Product Type: other board games
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A classic game
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Advantages: easy to play, fun
Disadvantages: picking up blocks
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.
Summary: a classic game
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