Jenga World Tour

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Good for traveling, but real-life game is better.

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Positive Messages

Playing games by yourself or with others can be fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You are your role model in this game. 

Ease of Play

You play using the stylus to remove blocks, but this process isn't as simple as in real life. In the multiplayer modes, up to 4 players can play using one DS device or you can play with multiple devices over local Wi-Fi.

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A digital version of the Jenga block game. Every block has JENGA written on it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the video game version of the Jenga block-stacking game. If families already own a set of Jenga blocks, there's little incentive to buy the video game version as well -- unless they're planning to take a lot of road trips where it's not feasible to bring the Jenga blocks along.

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Kid, 10 years old July 27, 2010

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Ok first csm this is for the wii also and why off for 2 and 4 there's nothing wrong with it!

What's it about?

JENGA WORLD TOUR takes the popular block-stacking pastime of Jenga and makes it digital, adding special locations, characters, effects, and gameplay modes. The game starts with all Jenga rectangular blocks stacked in a tower. Players take turns building the tower higher by carefully removing blocks from the structure and placing them on top; the first to topple the tower loses. In Jenga World Tour, players use the Nintendo DS stylus to move blocks.

In the main mode, World Tour, you are a Jenga champion who travels to different places and time periods -- such as medieval England, prehistoric Africa, or an underwater reef -- to challenge other Jenga masters. Each location has unique challenges, such as flying saucers on the moon that try to zap the tower, or pterodactyls that try to steal blocks. In Arcade mode, players try to build the tower as high as they can. In Quick Play, up to four players take turns with one Nintendo DS; multiplayer mode allows players to compete on separate DS' using the device's Wi-Fi connection.

Is it any good?

The video game version of Jenga isn't as visceral of an experience as the original game, and you don't get the same level of responsiveness from the blocks as you do in real life. As a result, it's much harder to tell when the tower is about to tip. The graphics are also middle-of-the-road, which makes it harder to see how the blocks interlock and where the openings are.

Jenga World Tour is no substitute for sitting around a table and playing the real thing, but it's a decent substitute for taking on car or bus rides.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they prefer playing with real Jenga blocks or the video game version. Do special effects like ice and granite blocks, pterodactyls, and UFOs add to the experience? How do you like using the DS stylus to move blocks instead of picking up the real blocks? Is it more fun to play alone or with others?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: November 13, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E

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