In What I learned from Jenga, Katey writes about a recent party she threw, where they played Jenga, and how various strategies were employed by the players, and how those strategies might be linked to different personality traits — patience, deliberateness, rashness, risk-taking:
“I’m drawn to the repetition of building, repair and eventual annihilation; a cyclic adventure that seems to parallel with the rhythms of my own life, strangely enough. I live to create, layering things atop one another and watching as my achievements gain altitude. At the same time, [pullquote]Jump to our store for Sidan – the Fair Trade Jenga.[/pullquote]there is no real plan in my attack; I prefer to feel my way and leave the details to chance.”
There comes a point however when the pillars of my conceptual tower begin to wobble, and I feel that familiar sensation of wanting to scatter the pieces like a petulant toddler and start again from scratch.
That’s a great insight.
How about you? Do you find parallels between your own personality and the tactics you use in board games?
Looking at those photos, you can see what a wonderful game Jenga really is. It gets people involved, interacting, and laughing together. Think I’ll pull out that game for my next family get-together!
Acknowledgement: BG Central
Jenga Joins the Android Market
Leslie Scott’s infamous tower-building game Jenga has made its way to Android courtesy of Natural Motion Games (creators of Back breaker Football). This anxiety packed puzzler pits users against the evil Dr. Gravity as they attempt to remove lower positioned blocks and reposition them atop an increasingly taller, more unstable structure.
Natural Motion Games have done their best to recreate a life-like 3-D wooden structure representing its real world brother. While the game lacks the obvious tactile form, it comes fully equipped with advanced real-time physics and a sensitive control scheme for an as-close-as-you-can-get smorgasbord of anxiety.
While playing Jenga by yourself is an enjoyable and challenging way to pass time, playing with others is much more fun! Jenga for Android provides a 4-player Pass’n’Play Mode for those impromptu game nights at your friends house (the friend who never seems to have any games). For the overly zealous competitor type, you can compare (show off) your tower heights with others from around the world.
If you begin to find the original-style Jenga to become a tad monotonous and boring, fear not, Natural Motion Games has you covered. Introducing Jenga “Arcade Mode’”, the one-stop, color-matching, score-multiplying, coin-earning, Jenga on steroids that all of us ADD sufferers crave.
by Elizabeth– May 28, 2011
“Takes some getting used to but great game! As close to realistic as an an app could get. Would be nice to have an exit button (just use home button, people). Droid X with 2.2 OS.”
So if you’re a Jenga fan or just looking for a new Android game to challenge you, head on over to the Android Market and download Jenga for $2.99 (or wait for it to be the free-app-of-the-day on Amazon – “oh no he didn’t”).
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