Jenga is a Parker Brothers skill and tactics game. To begin, stack the wooden blocks to form a tower. Take turns moving the pieces until the tower collapses. Make an effort to keep your hand stable!
Setting Up the Game
Build the tower. To begin, shake the Jenga bricks onto a flat area. Then, build the blocks in groups of three until you have an 18-block-high tower. Each subsequent layer of three parallel blocks should be rotated 90 degrees along the horizontal axis from the previous layer.
Your Jenga set should have 54 pieces. You can, however, play the game even if you are missing bricks! Simply construct the tower as usual.
Straighten the tower out. Check the framework before you start playing. The block layers should interlock so that the tower can stand on its own without the need for external support. Smooth out the sides using your hands or a flat, sturdy item. Insert any protruding components.
Assemble the players around the tower. Make sure you have a minimum of two players. Make a circle with everyone around the block building. If you’re only playing with one other person, sit on opposite sides of the tower, facing one other.
There is no set maximum number of players. However, it may be more enjoyable with fewer people so that you can take more turns.
Think about writing on the blocks. This is an optional Jenga version. Before you start stacking the blocks, put something on each one: a question, a “challenge,” or another command. Then, as usual, shuffle the blocks and stack the Jenga tower. When someone pulls a brick from the tower, he or she must accomplish whatever is written on the block.
Questions: When someone pulls a question from the tower, he or she is required to answer it. Questions could be flirty (“Who do you want to kiss the most in this room?”), philosophical (“When was the last time you felt small?”), or amusing (“What is your most embarrassing moment?”).
Dares: When a person pulls a dare from the tower, he or she must complete the task on the block. Dares can range from “trade one article of clothes with the person next to you” to “drink a shot of spicy sauce” to “make a terrifying face.”
Playing the Game
Choose someone to pull the first block. This might be the person who built the tower, the person who has their next birthday, or the person who is most eager to begin.
Remove a stumbling impediment. Take one block carefully out of any level of the tower save the top. Look for the loosest or easiest to remove the block or the one that will have the least impact on the tower’s stability. Depending on the angle and position in the stack, you can either push or pull the block.
Keep in mind that you can only touch the tower with one hand at a time. This rule prevents players from holding the tower still while pulling their blocks.
Put each pulled block on top of the tower. The player who pulled the block places it back on top of the tower to resume the layering-by-threes sequence. Stack them properly so that the tower remains stable. As the game progresses, the tower will rise higher and higher until it teeters, becomes unstable, and collapses.
Play until the tower comes crashing down. The individual who causes the tower to fall is the game’s “loser.” Rebuild the tower to continue playing!
Please be patient. Jenga should not be rushed! Take your time and be deliberate in pulling the correct block when your turn comes around. You are more likely to topple the tower if you try to travel too fast.
Take the simple blocks. Gently poke your way around the tower to identify the components that can be removed safely. Look for loose blocks and blocks that are already protruding from the tower. Always proceed with caution and keep an eye on the overall stability of the construction. Maintain the proper equilibrium.
Each tower layer comprises three parallel blocks: two on the outside and one in the centre. You can get a block in the centre if you go for it.
Select blocks from the top or centre of the stack. The blocks near the bottom of the tower can be difficult to remove without endangering the construction. The topmost blocks can be so loose that they pull other blocks apart with them.
Pull or push. If you’re taking a block from the centre, poke it softly through the tower from one side. When taking a block from the outside edge, pinch the ends between your thumb and fingers, then wiggle the piece back and forth until it comes loose. To remove challenging barriers, use a mix of tapping and wriggling.
To maintain equilibrium, place pulled bricks. After you’ve taken your brick from the stack, take note of which way the tower is tilting. Then, carefully place your block on top so that the extra top-heavy weight does not cause the tower to collapse.
Alternately, if you believe you can get away with it, place your block on the weaker “leaning” side, making it that much more difficult for the following player to pull a block.
Play in order to win. If you care about the game’s competitive side, you don’t want the tower to fall on your turn. Plan your moves to undermine the structure such that it falls on someone else. Remove crucial pieces from the bottom of the stack and, in general, choose the best piece you can.
Make an effort to be a good sport. Respect other players and don’t go out of your way to annoy them while they’re taking turns. If you make the game less enjoyable for the other players, they may not want to play with you again!