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Jenga is a game of physical & mental skill built on the simple premise of stacking blocks.

It was created by game designer & author Leslie Scott who developed the game that her family created in Ghana during the 1970s. It was publicly introduced in London at the Harrods' department store in 1982 and launched in North America in 1986.

How to Play[]

"Jenga" is played with 54 wooden blocks; each block is three times longer than its width, and one fifth as thick as its length 1.5 cm × 2.5 cm × 7.5 cm (0.59 in × 0.98 in × 2.95 in). The blocks have small, random variations from these dimensions as to create imperfections in the stacking process and providing additional challenge to the game.

In order 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 one another along their long side and at right angles 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 of the game is the last person to successfully remove and place a block.

Other Versions[]

See Jenga/Other versions for in-depth information about other versions in Jenga.