Jenga Game Review: The Ancient Game Now Available for Children
Extremely good fun
Tried and tested historically
Environmentally friendly product
Promotes dexterity for children
Not for those with shaky hands
How it works
Jenga is fun for children and also played by teenagers and adults. Their is a long history for this game set around the world and it is played by many cultures in many different countries and always regarded as a lot of great fun while playing. In many countries and for many generations it has been a standard feature in so many homes.
The set involves 54 pieces of solid weighted wood blocks in a narrow elongated shape, all equal in size. They are put up into a tower shape and the tower is reasonably stable. You can play it alone, with a friend or even a group of friends and age does not matter, within reason. The games requires a lot of thoughtful strategy because a player can be very selective, he/she needs to gently pull out blocks to start destabilizing the structure, when enough blocks are pulled out a player must be very careful because it becomes very difficult ti slide out a block without the structure falling down. The law of gravity is consistent and working to topple the tower, it’s just a matter of time before it eventually crashes over.
Novice players are quick to fail, when the structure falls they lose the game. Experienced players learn through practice where the weaknesses in the structure will be and where it’s safe to pull out blocks. Playing against an experienced player can be very difficult but personally rewarding if the better player makes a mistake and loses it should be noted that experienced players seem to choose to remove blocks very low down on the stack. The game requires precise hand dexterity, there is no room for clumsy moves, one wrong move and the game is finished. Gravity, weight distribution and an eye for details plus balance are all needed in this game and these are good characteristic skills for children to develop. For children to develop such skills while having lots of really good fun makes this a very good toy for children of all ages above three.
No child will reject this as a gift, it really is a lot of fun.
Being wood, this environmentally friendly gift promises many years of fun and will be a really long term addition to any child’s collection of fun toys.
The blocks are not treated with any chemicals and are not painted which brings this product fully into being environmentally good, wood is safe and very easy to recycle, though the wood is ultimately sourced from tress the benefits outweigh the implications of negative environmental impact if the blocks were made from plastics.
The material choice of using solid dense wood is a good choice and the only way these blocks could sustain some form of damage is if they were left to soak up water or stored in a very damp location. The choice of wood for blocks for this game has a long history and looks likely to continue because wood is the perfect material for this type of game.
When we look at hard wood we see that the level of durability is exceptionally high, hardwood is even used in the construction of homes because it does not wear out easily, it can and does retain durability in terms of a large number of years.
The only impact on the longevity of this product could be if the owner loses a few pieces, feedback from users suggest this can happen but only means playing the game with one less layer of blocks. To make the game not playable it would need to be that a lot of the blocks get misplaced or lost. It is fair to say that durability is at 100% so long as the blocks are not stored long term in a very damp environment in which mold can take a hold and grow on the wood block to damage it.
Ease of Use
This game is seriously good fun, very enjoyable and the more it is practiced the better the player will become, the fun part of this game is that the concept for ease of use is actually the challenge designed into the game strategy.
Because this product is so easy for portability it can be taken anywhere but this does mean that attention and care needs to be given for not losing any of the wooden blocks.
It is a versatile game in that it is player friendly, experienced and new players can take up playing and they will enjoy the fun, it is versatile in that the game can be played alone, in group or even teams. Further versatility is evident when we consider that this game can be played in any location where there is a flat surface. Zero versatility for changing how the game is played.
It is certain that regular playing by children will improve hand steadiness and hand control, children will develop a good eye for weakness of balance in the tower and from where to safely and very carefully pull out a wooden block without collapsing it. This game is fun, it can be played anyplace, all that is needed is a stable flat surface, the game can be set up in less than a minute but the fun element of the game can tempt players to spend hours playing. For ease of use, setting up the game is simplicity but playing it requires a lot of skill, planning and thoughtful strategy.
The durability level for this toy is outstanding and maintenance needs are none existent due to the use of environmentally friendly hard-wood. This game is a winner for children and can bring a family together to share fun because children who play a lot will become very good and then they are sure to want to play against Mom or Dad.
A very good gift at a very balanced price, especially when considering the durability of the product and the level of fun that can be had from this toy for many years.