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Manufacturer: Atari / Genre: Puzzle / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Online: Online Gaming Support / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Release Date: November, 2007

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      14.05.2009 00:52
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      Quite dreadful, few redeeming features

      Jenga is a game for the Nintendo DS based on the game made from wooden blocks where you have to take one block out and the loser is the one who collapses the tower.

      In this game, just as with the original real game, you do need careful touch to remove the wooden blocks from the stack. The controls are relatively easy to use, just use the stylus to pick which piece you want to remove. This process isn't perfect and is a bit obtuse sometimes, but works reasonable well. I found the graphics a bit small though, which did limit my enjoyment of the game.

      There are some additions to the real version of the game, such as the features which allow you to freeze or cement a block, but these additions provide very limited interest. In terms of the sound track, this has been done well and does add some atmosphere to the game.

      There is a challenge mode which you can work through by playing on your own. However, this is unchallenging and really only of any fun at all for about half an hour. Little thought, like so much of the game, appears to have been put into this.

      There is an option to work through the game to get additional characters, but this doesn't add any new features to the game to make it more interesting. At the very least I would have thought that playing through the game would unlock some additional methods of game play or maybe some sub games or the like, but again, this game fails to deliver even that.

      Any hope this game might have had would have been with the multi player option. However, inexplicably the game creators have decided that if you want to play with friends, everyone has to have a copy of the cartridge. This is in my view ridiculous, and unnecessary as there are many DS games which don't require this. Quite why the production team thought this was a good idea is unclear, but for me, it killed off any interest in the game as it's simply not a good game to justify buying multiple copies.

      The game's recommended price is 24.99 pounds, but the product can be purchased at the time of writing for twelve pounds on the Amazon web-site. It can also be obtained for just a few pounds second-hand on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated 3+, so is suitable for all but the youngest of children.

      In summary, the game is in my opinion weak. It's a lot more expensive than the actual game, and I personally would rather play the actual game. This isn't a game which transfers well to a console and based on just that premise, the entire game is a let down. Normally I'd say that a game which costs just a few pounds might be worth getting even for limited game play, but this has so little I'd advise against even that.

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      05.05.2009 22:04
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      great fun for a short time!

      The classic game of Jenga building blocks come to the DS. I heard about this game and was sceptical about how this would work on the DS platform but i was not disappointed. It is brought into the game with more innovative gameplay and special features... It is nice graphically with nice colourful jenga blocks and is not too difficult to control.

      The game is easy. YOu take turns pulling blocks out of a block tower trying to avoid it from collapsing, the person causing it to collapse loses!!

      The graphics are great, with colourful levels and sci-fi powerups to make the game more special, exciting and fun. However I would say that it takes abit long to wait for CPU player and abit of lag multiplayer. However, you get quite alot of thrill and buzz from playing it and its a rare success when transferring a real physical game into the virtual environment.

      It is good for all ages and is quite long lasting however after you finish all the levels, only the multiplayer option is really one to keep playing with. However, it is successful nonetheless and i would recommend getting it around £10 because its not worth retail price.

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