Jenga

Number of players
1-6
Recommended age
6+
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
5
-15 min
Difficulty
Normal
Cost or investment

Brief description of the game

In Jenga game, players must remove wooden blocks from an 18-story tower and then place them on top of the tower. The difficulty and fun increases as the turns progress and the tower becomes more and more unstable.
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How to play JENGA

Set up before start playing

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PLAYERS

Jenga is a game for 2 to 6 players, from 6 years old.

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REQUIRED OBJECTS

You need a Jenga game. You will find it in any specialized store for an affordable price.

Here you can check price and availability on Amazon.

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BUILDING THE TOWER

Jenga includes 54 wooden blocks for building an 18-story tower. Three blocks per floor are placed alternating their orientation from storey to storey.

A mounting support is included in the kit in case it is needed.

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TURNS

Jenga is played in turns counterclockwise, passing the turn to the player on the right.

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WHO'S FIRST?

The player with the least number of years starts.

Goal of the game

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GOAL OF THE GAME

The goal is to remove blocks from the tower and put them back on top of it without the tower falling down.

JENGA rules: playing a game

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A TURN OF THE GAME

The player whose turn it is performs three actions:

1

REMOVE A BLOCK

Using only one hand, you must remove a block that is below the last complete floor (that still has all of its blocks).

2

PLACE THE BLOCK

Then place that block on top of the tower.

3

WAIT...

Now you have to wait 10 seconds. If the tower is still standing, it is the next player’s turn.

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RULE 1 - SINGLE HAND ONLY

It is not allowed to use any object as an aid to remove a block. Neither both hands at the same time nor any other part of the body, only one hand.

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RULE 2 - THE HIGHEST STORY

It is not allowed to remove blocks from the top story.

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RULE 3 - ALWAYS PERPENDICULAR

The blocks that are placed on top will always be placed perpendicular to the floor below, just as when building the tower.

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RULE 4 - NEW STORIES

A new story cannot be created until the top story has been completed with its three blocks.

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RULE 5 - YOU CAN TEST

It is allowed to touch several parts to assess if they are free or bear too much load. It is not mandatory to take out the first piece that is played.

Game over. Who wins?

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END OF THE GAME

The game ends when a player makes a different block fall than the one he was trying to extract. It is not necessary for the entire tower to fall.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

The player who had the previous turn, the last one who was able to remove a block and put it on top, wins.

Tips for playing JENGA

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PUSH INSTEAD OF PULL

To affect the stability of the tower as little as possible, it is better to push the blocks out than to pull them.

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ROTATE BLOCKS

Once you have managed to get a block to protrude from the tower you can rotate it as if it were a hinge to finish extracting it.

Buying guide and tips

While there are many imitations, we recommend the original Jenga.

Jenga original

Its price usually ranges around 20€.

And if you really want to play big, I mean literally, take a look at the Giant Jenga! Perfect for outdoor gaming:

Jenga gigante

Giant Jenga JS4, with pieces measuring 4.72 inches x 0.39 inches x 1.57 inches and an initial tower height of 17.72 inches, is 4 times larger than the original Jenga. Check current price and offer on Amazon.

Giant Jenga JS6, with pieces measuring 6 inches x 1.2 inches and an initial tower height of 22.05 inches, is 8 times larger than the original Jenga. Check current price and offer on Amazon.

Giant Jenga JS7, with pieces measuring 6 inches x 2 inches x 1.2 inches and an initial tower height of 26 inches, is 15 times larger than the original. Check current price and offer on Amazon.

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LOODENS rating

 
Isn’t it true that every house has a deck of cards? Well, we think there should also be a Jenga. Not much more to say.

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