The Jackbox Party Pack 5 already has one space-crazy trailer. We had so much fun making it that we decided to make FIVE MORE. Each game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is getting its own trailer and first up is Split the Room.
Split the Room and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.
Imagine a world where Jackbox Games only announced one game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. Scary thought, isn’t it? Well, we’re happy to say that world doesn’t exist.
It’s common knowledge that You Don’t Know Jack will be making its glorious return in Party Pack 5, and now we’re excited to reveal that game number two will be a new title called Split the Room!
If you missed our live E3 announcement, you can watch it here.
Split the Room is a multi-dimensional party game where you create weird/supernatural scenarios with the goal of splitting the room’s response. (Oh, and it’s hosted by a talking, omnipresent cat.)
To explain how it works, let’s turn things over to our mysterious host:
You’ll laugh, you’ll argue, and you’ll discover which of your friends uses the strangest logic. It is guaranteed to be the most fun you’ve ever had in a nebulous void.
Want to see the game in action and maybe even play along? Then join us during our weekly Twitch stream tomorrow (Thursday, June 14th) at 3:30 PM CT! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on all things Party Pack 5.
Hi! We’re Jackbox Games. You may know us from our mega-hit trivia comedy series YOU DON’T KNOW JACK. Or maybe you know us from Fibbage, Drawful, Quiplash, Trivia Murder Party, or any of the hit games from The Jackbox Party Pack series, including our latest 5-game collection of outrageous party games, The Jackbox Party Pack 5 – featuring YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream, Split the Room, Mad Verse City, Patently Stupid, and Zeeple Dome. But no matter how you know us, feel free to scroll around our site and learn more about us – other games we make, what we’re working on, our history, our salmon farm, our enemies list, our spec script for “Suddenly Susan,” our latex recreation of Ed Asner, and your horoscope.
When we started releasing images of the dolls of Trivia Murder Party 2, we couldn’t help but notice a House of Darkly tweet around that time teasing a new plush being created featuring a button. Our whole office shared the tweet in Slack wondering, “Could it mean that House of Darkly is creating a plush about The Believer?!” We hoped and crossed our fingers and lo and behold:
This is one of the many reasons why we love House of Darkly so much. You can check out more amazing House of Darkly creations at her website here. Read on to learn more about one of our favorite fans!
When did you first hear about and/or play Jackbox Games?
I started with You Don’t Know Jack (the first one) when it came out; I have a vague memory of seeing a blurb about the game in a magazine, probably MacAddict which I used to read cover-to-cover. I have conferred with my older brother and we’re pretty sure we bought it in an actual brick and mortar store, either Electronics Boutique or CompUSA. I played it pretty compulsively, against him, my mother when we could rope her in, and just solo. None of my classmates knew what I was talking about. I was deeply obsessed (little has changed, including my cries of “argh” when it was going to be a gibberish question).
How have Jackbox Games titles impacted your life?
Honestly? I came to the streams for Seaman nostalgia, and it was a slippery slope from there. But really, Jackbox came back on my radar with gusto because of Hello From the Magic Tavern, though I never forgot about the games. I kept my original CD-ROMs, long past the point where I had a computer that could use them. Cookie’s voice is indelibly burned into my brain.
The streams were a big deal for me; I work from home, so I plan my hand sewing work so I can justify watching as motivational accompaniment. I really appreciate having the Jackbox folks and their chat as company, and I have gotten extremely good at working, chatting and still playing audience on my phone at the same time. Having time to think creatively in a different way helps me with my art, too. I don’t live close to my friends, but we’ve been able to use a party game to make the party wherever we are; hosting Jackbox night over Discord or playing together in a convention hotel room. Jackbox helps us create a virtual party, a liminal party space if you will. And everyone at the company has been so kind and supportive about my work, which is an amazing feeling because it’s highly mutual. Especially since we’re so close to a time when “gaming” as a concept often tried to present itself as closed drawbridge on a castle with a moat and a lot of angry spikes. A big, colorful bouncy castle with a sign reading “the more the merrier” is very welcome, and makes you want to check out the rest of the carnival too.
And also someone at the company who knows who they are gave me an easter egg in the Party Pack 5 YDKJ, which was uncovered under such hilarious circumstances and felt so surreal that neither I nor my witness were completely sure it had actually happened. For the record, never assume and then say out loud as the game is launching that it’s okay if you do poorly at trivia because Cookie doesn’t know your name. He might.
Which Jackbox Games title is your favorite and why?
It really depends on the mood I’m in, and who I’m playing with. I genuinely enjoy all of them; even Zeeple Dome, which I continue to be fairly bad at. But I have the deepest connection to YDKJ. It was so different than anything else I was playing at the time, and made a huge impression. Most of those games were very self-serious, which was fine; but I grew up playing things like the Hitchhiker’s Guide text adventure and I missed that playful, vaguely antagonistic relationship with a game. I do still have an immediate heart rate increase at the start of the Jack Attack and instinctively lean closer to the computer, even when I’m just watching friends play. And despite that familiarity, I feel like I’m always finding something new the more we play.
For someone who has never played Jackbox Games before, which game do you recommend starting with and why?
I try to tailor that recommendation to the person I’m trying to convince; I think there are enough varied games that there’s a perfect “in” for pretty much everyone. Everybody knows which friend is the trivia nerd who likes to swoop in with a fact or correction; so for them YDKJ or Fibbage is a good choice. Split the Room or even Patently Stupid work for family members who might not quite know what they’re supposed to do. Art friends are perfect for Drawful or Tee K.O. (though I really like putting people who “can’t draw” in the drawing games). Quiplash is an excellent go to for larger groups when there’s not an obvious leaning. Once you’ve established who the stone-cold weirdos are, then you go for the deeper-cut games.
You are an amazing artist! What are some of your favorite Jackbox-adjacent plushes you’ve created?
You can’t compliment me in an interview question, that’s against the law! Larry King will be kicking in your door any moment now. Also this question is a trap, because that really is a “favorite child” type issue, though I’m just now realizing it’s possible parents do have favorite children and all of us who aren’t only children have been lied to. But I do feel that way, and since I definitely have others on my list my answer might change. The Quiplash pals are very joyful as a group and extremely soft, and I put by far the most hours into the YDKJ 4s (which were produced for internal use so I didn’t keep a prototype). Maybe the Patently Stupid lightbulb, because it’s not how I’d normally design a character, but it’s just so chill. I do worry a little bit now, in hindsight, that I’ve let on that I’m a pushover when it comes to peer pressure to make Jackbox plush and I’ll wind up buried in them! But there are worse, and significantly less cute, ways to go!
This blog was written partly because we believe in the power of parties. Especially those parties in which a killer game is played amongst friends imbibing and enjoying delicious treats.
This blog was also written because I am hungry and need to figure out what I’m doing for lunch in a few minutes.
Behold, the Jackbox Games “official” recommendations for which party snack goes best with your favorite gut-busting (albeit, in a different way) party games.
Bidiots + Charcuterie.
Everyone loves a pretend “fancy night” from time to time. For me, this means firing up a game of Bidiots and bidding on terrible and hilarious drawings my friends made on their iPhones. It also means that my charcuterie plate consists of Ritz crackers, sliced up colby jack, and some Craisins for visual effect. I’m from Kansas and I can’t tell you what gruyere tastes like.
Patently Stupid + The Veggie Tray.
Patently Stupid is about solving problems and being better. No snack exemplifies this than the pre-cut, pre-sorted, pre-arranged Veggie Tray with a tub of ranch already waiting for you in the center. The quintessential party go-to that ensures everyone can attempt health while attempting to invent the next big idea. Toby and Lena approve!
Bomb Corp. + Hot Wings.
I think a fun twist on Bomb Corp. could be making the person that screws up the directions eat a wing with sauce that is hotter than they are prepared to handle. Sadly none of my friends have accepted the challenge…yet.
Tee K.O. + A Giant Tub of Cheese Puffs.
Tee K.O. does a brilliant job of giving you time to really invest in the drawings that will soon become your new favorite t-shirt. The true secret to the game is that it also gives you time to EAT. THOSE. SNACKS. If you’re like me, you speed through that smiling hot dog so that you can stuff your face with the best snacks while your friends are distracted. Cheese Puffs are perfect for Tee K.O. because no other game allows you to properly orangify and de-orangify your fingers before you need to start writing slogans again.
You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream + The Slice of Wedding Cake in Your Freezer.
If you’re like me, your freezer is full of healthy frozen meals you can’t bring yourself to eat. However, married or not, we can all agree that nothing says “remember the good times” like a round of the Jackbox Games trivia classic, You Don’t Know Jack. It pulls you right out of a stupor in life just like that defrosted 8-year-old vanilla buttercream slice can pull you out of a marital argument about dishes!
Fibbage 3 + Aunt Louises’s “Orange Dip.”
Is it trying to be a chipotle ranch dip? Is it some sort of queso? Was squeeze cheese involved? No one knows for sure and that vibe pairs perfectly with Fibbage 3. While you ponder the intrigue behind Orange Dip, enjoy the intrigue of pondering the true answer to: “Once a year, the elephants in Vienna’s zoo are allowed to eat ______.”
Split the Room + A Chocolate Fountain.
I feel it is my duty to humanity to use my platform to advocate for chocolate fountains. Nothing transports you into a new dimension like the hilarious hypotheticals of Split the Room in The Jackbox Party Pack 5…. And also a decadent chocolate fountain. You and I both know your friends would audibly squeal if they walked into your party and saw a chocolate fountain with the Split the Room cat looking on in the background. Use your platform!
Word Spud + A Raw Potato.
I realize now that I could either continue on and outline a delicious snack for each of our 28 (excluding classic You Don’t Know Jack) hit party games. Or, I could go eat some lunch and provide my body with the nutrients it craves.
I suggest that I do the latter and you work on the former. Which party snacks are your favorite during a round of Jackbox Games? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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