Game of Magnetic Action

Gaming Gets Magnetic

Jishaku is Japanese for magnet, and that’s what this game is all about. You’ll find one “force field” game base and 18 magnetic hematite stones with which to play. Simple, right? Yes and no. While there are three different versions of gameplay, all of them hinge on understanding and leveraging the attracting and repelling powers of the magnets. The goal is to either stick magnets together or prevent the same, depending on which game you’re playing. But the smooth hematite playing pieces aren’t labeled in any way, so you’ll just have to feel the pull of the pieces, aligning magnets to your advantage if you can.

Inventor Steve Velte was inspired to create Jishaku after he and his daughters noticed that their magnetic hematite stones reacted differently depending on where and how they were placed, and how close they were to each other. When several magnets “flew” together, the Jishaku concept began to take shape. A big part of the fun is the unpredictability of the game. Magnets jump out of position, without warning. So be prepared for some surprises.

Jishaku is a game of simple rules that invites potentially complex strategizing. It can be played with one or more players, and although it’s recommended for ages 14 and up, we had success playing with kids as young as 9. We’re sensing… a unique gift that will pull you into hours of gaming fun.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve

    I have this feeling that "Fans of Daily Grommet" will soon be "Fans of Jishaku," too. Why? Because it is simply that much fun for everyone. It's a high energy, fast paced game of strategy with rules that are easy for anyone to catch on to quickly. I can't be with you today and so I'm sending Elisabeth in my place who can answer any questions that you have.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/7/2010 1:10 PM

    This game looks like a ton of fun. I found this video at the Jishaku site and had to bring it over here. You can see how much fun everyone is having playing this game!

  • Dianne
    9/2/2010 8:08 PM


    This looks like tons of fun. I noticed the the "egg crate" in the wooden box version is black and a blue one in the cardboard box. Are the "egg crates" reversable in colour? It would be nice to have the wooden box, but easier to see the hematite magnets in the blus "egg crate."

    Thanks so very much,


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/2/2010 10:22 PM

    @Dianne - I purchased this game and it is so much fun! Unfortunately, the interiors aren't reversible but I will forward that suggestion on to Steve!

  • Audrey
    4/7/2011 7:53 PM

    I am a teacher's aide in special ed. My students were so interested in magnets I bought this game! All the students love it!! Now students from all over the campus want to come in and play it with my students. I have given out Grommet's site name to so many parents and students to find this game! Simple but addicting! I hope the inventor comes up with a bigger set so more can play where you start with magnets already on the board!!! I can really recommned this!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/8/2011 12:50 AM

    @Audrey: What a wonderful story. Thank you for stopping back to share. Your students are very lucky to have you in their classroom.

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