falls, you have to pick up all the pieces again, which can be a real pain, apart from that I love this game.

                      This game is recommended for ages 6+.
                      You can pick up Hasbro Jenga in most good Toy Stores or online for around £10, I bought mine in my local toy store (which is family run) for £9.99 a few years ago, which I think was quite a good deal, especially as I have got lots of use out of it on different occasions.

                      Overall I think that Jenga is a great game to keep in the house for a little bit of competitive fun, its great for both kids and big kids like myself to play. It is a simple, yet amusing game that keeps your brain thinking and your hands as steady as they can be. I would give this game 4 out of 5 stars.

                      *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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                      05.12.2011 15:16
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                      A fun game that allows ends in a cheer!

                      I have been playing Jenga for a number of years and find it a very entertaining game. It is easy to understand, involves skill, determination and not giving up under pressure! I have had my Jenga set for over 20 years, as the blocks are made of wood; they are long lasting and durable. This is game that will last you a lifetime.

                      ==Price and availability==

                      You can buy the game of Jenga for around £7.99 from toy shops, online stockists and supermarkets.

                      ==Set up and the concept of the game==

                      To set the game up, arrange the wooden blocks into rows of three and then balance the three on top of each other, rotating them as you place them on so the first three lay length ways and the next set lay across them. This brings stability to the tower, the tower should be straight and sturdy; no leaning towers of Pisa or the game will be over too quickly!
                      To play the game, you can have as many players as you like, probably no more than 7 though. You then need to take it in turns to remove a block (using only one hand) and place it on of the tower forming new rows of three as you go up. The tower gets taller with various gaps forming in the middle. You will find the tower swaying as you poke and prod bricks trying to get them loose. The loser of the game is the one who knocks the tower over! JENGAAAAAAA!
                      In my house, the loser also has to set the tower back up for the next game.

                      ==Worth buying?==

                      This is a simple game and can be over so quickly if you are playing with someone rather clumsy like me! It is quite thrilling and exciting and involves a bit of skill. Children love it as well as adults and it is very entertaining watching people concentrating taking blocks out and their relief when they place it on the top without it falling! I am a tongue sticker outer when I play which is amusing but it certainly helps me in having a steady hand! There is a bit of skill in selecting the blocks and I will not spoil your fun by giving away my game plan!

                      The box for the game is small and is the size of the tower so it is easy to store without taking up too much room. Like I stated earlier, the game will last you such a long time. My set it really old and still in great condition! Some of the wooden blocks are slightly chipped or dented from continually falling over and knocking into stuff but this adds character.
                      If you do not own this game then you should definitely consider buying it!

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