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Build it, then knock it down again!

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05.07.2010

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I would just like to write a little review on Jenga, which is a great family game to play but is only really suitable for those children who are old enough or mature enough to play it without the simple aim of knocking it down as soon as it has been built! There is no real limit as to how many people can play it, but I think that really you should exercise a little common sense in realising that twenty people is not an ideal number in which to have in order to play this game!

Made up of 54 rectangular blocks of wood that are about one and a half inches long by about half an inch high all around, it is played by placing three bricks next to one another as a base; then another three on top (but at right angles/ the opposite way to the layer that you have already put down), and so on until all of the bricks have been used up.

The object of the game is to remove one block at a time (one person only doing to in order to constitute their 'turn'!), and to replace the piece that they have just taken out on the very top in order to help to creat another new layer. However, the rules state that you cannot take from the top two or three complete rows of pieces. The aim of the game is to remove your object without making the tower fall down, and if you make it fall down then you have lost!

The more pieces that have been removed, then the harder the game is to play as the tower then becomes even more unsteady! But this all adds to the fun of the game, and makes it all a lot more of a laugh to play.

This is a game that owing to the way it has been made, it is difficult for it to actually break! Therefore, in terms of value for money it is extremely cheap as unless you somehow end up losing all of the pieces then it will last for quite some time! Although it is quite a simple set up, it is something that can provide quite a lot for people such as encouraging skill and confidence; maintaining hand/eye co-ordination, and just by simply allowing people to have a laugh at something a bit stupid - that is themselves when they have knocked the tower down, and had a laugh!

Being sold in any good toy shop (or in this instance any decent shop full stop that would sell most things!), it can be sold for varying prices so of course you may need to take a look in a number of different places in order to get the best deals on it. I have also seen a large version of this, that stands at the height of the shoulders (nearly) of somebody who is about five foot four.

I would love to just thoroughly recommend this game to anybody who has not yet had the pleasure of playing the game, or even if you have then just to buy one so that you got one in the house for those long evenings when there is nothing doing on the television!

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niall_the_don 03.08.2010 18:39

Very well written. You pretty much hit-the-nail-on-the-head in that review. Of course the only thing better than Jenga is GIANT JENGA!

rojm 11.07.2010 00:15

my youngest makes her own game up with the bricks

kirstysian 08.07.2010 00:39

Jenga....1 of the best games ever :) well reviewed x

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