The tension and the sensation from the game Jenga is big. Everybody has sweat dripping from his forehead with a shaking hand to grab the last certainly gives such a euphoric feeling.

Who made this awesome under appreciated game?

Jenga is a game of physical and mental agility made by Leslie Scott and marketed by the Milton Bradley Company (MB), a division of Hasbro. In Jenga, the players take turns taking a block from the tower and place it carefully on top, creating a higher and more unstable tower. The word Jenga is the imperative of Kujenga, which means ‘to build’ in Swahili. The game is suitable for people of all ages. There are different variations made to this game, well-known example of his is Strip-Jenga.

How to play Jenga?

Jenga is played with 54 blocks. The blocks are stacked in a shape of a tower, each layer exists out of three blocks laying next to each other. Each layer is perpendicular next to each other. A Jenga tower exists out of 18 layers. Stacking can ben hard, so you get a plastic tray as a tool.

As soon the tower is built, the player who built it, can start. The player takes one block out randomly from any layer below the top three layers and places the block on top of the tower. You can only use a hand. The tower can only be touched by one hand every time. After this your turn is over. If the next player thinks the tower is going to fall he/she can wait 10 seconds to see if it does. The game ends when the tower collapse.

Can I buy some game similar to Jenga?

A variation from this game is ‘Timber’, where in the tower consists of layers of red, yellow and blue blocks. In this case, one color must be thrown with a die and only a block of the thrown color may be taken from any layer. This makes the game more difficult and challenging.

Tips for (winning) Jenga:

  • Take your time, don’t rush yourself. 
  • Forget strategy, Concentrate on individual moves, rather than deploying a strategy. 
  • Don’t get sucked into building a tall tower. The higher it gets, the greater the likelihood it will be unstable.
  • Even if there appears not to be a brick available, there might be, never stop looking for it!
  • Placing bricks on the top of the tower can give you the upper hand. You can easily sabotage the tower by balancing it on one side. But if your opponent succeeds, you could inherit a real wobbler.
  • Usually, the blocks will be loose in the middle or on the outside of the tower. If you notice that this is the case, remove these blocks first. The chance of the tower falling over is the smallest.
  • Do not play Jenga on a glass table! If the blocks fall over, this could damage the blade.

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