Jishaku is a game of dexterity, chance, patience, and strategy
that can be played with one or more players. It is almost like
magnetic pick-up-sticks, except rather than picking up sticks,
you are laying down rocks. The game box contains 18 magnetic hematite
rocks of varying shapes and slight variance of size in a cloth
pouch, a rectangular tray, and a piece of foam that resembles an
egg crate foam pad with either 23 or 24 holes in it. There are
several ways to play this game, depending on the level of challenge
desired as well as the number of players. Instructions for four
different games are included.
Ultimately, Jishaku is a simple yet challenging game. Each time
a magnet is placed, it has an effect on the other magnets nearby
and can cause them to jump out of their holes or otherwise dislodge
and stick together. By utilizing the magnetic polarity of the various
magnets, a player can place magnets in such a way to force a different
player to trigger the magnetic response. My son's favorite way
to play is the solitaire challenge of getting all the rocks into
the board without them jumping out of the holes. It takes patience
Jishaku is a fun game for all ages, but due to the small magnets
and choking issues, the box lists the game for 14 and up. The biggest
con of this game is keeping it away from the toddler -- she wants
to play too and not just because it has small parts! This game
is a fun tool to teach magnetism, forces, and mathematical strategy.
We love playing this game, and I am sure you will too. Have fun!