Product Type: other board games
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In Need Of A Steady Hand
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Advantages: Simple, Cheap
Disadvantages: When I Lose
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.
Summary: A Great Game That's Simple Yet Brilliant
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