~I received a Hasbro Jenga Tetris game for review. Other games featured have been previously reviewed and/or played by my family. Opinions and stories are my own.~
One of the best ways to spend family time over the winter is by stocking up on games. As a definite non-winter person, there is nothing better than hanging out in the warmth of home with snacks and the kids playing board games. These are my top picks for family game nights over the holidays, whether for gifts or just to pick up for a nice cozy weekend hiding away from the white stuff outside.
The most recent game we’ve been playing is Jenga TETRIS Edition! As an old school gamer like most parents, I got a kick out of how Hasbro they merged two classic games together and I was interested to see how it worked. A note to beginners that like to not read directions, read the directions. I say this because most people’s first reactions will be to dump out all the pieces and then put them together perfectly to create a smooth tower. This cannot be done, it is TETRIS and there will be gaps in places.
We had originally reacted to Jenga TETRIS Edition like our old Jenga game and tried to do this. After a frustratingly long time I read the directions and realized my mistake! So make sure to read the directions! We laughed about it later and realized it was going to put a whole new difficulty level on it as there were hooks and pieces that didn’t even fit all the way through! Teen and I have had a lot of fun battling each other out with way to trap each other.
As this combines two of the world’s best stacking games with extra challenges due to the pieces, it is best played with children over 8+ and adults. My 5 year old thought it was a building block game and when we let him play once, explaining how to play, he didn’t get the part that if a piece isn’t loose not to pull it. He then proceeded to horde the blocks and create his own tower. So I suppose for little tots it has a duel use of being a fun building block game!
I think this would be a great game if you are like us and play games with family after holiday meals. To sit around with friends and family and see how high you can get the tower with all the challenges is a lot of fun!
My other favorite Hasbro Holiday Picks for gifts or family fun are:
- Magic Jinn: I had gotten the chance to review this game a few months ago with family and it was a whole lot of laughs seeing my husband and his brother try to outsmart a little toy. The kids loved it and so far we’ve only outsmarted it once!
- Scattergories: One of my all time favorite games! The new version came out in 2013 and is mainly used for parties (or 2-4 teams). The twist on the new version is that you have to come up with things all beginning with a certain letter from your dice roll!
- Chasin’ Cheeky Game: We own this game and had it out during my son’s birthday party in September and it was a huge winner with the kids! Any time kids come over now they ask where Cheeky Monkey is. This little guy races across the floor with a banana in his mouth while children try to throw rings on his tail, but watch out! Kids can be seriously calculating when it gets to winning this game.
- Trivial Pursuit Party Edition: I’m a huge Trivial Pursuit fan since I love, love, love Trivia games. This version, however, is for parties and would be a great edition to a family holiday get together! You need 3 to 6 players to play and there is actually a very nice rule in this version that allows players to ask a friend and if they get it right both get wedges in their pies! I think that’s fair!
- Classic Monopoly: What would the holidays be without the classic Monopoly? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know how to play this game, but there is one new piece to it! The Cat. That’s right! The Classic Monopoly now has a cute little cat piece!
- Monopoly Empire: A twist on the classic, Monopoly Empire allows kids to buy up their favorite brands and companies, like xBox, CocaCola or Samsung! Get your way around the board by buying up your favorite mega brands and instead of renting houses or apartments, why not billboards?
You can find more Hasbro games, new ones and old favorites, by visiting Hasbro. You should come back and let us know what your favorites are and if you are picking up Hasbro gifts for the holidays!
Jenga TETRIS can be purchased at any major retailer, or online at Hasbro for $14.99. Make sure to show your support of Family Game Nights by liking Hasbro Game Night on Facebook and/or @HasbroGameNight on Twitter!