Publisher: Hasbro (2012)
Age recommendation: 6+
Jenga Boom Rules: http://www.hasbro.com/shop/details.cfm?R=263651E8-5056-9047-F5CF-B38B0A63870B:en_US
Jenga Boom is a nice twist on the classic block tower building game. Where you were once taking your time making sure your piece was meticulously placed and balanced, you are now racing against time.
Jenga Boom incorporates a chess timer approach to turn taking. When it is your turn, you hit the timer and make your move. Only once your move is complete can you turn the timer off. The timer controls the "fuse" which shortens until... well... boom!
Your normal Jenga tower has been infused with the intensity of perfection.
The kids loved the game. Why? The most exciting part of Jenga is when the tower collapses, and you don't go more than 5 minutes without a tower collapsing. The only thing my son would change to make the game better would be if the base actually exploded. But as the front of the box clearly states "Actual Product Does Not Explode."
I found Jenga Boom to be fun, but I think the kids enjoyed it more than I did. I had a couple of problems with the design. The fuse made the game a bit too short for my liking. The timer mechanism is, naturally, located at the front of the "dynamite" which made sitting around the table while playing difficult. Your choices seem to be rotating the balancing tower or to play the game with all the players standing up facing the front. As cool as the packaging graphics are with caution tape and an actual fuse sticking out of the top, I feel the size of the box is much too big for the components. None of these things, however, are going to keep me from playing when the kids ask.
Thanks to the good people at Hasbro, you can win a brand new copy of Jenga Boom for your game collection.
Congrats to Michelle C. from Marlton