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Jenga Donkey Kong
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- Jenga, donkey kong
- 54 black jenga blocks feature the original donkey kong girders
- Four collectible mario playing pieces
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Avoid this one and buy the original. Very disappointed.
The game comes with your regular, wooden Jenga blocks, but each is dyed black with red scaffolding painted on either side and holes drilled in each end. You can play standard Jenga with this set, or play with the DK rules. Each player is given a colored Mario player piece, and the wheel is spun to decide how many pieces must be removed, and how many scaffolds Mario may climb on that turn. Pieces are moved to the top of the stack, making it harder and harder to reach Daisy with every turn. The first player to reach the top wins, or the highest player on the tower before it falls. It's Jenga. People get it by now. It's just as much fun, and as maddening as ever.
The downside... Your Mario pieces have a little post on them that must be inserted into the Jenga blocks as you move up the tower. The holes are a little too tight, so you risk toppling the tower just by advancing your piece. Like most Jenga sets, it needs to be worn in to really be fair and fun. The blocks are also a little rough and can catch on each other. Both aspects can be frustrating until the set is worn in.
This really is a brilliant idea for a piece of retro gaming merchandise, and a solid game to boot.
We pretty quickly abandoned the giant monkey for "standard" Jenga, which was fun, but whether due to our inexperience with the game, a less-than-perfectly-stable table, or the blocks themselves, the tower was always *very* rickety. We never got anywhere close to the tower depicted in the picture here before toppling it.
I've never actually played the "traditional" Jenga, but I suspect we would have been better off with it, and that unpainted wood pieces would make for a less inherently wobbly tower.
1) Sub-par construction. They didn't care enough to do it right. Not every hole is drilled as deep as it should be, and the spinner is definitely lacking in quality. It shouldn't be - you have to have it to be able to play the game! It was un-spinnable at first, but after detaching and reattaching the spinner, it loosened up enough to spin. Still not great. I wish it was on hard plastic instead of cardboard or had a quality spinner like in "The Game of Life" (a.k.a., "Life")
2) Poor/convoluted instructions. Like another reviewer, we resorted to implementing some house rules to soften up the game. According to the instructions, if you pull out a girder a Mario appears to be standing on, that Mario is supposed to be moved down ("fall") a floor. I am competitor when it comes to games but that rule is simply evil and only serves to needlessly sap out the fun! Even though it is a competitive game, it's fun to see the other players ascend the tower and I secretly hope someone will actually make it to the top, which in my experience would be extremely difficult if not near impossible for non-Jenga experts.
Another house rule we implemented is that if the spinner instructed you to remove 2 girders, we only made the player remove 1. Being unfortunate enough to have to remove 2 girders to only move up one or two floors is a bit ridiculous. We never got more than 3/4 to the top by the end and I thought we were playing well.
I am very disappointed with what seems like little more than a cash-in - using a Nintendo license and slapping "Collector's Edition" on the side. But, it *can* be a fun game and I don't regret buying it. I only wish more care and thought would have been put into the final product. If it weren't for the given flaws this would be a 5-star game for sure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My family loves this games. I'm only giving in four stars because a couples of the pieces are warped. ( maybe because of the painting). Otherwise a great family game.Published 1 month ago by Penny468
Brother loves it and came qhickly. Just like the one on Big Bang.Published 3 months ago by Minnetta
Great idea but poorly made.
Return item process was smooth although, that's why 2 stars.