This time of the year tends to be a family affair for many. With the US celebrating Thanksgiving this week, and Christmas right around the corner, there’s plenty of reasons to organise family get-togethers. And with family get-togethers comes games, laughter and fun. Step away from the cherades though, and give your family something brand new, and pretty hilarious to try instead.
Introducing the Jackbox Games packs. Already a hit with Twitch streamers and the general internet, these packs offer games that are shown via a games console, PC or Mac, but each player uses their mobile phone to play along.
For Apple product users, Jackbox Games packs are available for purchase via the Mac App Store. Priced at £18.99 each, each pack includes a 5 or so games to play with friends. Offering the choice of 1-100 players, there’s plenty of chance to involve all of your friends and family, both in the same home and across the net from their own respective locations at the same time. Each player connects to jackbox.tv on their phone, entering the special on-screen code seen on the TV/Mac screen.
Due to the increase in popularity of this companies output at the moment, there’s a significant amount of choice. But, where do you start? Check out the full list below to help you to make up your mind!
The Jackbox Party Pack
You Don’t Know Jack!
A brilliant spin on the classic pub quiz trivia, You Don’t Know Jack! offers hundreds of trivia questions in a fun gameshow-like setting.
Playable for up to 8 people, Fibbage XL is broken into three rounds. Players are presented with an obscure fact with a missing word or phrase. They secretly provide the answer to the missing phrase, with the aim to create an answer that seems to be legitimate. The aim is to discover the lie, and earn he most points.
Like charades, Drawful asks players to draw out a prompt that they've been given. The other players must correctly try to guess what it could be. This game just gets a damn-sight funnier when you're playing it with people who really can't draw!
Fill in the blanks in this funny word game. Aimed more at adults, you have the opportunity to be as crude as you like here!
Lie Swatter presents the player with a number of statements which may be true or false. The player must determine which ones are lies and “swat” them, thus earning points for correctly guessed answers.
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
Just like Fibbage XL in the first page, Fibbage 2 presents even more facts, words and phrases, with the aim to discover the lie among the submitted answers.
One of the funniest Jackbox Games on offer so far, Earwax offers players word prompts on the screen, which they then have to choose two sound effects in their list that resembles this the most. Of course, there’s quite a mixture of sound effects, and they won’t always match the word or phrase offered, so this is where it gets pretty hilarious.
In Bidiots, you and the other players will draw some artwork which you’ll then get to bid on. The aim here is to try and get the closest bid to the actual price of your painting (each player will be privately be given a price, which they’ll be trying to aim for.
You might be familiar with this one, as this is the game that started to get people talking about Jackbox Games. Quiplash is a fill in the blanks style game, where players use their phones to finish a word, phrase or prompt. For those familiar with it, its pretty similar to popular card game Cards Against Humanity.
In Bomb Corp, one player is an employee of a bomb factory that must deactivate bombs as they come off the assembly lines. The other players are given different sets of instructions to help deactivate it. The instructions are potentially conflicting, requiring quite a lot of communication and collaborating between players.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
The sequel to the previous pack’s Quiplash XL this offers a much more polished gameshow-style fill int he blanks game with hundreds more questions!
Trivia Murder Party
The strongest game in the third pack, Trivia Murder Party pits players with the aim to survive and make it to the end. Incorrect answers and failing at challenges will only lead to your sack puppet’s demise. Answer trivia questions, solve maths and logic puzzles, and try to make it as the last man (or woman) standing.
In Gursspionage, players will be given a bunch of statistics (e.g. ‘How many people put up their decorations before December?’). You’ll then need to turn the percentage wheel until it arrives on a percentage that you think best matches the final answer for this statistic. The players with the closer numbers will be awarded points.
Another drawing challenge, Tee K.O. lets players design their own t-shirts. They’ll then get asked to come up with random slogans which will come into play once everyone’s drawings are completed. From here, players will each be given two t-shirts to pit against one another, with random slogans underneath. The aim is to pick the slogan that you think best matches the drawing. The player who’s slogan and drawings are matched up are given points!
Another lie-style game, Fakin’ It shows all but one player a question. You’ll need to raise your hand, make a silly face and so on if you agree with the statement. The player who isn’t given the question will need to decide how to react once the reaction time comes around, as convincingly as possible. The aim here is to try to not be spotted as the Faker. It’s actually a lot harder than it seems!