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Backyard Giant Jenga Buyers Guide

One of the best ways to overcome boredom is playing games. And as they say, ‘bigger is better”, Giant Jenga is a perfect representation of this mantra in terms of games. It is an exciting and absorbing game that holds on to the attention of the players so much that you never want to stop playing. The game is simple; the players stack up blocks up to a certain level to create a tower-like structure. After this, they take turns pulling blocks from the complete structure without it toppling. That sounds like a lot of fun.

GiantJengaBackyard_700x420pxVoted as one of our top Summer Backyard Family Games, Giant Jenga can not only be played in the yard, but it is also a favorite to play at the pub or even on a rickety table in a garage (but you should probably avoid playing in a moving vehicle)!

Another fun factor is that the game comes in a relatively large pack. Manufacturers usually deliver the accessories of the game in sturdy boxes or cases to ensure that players have no problems carrying them from place to place. The beauty of this is now you can take your giant Jenga anywhere, even on your trips with you! 

One of the best parts of playing Jenga in any form,is that unlike most recreational games involving more than two people,  with Jenga there is only one loser and the rest of the players are “Winners.” By having several winners, the game offers up more excitement as all players try to avoid the pain of defeat!

This game satisfies all prerequisites for fun, strategy, and replayability. The gameplay is simple. Players take turns in taking out blocks from the tower and placing them back on top of the pile. Whoever makes the tower topple first is the loser. The key is to keep the hand steady while removing the block, quick pulls have more risks, but they give the best results.

As giant Jenga is becoming more popular by the day in the backyard and local microbrewery scene, it becomes obvious why we are such huge fans of the game.

While the sheer size and weight of the game may prove to be a task to handle, those willing to put in the effort to carry and set up the game will be rewarded, as they will get to enjoy all the fun and excitement that accompanies the game.

Our Top Picks

Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers

1_YardGamesGiantTumblingTimbers_800x800The entire family or group can have a great time together playing the yard Games Giant. This game pack is particularly designed for indoor/outdoor activities and can be used at events such as camping, parties, BBQ, and so on.

It comes with 54 original blocks with (two spare pieces). Enough for creating that classic 2.5-meter feet high tower structure. The bigger it is, often the more fun it is, this makes the game more exciting.

Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers comes with a high-quality, durable nylon case for keeping all the pieces in one place. You don’t have to worry about preventing the pieces from getting lost or carrying the pack.

Pros

  • Packs come with 56 dried, hand sanded and study bricks with a smooth surface
  • Hard pine bricks that won’t dent easily
  • The pieces are just the right size
  • Comes with extra blocks for building stronger base layers
  • High quality and stylish nylon case for keeping the pieces in one place
  • It’s relatively easy and allows for quick setup

Cons

  • Some blocks have sharp edges which can cause cuts 
  • The zipper on the nylon case can be broken easily
  • On some occasions, players get a wet box with bricks not dry enough.

The yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers is the current top pick among the giant Jenga sets, and for a good reason. It has a lot of positive reviews, and I also recommend it. It’s the best.

 

Jenga Giant JS7 Hardwood Game

2_JengaGiantJS7HardwoodGame_800x800pxIt’s becoming increasingly difficult to select high-quality and genuine Jenga game. This is due to the increase in the number of available knock-off Jenga games.  But we were able to do it with the Jenga Giant JS7 Hardwood Game, which occupies the second position on our list.

Jenga Giant JS7 is the largest available hardwood stacking game that is also a licensed Jenga product. The hardwood playing blocks are carefully crafted to precision and polished. Though the bricks are smaller than the other games on this list, they are still almost 15 times the volume of a traditional Jenga block!

The game usually starts at 2 feet high and can range even above 5 feet during gameplay!

FUN HACK:  Write on the blocks and make the game even funnier by writing things on the blocks.

The games come with a heavy-duty travel bag for easy packing and a sports tournament chart. So you can battle to be the Jenga champion of your garage!

It should be noted that this set is a bit more expensive than the other options on this list. The price tag shows that you’re getting an officially licensed and branded Jenga game.

Pros

  • The best option for building 5-feet and above skyscrapers.
  • Comes with a heavy-duty storage and carrying unit
  • The pieces are precision cut, handcrafted, sanded, squared and well-polished hardwood products.
  • Classic Jenga brand and quality
  • Comes with tournament charts to make the play more competitive
  • An excellent option for large group games.

Cons

  • There are many counterfeits of this particular set. Players may get scammed.
  • Blocks are pretty heavy, so it may not be quite suitable for little kids.
  • The blocks are not water-resistant; they must be kept in very dry places.

The Jenga Giant JS7  is an excellent option for outdoor games with friends, family or even work buddies. The quality of the bars and the height of more than 5 feet also make for more fun.

 

GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower

3_GoSportsGiantWoodenTopplingTower_800x800pxThis impressive Jenga game consists of eighteen rows, and it can reach the 5 feet mark and even higher. This is an excellent option for veteran players who feel that a five-foot tower just isn’t enough!

GoSports has been known to make high-quality outdoor games. Their Jenga game pack is just another proof for that. 

One of the features that this pack boasts is the quality of its blocks. According to GoSports, the bars were made from top-notch pine and were carefully polished. Players don’t have to worry about possible injuries caused by bar splintering during the game.

As a bonus, this pack is accompanied by a special board on which players can write new rules just to make the game process more complicated and exciting.

Pros

  • Excellent quality blocks
  • Allows for alternative gameplay ideas
  • Varieties of color make the game more colorful
  • Comes in very convenient and durable carrying units for easy transportation
  • The best option for players aiming at excellence and seeking to add more creativity to the game.
  • A board accompanies it for keeping scores and numbered blocks for adding new rules.

Cons

  • Heavy blocks
  • Friction between the pieces makes it harder to remove blocks
  • The weight and dimensions of the blocks are not consistent.

This GoSports version is highly recommended for people who seek to get high-quality products and set new records.  

We recommend supervision for younger players and players should try to protect their feet while playing to avoid injury from falling blocks, but this set is ideal for outdoor parties where you are looking to make a statement!

 

Splinter Woodworking Co. Giant Tower Game

4_SplinterWoodworkingCoGiantTowerGame_800x800pxThis representation of the good old Jenga is a unique pack. It does not have a bag for carrying the pieces but rather a storage crate which can also be used as a table for gaming. Great idea! This will save you from the ever-recurring problem of looking for a flat surface when playing Jenga outdoors. Also, the issue of bags tearing, zippers breaking, etc. are not associated with this pack. 

Another remarkable feature that makes this option different from all the others on this list is the weight of the blocks. Giant Jenga games are usually heavy, but this one is an exception. It weighs only about 25lbs, and it has a height of about 5 feet. 

With the topnotch quality of the bricks, all the features stated above make this option worthy of this list.

Pros

  • Generally, light blocks compared to other Jenga games
  • 60 pieces
  • Comes in crates for proper and better storage
  • Quick setup
  • The manufacturers give a lifetime warranty for the pack.
  • The pine blocks are smooth; this allows for an excellent slip.

Cons

  • Thin bricks
  • A bit more expensive than similar packs.

Basically, anyone can play this game, and there is no need for any supervision, so this game can be recommended for anybody and everybody. 

The manufacturers of the game also provide a lifetime warranty for the game. 

With the durable crates for storage and the lightweight of the blocks, this option is an excellent purchase for all events.

 

Tailgating Pros Giant Wooden Tumbling Timbers

5_TailgatingProsGiantWoodenTumblingTimbers_800x800pxThis game is ideal for a large team of players. With this pack, players can make a 60-block tower with more than 20 rows ranging up to 5 feet and above. This Jenga pack is appropriate for outdoor events such as picnics, BBQ, birthdays, weddings, etc.

The game is not allowed for children under the age of 6, but the whole family can take part in the fun and build the highest tower. 

Pros

  • The kit is suitable for a large group of players
  • Smooth wooden components for better play
  • The kit comes at a reasonable price (excellent bargain)
  • Completely blank pieces
  • Comes with heavy-duty storage and carrying case
  • Kit doesn’t wear out quickly
  • All oversized details are made of pine

Cons

  • The pack weighs about 25 pounds
  • The bricks are not of good quality.

Blocks for this kit have tendencies to crack when dropped on hard surfaces. This can be avoided by making the tower on the lawn, although regular glue can be used to repair cracks in the blocks.

 

History of Jenga

Jenga was first played in Ghana in the 1970s by game designer Leslie Scott. She developed it and played it with her family at the time. Jenga officially arrived in North America in 1986 and since then, has gained widespread popularity in the world.

Jenga consists of 54 blocks traditionally made of hardwood. The name “Jenga” is derived from Swahili, and it means “to build.” The modern wooden blocks are made from the alder trees. They grow primarily in the northwestern regions of the United States. Some contemporary editions of the game make use of plastic or cardboard for the blocks.

Robert Grebler holds the world record for the tallest Jenga tower of 40 tiers with two blocks on the top level. The record was set in the year 1985.

5 reasons for playing Jenga

  • It’s very simple and easy to play, even kids can figure it out
  • The game allows for creativity since it can be adapted in many ways
  • The gameplay can become intense and unpredictable
  • It helps to deliver good communication skills and healthy bonding
  • It comes with a lot of fun and excitement.

Many therapists adapt the game and use it as a tool for building speech, language, and social communication skills. This fact shows that the game is significant. That’s why Jenga is fast becoming a regular guest at schools, playrooms, and many caregiving centers. Since there’s so much fun in the game, it usually doesn’t have any rival. That’s why there are so many varieties.

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How to play Jenga

Start by building your Jenga tower on a flat surface. This is done by placing blocks in layers of three blocks each; the blocks are placed in alternate directions.

The players take turns to pull out blocks from the tower. Players use one hand to pull blocks from any layer above an incomplete layer. Regardless of what the other players may say, you are allowed to test blocks for looseness. After successfully removing a block from the tower, you have to place the block on the top of the tower. Then wait for ten seconds, after this time, the next player can take his turn. Whoever makes the tower fall loses.

Best Ideas for playing and Customizing Jenga

The Jenga is just a smooth, rectangular tower made from wooden blocks. Each level of the tower is arranged at right angles to the one before it. But the beauty of the game is in its simplicity and elegance. The players are required to carefully take out a wooden block from a level and then place it on top of the tower. Everybody takes turns to play, and the taller the tower gets, the tippier it until it finally falls over. Then you reassemble the blocks and start all over again. The tower falling is not the end of the game but just the signal to start all over again. It’s the game after the game.

But then instead of settling for simplicity and elegance, below are five ways by which you can better enjoy the game perfectly amped up.

Play Giant Jenga 

You don’t have to limit the fun to the coffee table in your living room, you can enjoy it in the yard, in the garage or wherever. You can play Jenga with friends in the yard, you can enjoy it with some adult beverages also. Jenga comes in different large sizes with some packs stacking over 5 feet high. There’s also a cardboard version that can go over 8 feet high, ideal for outdoors.

CracktheWhipJenga_1200x675pxCrack the Whip

Channel your inner Indiana Jones or if you will, Indiana Jenga. Here, You crack a whip in the direction of the tower block. Aim to remove the blocks with your whip without toppling the tower. Two whip artists have mastered this art. It is done by aiming the lashes at the tower blocks and removing the blocks one at a time. The whip artists are Adam Winrich who set the world Guinness record for removing the most Jenga blocks in a minute with a whip. He was able to remove seven. April Choi who even plays Jenga with a whip that’s on fire. Try beating those feats.

RobotJenga_1080x1080pxPlay with Robots

Think you have what it takes to beat Robots? Researchers at MIT have tried this. And according to a report published in a Journal ‘science Robotics’, it’s not easy to teach a robot to learn using visual and tactile input. The researchers, led by Nima Fazeli, made and tested their robots against two other Jenga- playing robots. Team Fazeli’s robot was the fastest at moving blocks and placing them on top of the tower on different attempts.

Make Jenga Uncomfortable (or educational)

Who doesn’t want to write on those smooth wooden blocks? Ask any kid with access to markers and a Jenga set. But you can be deliberate with the things you write on the blocks. You can make it into a game of truth or dare (or probably topple). Here, whatever is written on the other side of the removed blocked will be done by the player that removed it. 

Play Jenga Backward.

This method is for true Jenga lovers. You build the tower without the center blocks, so there are only two blocks per tier. Then you insert the center blocks into the tower using only one hand. If you can manage this without toppling the tower, then play it again the regular way and take out blocks from your probably tipper tower. 

Jenga games Prices

Inexpensive: This includes the traditional Jenga games that typically cost between $7 to $15. They may come in rectangular or cylindrical containers. These containers are used for showing the shape of the tower.

Mid-range: These sets range between $15 to $30, usually the packs that come with a twist. They may contain some oddly shaped pieces, new rules or different themes.

Expensive: Usually the giant Jenga games with wooden blocks. Costs between $30 to $ 100+. These packs usually cost more because of their bigger pieces. The bigger the pieces are, the higher the prices. These sets may also come with a carrying unit.

FAQ

Q1. Are all Jenga games accompanied by a stacking sleeve?

A. They are not, especially the giant Jenga sets. Sleeves are usually made of cardboard or plastic, but plastics are more durable and easier to use.

Q2. How high can Jenga towers get as players place blocks on top

A. Jenga towers can double in height during the game, but this is also subject to the skill of the players.

Q3. What’s the required age for children to be able to play Jenga

A. The recommended age for playing Classic Jenga games is 6 and above, while 12 and above for giant Jenga

Q4. How many people can play Jenga

A. Jenga can be played by any number of players from two upwards.

 

Final Thoughts:

Although there are plenty of Giant Jenga games out there, it’s not always easy to know which one to pick from the options that are available. Hopefully, this guide will help you in your selection process and give you the best gaming experience possible. 

.If you’re looking for a set that balances quality and price, we recommend going for the Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers.  With its extra blocks and nylon carrying case it is a sure bet.

If you are looking for a set for a large group of players, we recommend going for the Tailgating Pros Giant Wooden Tumbling Timbers. Sixty blocks and the ability to stack over 5 feet tall, makes this an exciting choice!

Need other ideas for fun backyard activities? Take a look at our 50 Fun Backyard Games the Family Will Love This Summer post.
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