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Official Giant Jenga Rules

Giant Jenga is a fun and engaging game that involves building a tower with wooden blocks and taking turns to remove blocks without causing the tower to collapse. Here are the detailed rules for playing Giant Jenga:


The objective of Giant Jenga is to remove blocks from the tower and stack them on top, creating a taller and more unstable structure without causing it to collapse. The player who causes the tower to fall loses the game.


  • 54 Wooden Blocks: Typically each block is three times as long as it is wide.

  • Stable Surface: A flat and stable surface to set up the game.


  1. Build the Tower:

    • Start by stacking the 54 blocks in layers of three, alternating the direction of the blocks with each layer.

    • Ensure that each layer is perpendicular to the previous one, creating a stable tower of 18 layers.

    • Make sure the tower is straight and stable before beginning the game.

  2. Choose the Starting Player:

    • Decide who will go first. This can be done randomly (e.g., by rolling a die, drawing straws, etc.).


  1. Taking Turns:

    • Players take turns removing one block at a time from anywhere below the highest completed layer.

    • Use only one hand to remove a block. You can switch hands, but only one hand can touch the tower at a time.

    • Once a block is removed, it must be placed on top of the tower, following the same layering pattern (perpendicular to the previous layer).

  2. Stacking the Block:

    • Place the removed block on top of the tower, completing a three-block layer before starting a new one.

    • Ensure that the newly added block is placed straight and in line with the other blocks to maintain the tower's balance.

  3. Game Continues:

    • The game continues with each player taking turns to remove and stack blocks.

    • Players must be careful not to cause the tower to collapse while removing or stacking blocks.

Winning and Losing:

  • Winning the Game:

    • The game continues until the tower collapses.

    • The player who successfully placed the last block before the collapse is considered the winner.

  • Losing the Game:

    • The player who causes the tower to collapse loses the game.

    • The collapse can occur during the removal of a block or while stacking it on top.

Additional Rules and Variations:

  • Time Limit: Introduce a time limit (e.g., 30 seconds) for each turn to keep the game moving quickly.

  • No Touching: Players cannot touch the tower except to remove and place a block during their turn.

  • Strategy: Consider introducing strategic elements such as blocking certain blocks to make it harder for opponents.

Tips for a Fun Game:

  • Play on a Flat Surface: Ensure the game is played on a flat, stable surface to prevent the tower from toppling prematurely.

  • Steady Hands: Use steady hands and slow movements to carefully remove and place blocks.

  • Observation: Watch for loose blocks and plan your moves strategically to maintain the tower's balance.

Giant Jenga is a great game for parties, family gatherings, and outdoor events. It combines skill, strategy, and a bit of luck, making it an exciting and unpredictable game that players of all ages can enjoy.

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