artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson
Tue Jan 21 2014, 09:10am | 2 comments
No, wait. Just like Jenga, and not transdimensional at all. Damn.
The Tumbling TARDIS Tower Game is available from Forbidden Planet International and Amazon U.S. Though £19.99/$34.95 is a bit steep.
Via The Doctor Who Site.
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)
Yeah, I can find an official Jenga set for 13 quid, and an off-brand version for 6. I wonder how the printing would affect game play.
But Star Wars Angry Birds Jenga Rise of Darth Vader is 22 quid. I am not making this up.
It seems to me that a lot of these “fancy” Jenga variants basically put the game on Expert mode, as they’re slick painted wood instead of the unpainted wood of the regular game.
My niece and nephew got the Donkey Kong Jenga game several years ago, and the pieces were so slick that none of us (inexperienced Jenga players, but still) could do much of anything before toppling the tower.
And that’s not even counting the additional mechanic, in which the bricks are “girders” and each player has a little Mario guy on a peg to move up the tower. Trouble is, quality control on the hole drilling was poor, so you couldn’t insert a Mario guy into many holes without forcing it, and even on the ones that were drilled properly, the small amount of pressure needed could bring down the tower. (Mind you, the “moving the Mario guy” part of the game wasn’t supposed to be hard, it’s just for tracking position.)
Anyway, based on our experience with that game, I’d be extremely wary of any licensed Jenga products.
EDIT: Ah, I see it’s actually not a licensed Jenga product, which might actually be a good thing….
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