Jishaku 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!
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?
I got this game today, I have been playing it all day. Wow this game sure does require skills. Try not to let them magnetize to each other or you get more on your side. You want to be the first person to run out, to win. This game is alot of fun and would make for a great drinking game, haha. It was also nicely wrapped up. Comes with a nice cloth baggy for the magnets and then a rigged foam holes board for the magnets. I notice to some what work was put the big ones on the edge and pile the lil ones in the middle. I have yet to complete this game yet. I made it as far as 7 out of 15 magnets. This game will put those nerds to the test, to see if you can complete the board. It is all about skills and try to be the first person to run out. Its odd that 2 players fight against 15 magnets which is a odd number. Hhowever many people can play this game. It is worth the bucks, because this game is like one those never ending games, one where you can put away, (if you can) and bring back out and try again. I am so addicted to this game. I tried all day long to win, no luck yet, try it again tomorrow.
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