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I love Jenga, its a great game to play with family and when a game came out for the Wii, I thought it would be a very good interactive game for everyone. However, I was wrong, the game isn't very good.
The object of the game is to remove a block from the Jenga tower without it falling over. If you make it fall over, you lose.
The game is very colourful with different colour blocks but the graphics are poor and are some of the worst on the Wii.
The controls are very hard, trying to pull out a block with the remote and then select the right one is very hard. Then to navigate it out, is also very hard. Pretty much everytime, you will topple the tower when doing this making the game stop very quickly. The game isn't as fun as the real game and the game has a single player mode. The AI will take one out perfectly everytime but you will struggle to even take out one.
The multiplayer mode is better but also hard due to the bad controls. The game has a lot of framerate issues and it sometimes crashes at times.
Overall, this game should just be avoided.
Jenga for Wii, Great combination right? No, wrong! Jenga is one of my favourite games that i used to play as a kid, and with me being a great fan of the Wii i thought this game would be brilliant. Well perhaps not!
Basically he point of Jenga is to remove a Wooden Block from a tower of guess what! yes wooden blocks withouth the tower falling over. Got the idea? Well if you make the block fall over, you lose.
Well the Wii Game does what the Board Classic Game of Jenga does but actually manages to destroy it. Nintendo put different colour blocks in and thought that would make the game brilliant. Well, it doesn't!
As usual, you play this game using the Wii remote and you pull out the block using the Wii remote. Well this is quite complex considering how touch and pull sensitive the wii remote is. I didn't think i moved it and something would fall over. This game can be played in single player mode. Would you ever play Jenga by yourself? or in multiplayer mode. Both are trully awful, in the end i just reverted back to the classic board game itself!
Don't by this game, just get the classic board game instead. It so much better than this poor remake!
Being a massive fan of Jenga and of the Wii I thought that mixing the 2 would make a good combination. However, I'm of mixed opinion on the game as it is fun but it's not really much more fun than just playing it as a board game with the real thing. I'm sure everyone has played or knows what Jenga is but for those that don't in a nutshell it's a tower usually made of wooden blocks that you have to remove and place on the top without it falling down. The person who knocks it down is the loser. On the Wii you have various different backgrounds and coloured blocks that you can pick from which doesn't really make it anymore interesting. You use the Wii remote as a pointer to pull the blocks out and place them at the top of the tower. The 'world tour' mode is a single player game, which you play against the computer working your way round defeating various opponents. This mode is really difficult and as yet I haven't managed to even beat the first player! The multiplayer mode is ok, you play against your friends/family with up to 4 people and battle it out until one person knocks it down. It does get quite competitive but shortly after buying the game I actually went to Toys'r'us and bought the proper Jenga and found it much more fun.
I think overall I probably wouldn't recommend this game and would just advise to go and buy the board game as it is better. The only problem with playing the board game is you have to rebuild the tower when it falls whereas when playing on the Wii the computer does it for you.
I dont get this game myself, as its similar to my chess review I just think why dont you play the real thing, but maybe thats me. I think its alright again not much to say about this game. There are different levels with slightly different background colours to make it different but it still feels samey. The thing that doesnt work for me is you never quite know whether the move your doing is risky or not. Now there is some help as there a little light which flash red if its risky or green if its okay, but the feel of it just doesnt seem right. The remote you use is the siple wii remote and point at the screen to move the block you want. The suspense is not there on this game and that is what jenga is all about. i would not really recommend this game to be honest as after about 10 mins you are bored. The only time I have played it was at christams with the family as its the sort of thing you do then, but still pretty un impressive in my opinion.
We have all played the addictive game of Jenga. Whether it was 5,10, or even 20 years ago it has surely left an imprinted meggage in our minds. But now it has re-introduced into the digital world of Wii....but how does it sum up???
I personally am not the greatest fan of the Wii. Although I do find it interesting and imaginative, I still feel that it is slowly taking away our need to have fun with 'material things'. So back to the game. Unlike the origional jenga blocks, this game is a battle of controlling the tower and stopping it falling by using the Wii controler and Nunchuk. Players must compete in turn to move a piece and push the block on the top without allowing the tower to fall. New dimensions have been added to the game such as new mini-games of tumble tower, but these are all very boring and repetetive after some time of playing. In my opinion, it's a better option to just stick with the origional block game and have more fun with your fiends and family. After all, isn't the game about the excitement of the tower falling? Not the visual display of the tower falling on a screen!!!
You will probably know what Jenga is, but if you don't, it is simply a game of removing wooden blocks from a tower of wooden blocks without allowing your tower to fall down. Each player takes a turn to remove a single block, and replace it on the top of the tower, but whoever makes the tower topple, is out of the game. It is much more exciting than it sounds when playing it with physical components, but how does it translate to the virtual world?
Well, not much to say here. How impressive can wooden blocks be? There are stages with different themes, each showing a rather simplistic background which adds to the theme of the level. And that is it.
This area is what will make or break this game, it being what makes it so appealing to people in real life. Can the tension and precision needed to play Jenga be translated to the video game world successfully? In a word, no. The blocks do seem to react as they would do in real life, but making your move is harder than it should be. There is no sense of physical feedback to you, the player, so you can't tell how dangerous your move will be and if it will topple your tower. There is a system to notify you if it is a wise choice to remove your chosen block, showing either red, yellow or green, but it just isn't good enough. As there is no feedback when taking your turn physically, sometimes your turn will feel like a leap of faith. Gameplay issues aside, this is Jenga, something you may open once in a while to play or play once at Christmas and pack away forever. It won't keep you entertained for hours on end and it really depends how frustrated you get with it or how much you enjoy Jenga There is a small degree of variation in that you can change the properties of the blocks, making ice blocks for example, which will slide out easier than normal blocks, making the other blocks more likely to shift position. As for the main game, that is it. However, as in many games these days, the developer atomic planet has decided to throw in some mini games as well; how kind of them. An example of one of these is a suspiciously similar shooter to space invaders, except with wooden blocks instead of aliens. These mini games aren't very enjoyable or long lasting at all, and a bit random if I'm honest, a seemingly desperate attempt to make Jenga last longer and worth buying.
As you would expect from the Wii remote, pushing and pulling towards the screen will have the same effect on your chosen block. You use A to switch to grab mode, and you can tap blocks with B. As for the Nunchuk, the camera is rotated with the analogue stick. Pressing C and flicking the stick "pins" the blocks right above and below your chosen target.
Jenga does not have a Wi-Fi mode, and just as well really. It would be a complete waste of time because whether it's a computer controlled character or a human, the outcome of the turn will be exactly the same. The tower will stand, or fall.
Not worth £20 at all. I would advise you to buy the real thing, as its much more accurate to play with your hands, and much more exciting and satisfying. It is cheaper on the DS than on the Wii, but again, the real thing is recommended over its virtual counterpart.
This is a game which really isn't suited to being a video game at all. It's rendered as a pointless game as the real thing does it much better, and much cheaper. It's a tough game to make, because even if the controls and gameplay are perfect, nothing makes it stand out over the real thing, which most people will probably own already anyway.
Overall Rating 4/10