Jenga is a popular family game and is suitable for all ages to join in. It has grown in popularity as a party game especially for house parties and bbqs. It is a game of strategy and skill as you need to make correct decisions and accurate movements to win the game. The game has grown to become famous and popular all over the world and is often seen on TV shows and films. Read on to learn about the origins and rules of the game.
Leslie Scott was a game designer that was born in Tanzania and was raised in East and West Africa while she was educated in Uganda, Kenya, Sierre Leone and England. Scott became a board game designer and an author as she went on to design the game of Jenga after being inspired by a wood block stacking game her family had created in Ghana in the 1970s.
Scott introduced Jenga to the public at the famous Harrod’s department store in London in 1982 and the game was launched in North America in 1986. The game then grew in popularity all over the world and soon after its’ launch, people began to attempt to create world records with the wooden block stacking game. The record for the highest known Jenga tower is 40 complete stories with two blocks into the 41st, claimed in 1985 by American Robert Grebler. The record is yet to be broken.
The game is now available in a range of different forms such as the regular Jenga Tower, Jenga Boom, Jenga Tetris, Giant Jenga (3ft High), Jenga XXL (Between 4 to 8ft High).
How To Play:
- A classic Jenga game consists of 54 precision-crafted, specially finished hard wood blocks. To set up the game, use the included loading tray to create the initial tower. Stack all of the blocks in levels of three placed next to each other along their long sides and at a right angle to the previous level.
- Once the tower is built, the person who stacked the tower plays first.
- Moving in the game Jenga consists of taking one block on a turn from any level of the tower (except the one below an incomplete top level), and placing it on the topmost level in order to complete it.
- Players may tap a block to find a loose one. Any blocks moved but not played should be replaced, unless doing so would make the tower fall. The turn ends when the next player touches the tower, or after ten seconds, whichever occurs first.
- The game ends when the tower falls — completely or if any block falls from the tower (other than the block a player moves on a turn).
- The loser is the person who made the tower fall (i.e., whose turn it was when the tower fell).
You can buy your own Wooden Jenga Tower (18cm x 6cm x 4cm) from gardengames.ie for €99.95