Product Type: other board games
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Who will topple the tower?
Member Name: linzeelou
Advantages: Cheap, fun
Disadvantages: Games don't always last that long
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.
Summary: A good basic game
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