Human beings seem to have an innate desire to build things, as the popularity of LEGO, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, Erector (get your Beavis and Butthead snickers out of the way now) sets, and even the basic wooden blocks you’ll find on the floor of any kindergartner’s room can attest. But we also get a certain kind of thrill out of tearing it all down, too, don’t we? And when we find two ways of doing something — either creative or destructive — sometimes we’ll combine them to maximize their impact. Chocolate and peanut butter? Quite successful. Arm and Hammer? Of course. Fry and Laurie? Goes without saying. Smith and Wesson? Sure. Jenga and Tetris? Jenga Tetris? Really? Well, let’s see…
Jenga Tetris Combines Two Greats
Jenga Tetris melds the wildly popular build-it-up-and-hope-you’re-not-the-one-who-knocks-it-down fun of Jenga with the OCD-nurturing-must-make-pretty-blocks-fit-together-perfectly amusement of Tetris. I mean, it’s in the name, isn’t it? It would be ridiculous if it were a Monopoly-Ouija hybrid under such circumstances.
The rules are pretty simple: You and a group of friends slowly build up a tower with the included 47 blocks (in six familiar Tetris shapes), and then you take turns removing a block at a time from a lower point in the tower and placing it at the top. This continues until some unlucky chump takes out the wrong block and the whole tower collapses. The last person who successfully removed a block without this happening is declared the winner.
And then you probably do it again and again and again. The Jenga part caters to the builder/destroyer in all of us, and it’s blended with the addictiveness of Tetris.
You could actually play Jenga Tetris alone, but this would mean that you’ll both win and lose at the moment of truth — and Dr. Schrödinger’s not around anymore to help you wrap your brain around that particular pickle.