Drumroll, please. Presenting: Jackbox Games. In case the name isn’t all that familiar, Jackbox Games is a developer of incredibly unique and fun video games. Party Packs are a series of Jackbox Games specially made for parties of people (as the name clearly suggests.) Here are all the details one needs to know before investing in a Jackbox Party Pack.
What Are Jackbox Party Packs?
Thanks to the boom of a series of ridiculous trivia games, You Don’t Know Jack, a Party Pack now releases nearly every year. Every single installation has five games that are made for quite a big group of people. Starting out as mobile games, Jackbox Party packs are now easily accessible on Apple devices, the Nintendo Switch, an Xbox, and other platforms.
What Games are in Jackbox Party Packs?
It completely depends on the version one has purchased. The original Jackbox Party Pack includes the famed You Don’t Know Jack as well as an amusing drawing game named Drawful. The sequel Party Pack contains an upgraded version of Fibbage as well as Quiplash, a game that requires wit and humor. Next, the third Party Pack features a deadly trivia game, Trivia Murder Party, as well as a sequel to Quiplash.
The fourth version of The Jackbox Party Pack contains even more improvements of Fibbage and another artsy game called Civic Doodle. Another advancement in the franchise, The Party Pack 5, brings back You Don’t Know Jack. It also has the inventive game, Patently Stupid, which requires drawing. The sixth Party Pack has improvements to Trivia Murder Party as well as a game similar to Among Us, Push the Button. Finally, The Jackbox Party Pack 7 includes the threequel, Quiplash 3, and Blather ‘Round which is a guessing game.
How to Play Jackbox Games
After looking into which games are compatible with what devices, one can purchase the Party Pack that has the most appealing games. For bigger groups of people, a TV would be the best device to play through in order to include everyone. If using another device, simply use an HDMI cable to hook it up to the TV for a bigger screen. Amazon Fire Television and Android Television users can purchase the Jackbox App too.
Afterward, choose a game that seems the most fun. Each game has a code that enables players to join. Each perspective player will need to enter the code on their device at jackbox.tv along with a name they wish to play under. Whoever enters the game first, usually has control over confirming that all the players are included and whether or not to skip tutorials. Then, the games begin.
A Crowd Favorite
The previous six Party Packs actually gained popularity again when the pandemic hit. They were the perfect way to connect while being oceans apart or even just social distancing. The games are amusing and a fantastic way to maintain social interactions during the quarantine period. There were even live streams in order to support COVID-19 focused charities. In December of 2020, Jackbox premiered a Twitch extension made for streamers. This made viewers able to participate in Jackbox games directly via the Twitch interface. The latest release’s steam code, Jackbox Party Pack 7, is available for $29.99 (PC/Mac/Linux).