Published: 27/05/2013

The online arcade game known as “Jenga” is a variation of the popular home board game of the same name. It was originally created by Leslie Scott, co-founder of Oxford Games Ltd, based upon a game that evolved within her family in the early 1970s using children`s wood building blocks purchased from a sawmill in Ghana. At the London Toy Fair in January 1983, Scott launched the game under the named and trademark “Jenga,” which means “to build” in Swahili.

The home version is played with 54 wooden blocks that are three times as long as they are wide. A loading tray is used to stack them into an initial tower consisting of 18 levels of three blocks each. The blocks of each level are set adjacent to each other along their long side and perpendicular to the preceding. After the tower has been built, players take turns removing one block at a time from any level and placing it on the topmost level to complete it. The game ends when the tower collapses and the winner is the last person to have successfully removed and placed a block.

At online casinos such as Bet365, PartyCasino and Intercasino, Jenga is more like a slot game. It features the same 18-level tower of blocks, but the rules have been changed to accommodate wagering. The blocks are coloured and assigned different values. The object is to catch three blocks of the same colour on a single level for a payout and to increase the value of the win with any additional blocks of the same colour that are contiguous.

The game of online Jenga begins with the player making a few decisions. First, there is the option to bet on all 18 levels or just the lower nine. This is accomplished by using the up/down toggles that flank the “Lines” indicator at the left side of the screen. Then, similar toggles can be used to adjust the “Bet Per Line” value from €0.05 to €25.00, thus making €450 the maximum Total Bet.

In the lower right corner of the screen are buttons for “Play” and “Bet Max,” which put the game into action when clicked. The coloured blocks will fall from the top of the screen to form the tower, layer by layer. Numbers on the left and right of the tower indicate the payline levels 1~18. Winning paylines are those that are uniform in colour. Each time a winning line is formed it lights up, along with any touching blocks of the same colour. The “Line Win” indicator on the right side of the screen displays the number and colour of the winning blocks, along with the payout.

The game will automatically remove certain blocks from the winning levels and add “Bonus Blocks” to the top of the tower. If this results in additional wins, those will be added to the Line Win indicator. The cash value of the winnings can be seen in the “Paid” counter directly below the tower’s base. The game’s “Paytable” lists the values of the blocks by colour fro the highest, Blue, through White, Red, Yellow, Orange and Green to the lowest, Purple.

To add some extra excitement to the online version of Jenga, several Special Features have been provided. Random “Layer Bombs” appear and explode, destroying and placing 2, 4 or 8 levels of the tower. “Magic Blocks” randomly transform the colours of five surrounding blocks to a single colour. And anytime the tower is toppled, a free game is awarded.

Additional game controls include a “Game Speed” control to adjust the pace of play from Slow to Medium or High. There is also an “Autoplay” option for presetting from 1 to 999 automatic bets, along with “Stop” controls for setting win thresholds, cumulative win, cumulative loss or stop after tower collapse. A “Setting” switch allows animation, sound and dealer voices to be turned on or off manually, too, and a separate click box can be used to lock the game’s ever-changing background in place.

Published on: 27/05/2013

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