Jenga World Tour
Jenga could be
considered real-world Tetris and this current Nintendo DS version is
based on the world famous wooden block tower building game. Featuring an
innovative control system that can only be found on the Nintendo DS,
this console version features all the thrills and excitement of the real
world game as you attempt to build the tallest tower without it toppling
down and best of all, Jenga World Tour allows for a 4-player party
Players feel a real sense of tension
thanks to the DS stylus: select a block, push it, pull, tap or twist
There’s a wide variety of game modes
for short or long challenges.
Experience single and multiplayer fun
offline and online, including reality-defying modes: glue the
blocks, unleash the little monkey, etc.
So how does Jenga play on the Nintendo DS,
considering it's a real-world game of skill? The answer is quite well, thanks
for the Nintendo DS stylus that allows you manipulate the Jenga tower
with the stylus as you can perform almost all the real techniques as you
manipulate the block. Needless to say, it can be quite tricky,
especially when your tower starts to become outrageously high.
The developers also take the idea of Jenga
beyond the original idea by allowing both single player and
multiplayer gaming modes thanks to the consoles wireless capabilities. To keep the game fresh and unique, the title also
a variety of different types of blocks and powerups to either assist the
player or hamper their opponents.
We also tested the title with 2
Nintendo DS consoles which worked perfectly wirelessly and could become
quite a heated game, depending on the players patience and skill level.
There are also a variety of different gaming modes, ensuring longevity
Graphically, Jenga on the DS is rather
pixellated and appears dated on this console with some lacklustre
background environments and quite plain looking blocks. The special
effects are rather decent and match that with some repetative sound effects
and an interesting musical "Jenga" score and the title is a little
mediocre at the best of times, that is, graphically and musically.
In conclusion, Jenga World Tour is a fun
title on the Nintendo DS that is actually quite playable on the console
that features innovative gameplay and in general a good yet
frustratingly annoying time which is elt down by mediocre graphics and
repetitive sound effects. Definitely one for lovers of puzzles!