When I originally saw the game Jishaku I thought it would be a great game for the boys. Turns out Honey loves it the most. It is actually an easy and fun game to play with your child. She gets a kick out of each and every time.
JishakuTM is a patent-pending, portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – the kitchen or the beach. But unlike chess, there is an element of surprise when the magnets jump out of position, without warning. Surprise, then laughs, follow as two or more players try to beat force fields with strategic thinking plus careful and precise handling of the game’s magnetic stones. The unpredictability of Jishaku turns any get-together into a party!
A Game of Strategy and Skill
Jishaku, Japanese for magnet, uses finely polished hematite magnets for playing pieces. There are several variations of the game but the most popular is “I’m Out”. While alternating turns with your opponent(s), the goal of the game is to place magnets onto the game base – without letting any magnets connect.
If any magnets connect on your turn, you must collect those magnets and add them to your pile. The first person to run out of magnets wins.
But there is a twist. All magnets have North and South poles. Jishaku magnets do too. They just aren’t marked. So as you carefully place your magnet in a hole you can feel the tug of magnets all around the board. Skilled players learn to use magnetic force in their favor- repelling the magnets closest to them without forcing them into other magnets.
At least that’s the goal. But the results can be quite surprising. The record for the most connecting magnets on a turn is twelve…and in “I’m Out” thats not a good thing! Can you use magnetic force to outwit your opponent?
At first Ericka wouldn’t play as she was scared of the magnets connecting, and not knowing when they would or wouldn’t but slowing she started laughing and enjoying the game. My only complaint is I wish there were more magnets to make the game last a little longer, or to have a great number of people. Possibly a bigger game board to make it last a little longer. You can, however, purchase extra magnets for only $6.95 Overall it is a fun and very unique game and can be played time and time again.
There are actually 4 different game styles however we played the one I’ve listed above, trying to be the first one with no magnets left. What I love best about this game is watching my Honey laugh! This video is just so fun to watch!
Jishaku won the Learning Express 2009 Toy of the Year. It retails for $19.95 and can be found at major retailers such as Target and Barnes & Nobles. However you have a chance to win your very own here at Shibley Smiles. This would be a great gift under the tree or a fun game to play with the kids during your holiday get together.
Jishaku has graciously offered to give one of my awesome readers their very own Jishaku game!
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