- Intuitive, responsive control scheme.
- Physics almost perfectly recreate the game; complete with minor stacking flaws.
- Pass and play mode to recreate the party atmosphere of Jenga.
- Arcade mode only available for solo play.
- Limited appeal for those who don't enjoy the analogue version.
If you didn't enjoy Jenga when it was a pile of blocks in front of you, then you may not become a convert thanks to playing it on the iPhone, however the arcade mode and pass-and-play multiplayer add a lot to the mix when you consider you don't have to clean up after you're done.
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I just have to ask this... I mean, how bored was the person who came up with Jenga? Don't get me wrong, I've had some fun times with friends playing the game, but at what point did someone craft 54 wooden blocks, stack them up and say 'Yup, that's a game!'? At any rate, you can dispense with the messy, noisy and tedious creation of the Jenga tower thanks to NaturalMotion's modern 3D update to this party-game favorite.
One of the tricks of Jenga is knowing just which block to go for and carefully manipulating other blocks in the tower in order to keep the whole structure as stable as possible. This is made easy with the game's intuitive controls that highlight blocks based on how tricky they are to get (i.e., how stuck the block is) and players can simply tap or drag to apply force to the blocks to wedge them out of their positions. Camera positioning only requires basic screen dragging, helping you to get a better vantage point for applying your grip and knocking out the pieces.
There are two environments to play in, though these are fairly incidental to the 3D graphics and physics that have gone in to replicating this game in its minutiae. While you can play the game in the solitaire mode to see how high you can go, a pass and play mode is also available for up to four people and an Arcade variant on the basic rules also help to keep things interesting.
Your mileage may vary for Jenga as its replication of the original game places it in the awkward position of relying on how much you enjoyed the analogue version. The solid physics and clever control scheme make it an easy game to pick up and enjoy, but the thrill of building a tower and watching it fall again has a limited appeal; grab some friends and enjoy it together to really make the most of this title.
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The official Jenga® game is here! Designed in consultation with Leslie Scott, the original creator of Jenga®, Jenga for iPhone/iPod touch lets you take the tower building experience anywhere.
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Real-time 3D physics simulation, authentically recreating the behavior of a real wooden Jenga tower. Each block is realistically affected by the surrounding blocks, recreating the same strategic depth as the original game.
Anyone who’s played Jenga knows how delicate your touch needs to be. The iPhone’s super-accurate touch screen gives you the control you’ll need to go for world record heights (incidentally… the record is 40 2/3 layers!). Blocks can be teased out using a mix of gentle tapping and drag controls. It’s easy to begin with, but you’ll soon find it tough when the pressure is on and the tower is wobbling!
View the tower just as you would in real life by moving the device around it. The built-in gyroscopic mechanisms allow for unprecedented control of your viewpoint. Study the structure of the blocks to plan your next move.
Obviously the best part of Jenga is putting off your friends as they are making their move. The four-player Pass’n’Play mode truly reproduces the nail-biting tension of the real thing… but you can play it anywhere!
And what’s more, Jenga for iPhone lets you compare your current tower height against that of friends around the world – while you play! A little friendly competition is the best motivator...
Jenga on iPhone introduces a brand new mode: Jenga Arcade. Match colors for extra points and score multipliers by moving fast – but don’t topple the tower! While you play, you earn coins which you can spend on special boosts like collapse reverse, multipliers, and wildcards. It’s fast and frantic… totally turning Jenga on its head.
Jenga for iPhone is beautiful. With full Retina display support, you won’t see a single pixel. Advanced wood shaders make the tower pop out and let you gauge its stability. And everything is set in beautiful environments, rivalling the quality of modern games consoles.
GAME CENTER INTEGRATION
Like all titles from NaturalMotion Games, Jenga fully supports Apple’s Game Center including leaderboards, achievements and easy friend comparisons.
Designed in consultation with Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga, to create the most authentic Jenga experience ever.
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