Product to Review: Jishaku
Product Information: Jishaku – The Ultimate Game of Magnetic Attraction
Steve Velte was playing with his two daughters one afternoon with some finely polished hematite magnetic stones. His oldest was putting the magnets onto a variety of surfaces and he began to notice how, depending on the surface, the magnets would interact.
Inspired, Steve came up with a simple game that afternoon where he and his daughters would take turns putting magnets onto a surface and try to accomplish certain tasks with the magnets on that surface. Eventually, it became clear that trying to avoid having the magnets connect was challenging and the most fun. As the game progressed, some of the magnets flew together, and an “ah ha” moment occurred when Steve’s startled eight-year-old squealed in surprise. It happened again and again. Steve thought he had something, and after some major fine-tuning of the rustic beginnings, it became apparent that he did.
Jishaku, the game, was born. A unique game of skill and intrigue, Jishaku, the Japanese word for magnet, holds surprises at every turn. Unlike traditional board games where moving a piece is only risky if a player happens to land on a dangerous square of the board, Jishaku players can never be certain if their next move will secure them a win or cost them the game when their move causes pieces to jump across the board and connect. The game is fast paced and a new player can learn the basics of game play in thirty seconds though individual strategies emerge as a player becomes more skilled. When the magnets connect, and as few as two to a dozen can and will, the reactions can be hilarious.
Like traditional magnets, Jishaku pieces have both a North and South Pole; however, these magnetic pieces have no markings to indicate which is which. Players can choose from a variety of game play options for their Jishaku game, the most popular is called “I’m Out.” While alternating turns with an opponent, the goal of the game is to be the first player to run out magnets by placing magnets onto the game base - without letting any magnets connect. Any that do connect are returned to your stack. Skilled players learn to use the magnetic force of the game pieces in their favor- repelling the magnets closest to them without forcing them into other magnets.
Jishaku retails for $19.95 and can be purchased at over 1000 specialty retailers across the country, Barnes & Noble stores, select Target locations and online at www.playjishaku.com.
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!
My Opinion: This is one game that will have you laughing all throughout while playing. It surprises you even though you expect it and you jump. Well, at least we did. It is a very fun game to play!
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