Records and achievements can be different. Serious and not very, big and small. Actually, it even doesn’t matter whether your own record will change the world or not – it is your growth and this is the most important thing. In this article, we are going to speak about the game which is one of the ten most popular games worldwide – Jenga. Particularly, about records connected with it. What is the highest Jenga tower nowadays, who was it first creator, and how much time did it take him to set this record? These and other questions will be reviewed here. Who knows, maybe it will be your next challenge to beat this record?
What is Jenga?
“If we could take only one game with us to the uninhabited island, we would definitely take Jenga” – it was the most confident answer of my friend I’ve ever heard. After the minute of his explanation, I also was totally agreed with him. Why?
- It’s very simple: the rules of the game can be explained in exactly 15 seconds;
- it does not take up much space;
- you can play it almost anywhere;
- it is not boring and does not cease to be gambling even after a few hours of playing;
- well, in extreme cases, it can be launched to kindling a fire.
Impressive arguments are not they? As shown by my immense practice, to make a tower of wooden bars and rearrange them to a higher level, gently pulling out the bars from the lower floors, is incredibly interesting for both children and adults. In addition to this, Jenga perfectly develops fine motor skills and attentiveness.
The rules are very simple: at the beginning of the game, you build an 18-floor tower made of wooden bars, which you need to make higher and higher, pulling out the “bricks” and rearranging them up. Each new move is harder: the more floors, the less stable the design becomes. The winner is the player who put a block on the top of the tower before it crumbles at the next move.
Why has Jenga become a real hit?
- First, this game has deep roots in almost all cultures: any parents know how important it is to give children to play with dice and other solid objects from which you can collect different constructions.
- Secondly, Jenga perfectly develops coordination and motor skills: try on your own to pull out the bar from the base of the tower first and then, trying not to flinch your hand, put it on top and do not ruin the whole structure. Not so easy, yes?
- Thirdly, the competitive spirit is very pleasing to children. Boys come to real delight when they win (or when the tower collapses) and girls really like the process of construction.
- Fourthly, Jenga is one of those games that simply must be in the family if the parents care about the intellectual development of the child. Of course, it is not a fact that a boy who played this game will grow up and become a famous engineer – but at least he will have excellent practical knowledge of geometry and mechanics that will be useful both in school and hereafter.
World popularity and official records
World popularity always is connected with the world records. In 1983, Robert Grebler found a box with Jenga at home. He tried to play and really liked it. A year later, when his business affairs went badly, he offered Leslie Scott to give him the rights to the game in exchange for his help in selling the game in Canada and the US.
In February 1985, Robert Grebler organized the first Jenga tournament in Montreal. The tournament had a stunning success, and Grebler realized that without the help of a large toy company he could not do. After visiting the tournament, Stephen Hassenfeld, co-owner of Hasbro realized that this game is obligated to be produced by his company.
For three decades of its existence, Jenga has evolved from a simple gift into a game of international level, on which competitions are held and records are set (which, by the way, fall into the Guinness Book of Records). Here are some of them:
- The tallest tower is 397 centimeters (slightly higher than a single-story house);
- The fastest construction is 23.5 seconds from the beginning to the full tower;
- The largest purchase – 125 boxes with the game were bought at a time in a retail store.
These are only several examples of the world records. Who knows, maybe the next one will be yours?