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Puzzle video game by Atari for the DS

Jenga contains all the fun, intensity and challenge of the original boxed game with a wealth of exciting new enhancements, power-ups and twists that are possible only in the videogame world. Simple to learn and fun to play, Jenga is a great entertainment … see full wiki

Release Date: November, 2007
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Dig Out The Original Jenga Instead

  • May 21, 2008
Pros: Multiplayer works using only one DS

Cons: Controls are hard to master, annoying music

The Bottom Line: The graphics are decent DS graphics and colorful, but the gameplay is pretty horrible. Dig out or buy the real Jenga instead.

When I was a kid Jenga was one of my favorite games to play. For those who do not know what Jenga is or have forgotten, it is a game in which you have a tower of blocks. You pull one out and then place it on top of the tower. You try not to let the tower fall. If the tower falls while it is still your turn, then you lose. It can be an exciting game to play with friends and family and in real life is a great manual dexterity game, but it certainly is not an on the go game to play. Thus since I like Jenga and do a lot of road and airplane trips, I decided to try the DS version out when I noticed I could rent it.

The DS Jenga game concept works like in real life, but of course it is not quite the same. In the game you use the touch screen to tap the block you want to remove and then pull it out by dragging it away from the tower, however since the touch screen is such a one dimensional movement it just does not seem like you are realistically playing. Getting the hang of how to properly drag it out of the tower can get confusing and even more frustrating than the real Jenga (which really is often frustrating in the first place).

Since the controls of removing the blocks are so hard to master and do not really make you feel like you are playing Jenga properly, I quickly got tired of this game and mailed it back. The gameplay is horrible, but it does have some things that at least made it worth renting and not an entire bust.

The main thing I did like about this game is that you can play with up to four other people using the same DS. You just pass the DS around as you change turns. Playing with real people makes it a little more enjoyable and creates the main fun aspect of the original Jenga, which is the sense of friendly competition.

The other nice things about the game are the colorful graphics. While the background graphic scenery when you are playing Jenga are not all that detailed, there is at least several levels to add variety. Also, you can choose to be different characters, such as a penguin, which is a kind of fun feature.

Basically the bottom line is that this is not worth playing and you might as well just play a real game of Jenga. It can be slightly fun as a multiplayer with real people if you are traveling, but it is overall not really worth getting. Lastly, if you do play it, turn the sound off, as at least I think the techno like background music is really repetitive and annoying.


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