I’m sure most of you have played or at least heard of a little game called Jenga. Well thanks to Natural Motion Games, you can now play this classic game on your favorite Android device. They even consulted with the original creator of Jenga Leslie Scott, and it shows as the game is pretty awesome. It plays just like the real game, and can definitely be just as frustrating. I had a blast playing it, and it’s one game that I’ll definitely keep playing for awhile.
The controls are simple, and pretty easy to use. You simply touch the block you want to remove, and the end of it will turn a certain color. White is easy, Red is impossible, and Pink is pretty difficult. They physics are excellent, there were a few white’s that I tapped twice, and they pretty much fell out. The pinks are a bit tougher, and I had one of those take about 6 taps to get it loose enough to pull. Actually pulling the block can bet tricky at first, but it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. You can swipe to spin 360 degrees around the Jenga tower, and use the Pinch/Zoom feature if you need to get in close to tap a block.
There are 3 different modes of play in Jenga. You have the Arcade, Classic, and Pass-n-Play modes. Classic is the old school Jenga that we all know and love; you just go into your inner Zen mode and build the tower as high as you can. In Arcade mode you’ll get extra points for matching colored blocks while building quickly. You’ll also get coins that you can use on Jenga Boosts like wildcards, collapse reverse, and multipliers. The Pass and Play feature is pretty cool as well, it lets you “Pass and Play” with up to 4 players which is great when your with friends.
I always liked the original Jenga, and having this on my phone is great. The graphics are excellent, and the physics are as good as you can get. The replay factor is definitely there as well; you’re going to keep going back and trying to beat your previous best. If you enjoyed the original Jenga, or just want to try something challenging, you’ll want to give this a look. There isn’t a free version right now, but you can get the full version of Jenga for 2.99 in the Android Market.