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Giant Jenga

  Jenga is a game of physical and mental skill. During the game, players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then balanced on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller but less stable structure. The name jenga is derived from a Swahili word meaning "to build."



Players:
2 to 6

Competitive:
1 vs.1, 1 vs. many.

Complexity:
7/10

Duration:
Medium-Long

Type:
Game of Skill


Fun factor

Jenga is a game of skill. It is fun, engaging, and challenging. The Jenga tower consist of 54 wooden blocks of about 200 x 69 x 44 mm each. The blocks are placed in levels with three blocks per level, placed next to each other along their long side. Each level is placed perpendicular to the previous level. With 18 levels, the initial tower set up is approx 0.8 meters tall. One by one, contestants get a chance to remove a single block from the stack, and place it on the top. The stack becomes increasingly unstable, until the unlucky player removes the block that makes the whole tower fall down. Anticipation and excitement grows after each round. Some good-humoured bantering is allowed, and adds to the anticipation and excitement of the game. Giant Jenga is suitable for teenagers and adults, but be careful that the blocks don't fall on you when the tower starts falling over.


History

Jenga was created by Leslie Scott, the co-founder of Oxford Games Ltd, based on a game that evolved within her family in the early 1970s using children's wood building blocks, the family purchased from a sawmill in Takoradi, Ghana. A British national, Scott was born in East Africa, where she was raised speaking English and Swahili, before moving to live in Ghana, West Africa. Scott launched the game she named and trademarked as "Jenga" at the London Toy Fair in January 1983 and sold it through her own company, Leslie Scott Associates. The blocks of the first sets of Jenga were manufactured for Scott by the Camphill Village Trust in Botton, Yorkshire. The V&A Museum of Childhood has exhibited one of the original sets of Jenga since 1982. In 1984, Robert Grebler, an entrepreneur from California who was the brother of a close friend of Scott, contacted her and expressed interest in importing and distributing Jenga in Canada. In April 1985, Grebler acquired from Scott the exclusive rights to Jenga for the U.S. and Canada, and then in October that year, Scott assigned the worldwide rights in Jenga to Grebler, which he in turn assigned to Pokonobe Associates. Convinced of Jenga's potential, Grebler had invited two cousins to form Pokonobe Associates with him in 1985 to increase distribution of Jenga. Pokonobe then licensed Irwin Toy to sell Jenga in Canada and to be master licensees worldwide. Irwin Toy licensed Jenga to Schaper in the U.S. and when that company was bought by Hasbro, Jenga was launched under the Milton Bradley banner. Eventually, Hasbro became licensee in most countries around the world. Today, according to Leslie Scott, over 50 million Jenga games, equivalent to more than 2.7 billion Jenga blocks, have been sold worldwide.



Game Setup and Rules

Jenga is played with 54 wooden blocks. Each block is three times as long as its width, and one fifth as thick as its length. To set up the game, the included loading tray is used to stack the initial tower which has eighteen levels of three blocks placed adjacent to each other along their long side and perpendicular to the previous level (so, for example, if the blocks in the first level lie lengthwise north-south, the second level blocks will lie east-west).

Once the tower is built, the person who built the tower gets the first move. Moving in Jenga consists of taking one and only one block from any level (except the one below the incomplete top level) of the tower, and placing it on the topmost level to complete it. Only one hand should be used at a time when taking blocks from the tower. Blocks may be bumped to find a loose block that will not disturb the rest of the tower. Any block that is moved out of place must be returned to its original location before removing another block. The turn ends when the next person to move touches the tower or after ten seconds, whichever occurs first. The game ends when the tower falls, or if any piece falls from the tower other than the piece being knocked out to move to the top. The winner is the last person to successfully remove and place a block.



Included in the Kit:

54 x Jenga Pieces
1 x Jenga Platform
2 x Instructional Booklets
1 x Carry Box*

*Box weighs approx. 20 kg.
(50 x 30 x 30cm)