★★★☆☆ Stack Jack: you can play friendly or nice, but you can’t play with too much caffeine/hand wobble.

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a quick/small footprint game –kids birthday(?).

This game stands out because: the player next to you picks the piece you have to balance on the tower –which adds a little strategy to a dexterity game.

Positive:
1. This game will fit in your pocket (if you take it out of the tin).
2. This game plays pretty quick.
3. Handing pieces to your neighbor adds to the player interaction.
4. Quick set up and break-down makes this a great restaurant game.
5. The low price point makes this a good kids birthday present.
6. Young and old can play (but watch those young kids because the pieces are small).

Negative:
1. Not a lot of replayability (unless you create your own rules).
2. 2 player doesn’t as work well as 3 or 4 –unless you like direct conflict.
3. Don’t play on a wobbly table or in a breezy room.

Brief Overview: With all the wood pieces in the middle of the table, each player takes turns taking a piece. With pieces equally distributed, the start player picks a piece from his pile and hands it to his/her neighbor on the left. This neighbor must place the piece on the table (or on the tower if a tower has already been started).  

 

Number of Players 2-6
Age 6+
Time 15 mins
Friendly ★★☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★☆☆
Interaction ★★★☆☆

Versions:
This game is also known as Splash, but there are no differences between the two. There are many similar games. Rhino Hero, Cat Tower, Junk Art, Bausack, Hamsterrolle, Garbage Day, and Villa Paletti (to name a few).

Teaching Advice:
Let everyone pick pieces and then show them how you pick the piece your neighbor puts on the stack, just like your other neighbor picks your piece. This concept is much easier to show than tell, so be sure to use your hands while explaining. Also, it’s a silly game, if someone complains that they didn’t know which pieces to pick, just tell them to wait a few mins for the next game to start.


Link to Video Tutorial (this game is also known as Splash).

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