Australian Council on Children and the Media

Jenga - Natural Motions

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This is a digital version of the classic game Jenga. The aim is to remove pieces from a tower built of wooden blocks and then add them to the top of tower. As the tower becomes increasingly taller and unstable the difficulty levels increase. Caution: Although the content of this game is suitable for all ages the feature that allows players to play with others online makes it unsuitable for children under the age of 13 years old (there is no way to turn this feature off).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Jenga was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 April 2018.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Jenga
Developed by: Natural Motions
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 13+ due online connectivity
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Jenga contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for several hours.

App description

This app is similar to the real world game of Jenga in that the player (or players) remove wooden blocks from the tower and place them on top, thus increasing the tower size, and instability. To extract the block from the tower the player must tap and drag a specific block. Then the block hovers over the tower and the player again taps it and the block drops on top. The clock is ticking throughout the game and when the tower eventually comes tumbling down the player’s time and number of layers are recorded. There are 3 variations of Jenga on the app – Classic, Arcade and Pass ‘n Play.

Reviewers comments

This app requires well developed fine motor skills and may require some practice. However the instructions given are quite detailed and video footage is also used to make learning the game easier. Also, when touched, a block displays either a white or red colour – white is the safest option.

Although the content of this game is suitable for all ages the feature that allows players to play with others online makes it unsuitable for children under the age of 13 years old (there is no way to turn this feature off).

In App purchasing

None noted.

Online information

  • Other: receive data from the internet.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There are pop up ads for similar apps.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

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