Welcome readers, to the Game Corner! Every week, we’ll be giving a quick look of a board game in Hwa Chong, and this week, we’ll be starting with…
Where: Loan from Council Welfare Room (open 3 to 6 pm from Mon – Fri)
$5 deposit required, return by 6pm the same day
Note: There’s also a UNO Stacko set in the library, which functions similarly to Jenga – however, the blocks create a lot of noise when they fall, which tends to be a bad idea in the library.
Jenga. Derived from the Swahili word “to build”, this game involves a tower of blocks, then players taking turns taking one block from any level but the bottom or the top, and putting it on the top of the tower. Objective: Don’t knock down the tower. Sounds simple, right?
The thing is, this game can get a bit boring and long, as players tend to take great amounts of time meticulously removing pieces. So, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you…
Chess Clock Jenga!
This idea was derived from British entertainer Tom Scott’s video on the subject – I rcommend you check it out here – http://www.tomscott.com/chessclockjenga/
If you have an actual chess clock, all the better – but chances are you don’t. No worries! There are plenty of apps that serve as a chess clock for both Android and iOS. The one that we used for playtesting this idea was this one.
Here’s how Chess Clock Jenga for two people works:
When the first player touches the tower of blocks, the second player touches their side of the chess clock, causing the first player’s timer to run down. After the first player finishes their turn, they touch their side of the chess clock, pausing their timer and making the other player’s timer run. This continues until:
That’s it for this article! If you enjoyed this, join is again next week for a dire, dicey board game where detectives descry a difficult death in a dark dwelling…