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.
All Jackbox Games are on sale now for Memorial Day Weekend. Visit our shop for deals on Steam codes and visit our Games page for more information on sales happening on other platforms.
This year, Jackbox Games is excited to partner with Red Nose Day USA in support of their tireless efforts to end child poverty. You can catch Red Nose Day and Jackbox Games fun during the first-ever “Nose Bowl” happening this Saturday, May 18th. Fan-favorite influencers and celebs will compete in rounds of Jackbox Games in support of a fantastic cause. Up to 10,000 audience members will be able to play along and influence the games!
For more information on our partnership and the upcoming stream, check out the press release below or visit RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl:
Red Nose Day’s First-Ever ‘Nose Bowl’ Livestream Fundraiser Brings Jack Black, Retta, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey and Popular Influencers Together May 18 to Raise Money for Children in Need
New York, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red Nose Day, the annual campaign to help end child poverty, is kicking off its first annual ‘Nose Bowl’ fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. Livestreamed from Los Angeles, the Nose Bowl will be a star-studded event that gives everyone a chance to participate in real-time – wherever they are.
Celebrities, including popular film star Jack Black (“Jumanji”), Retta (“Good Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”), Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “The Avengers”) and actress Jennifer Grey, will be joining top influencers Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Jacksepticeye (real name: Seán McLoughlin) and more for the event co-hosted by Alanah Pearce and Hayli “HayliNic” Baez. They will all come together with viewers to have fun, raise money and change lives through livestreamed competitions that take gameplay to a whole new level of excitement and engagement.
Whether the celebrities and influencers are doing karaoke battles or facing-off in a game of wits, viewers of the livestream won’t just be sitting on the sidelines watching. They’ll be actively involved in the games, empowered through their own donations to change the course of competitions and outcome of each game. Fans will even have the chance to join Jack Black and Retta in one of ten karaoke battles via Twitch Sings, with the actors personally choosing song submissions from fans for the duets. Celebrity guests and digital stars will also join teams participating in a Jackbox Games competition of robot rap battles in Mad Verse City, and a battle of wits and wackiness in Quiplash 2, both of which allow up to 10,000 viewers to vote and participate.
Watch the Nose Bowl livestream across Red Nose Day’s Twitch, YouTube, Mixer and Facebook channels (@RedNoseDayUSA). Viewers who donate will also have the chance to be rewarded for their generosity, with incentives including Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass tokens and branded swag, as well as access to free movie tickets from Fandango. Special MVP awards will also be given to outstanding livestream donors. For more information about the Nose Bowl livestream and how to participate, go to RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl.
The Nose Bowl is part of a large-scale, public fundraising effort ahead of Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 23, bringing together millions of Americans to have fun and make a difference for children in need across the U.S. and around the world. Red Nose Day will be celebrated with a three-hour block of primetime television programming on NBC at 8/7c. The campaign’s official Red Noses are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationally.
“Our first ever Nose Bowl livestream fundraiser is a great example of how we are looking to tap into the streaming and gaming communities to engage new supporters,” said Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief USA, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day. “We are so grateful to the incredible talent and influencers who are taking part, and hope Americans across the country will join them to have some fun while raising money that will truly change and save children’s lives.”
The Nose Bowl livestream marks the culmination of a series of individual livestream fundraisers featuring some of the world’s biggest digital stars. Jacksepticeye launched the campaign in April, raising over $100,000 for Red Nose Day in nine hours. That was followed by fundraising streams from Twitch stars Pokimane and Valkyrae, and multiple members of professional esports organization FlyQuest.
In addition to receiving the support of some of the world’s most influential streamers, Red Nose Day is also inviting fans to join their favorite digital stars in hosting their own livestream fundraiser. Supporters can get started by visiting RedNoseDay.org/Livestream.
Red Nose Day has partnered with peer-to-peer fundraising platform Tiltify to drive explosive engagement and donations for this series of events and the Nose Bowl. Purpose-built for live-streaming since 2015, Tiltify is the most effective platform on the market for livestream fundraising campaigns and the only fundraising platform with direct integration with the Twitch platform, allowing streamers to embed Tiltify’s interactive features like milestones, incentives and real-time contribution tallies into their stream pages.
Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million since launching in America in 2015, positively impacting over 16 million children. Money raised supports programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities internationally to ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run in the United States by Comic Relief USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised nearly $150 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and around the world. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Red Nose Day returns for its fifth year on Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information about Red Nose Day USA and its impact, visit www.rednoseday.org. Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Tiltify is the fundraising platform for the digital generation, providing live, interactive telethon-style technology that engages donors to invest in the cause. Tiltify harnesses the power of both traditional fundraising and modern digital livestream engagement with platforms like Twitch and YouTube, enabling any organization to dramatically expand audience reach. Organizations like Direct Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Children, AFSP, Make-A-Wish and hundreds more use Tiltify to engage the Millennial and Gen Z generation for single signature events and large DIY campaigns that launch in minutes. To learn more visit tiltify.com.
About Jackbox Games
Jackbox Games, formerly Jellyvision Games, is a developer and publisher of party games on major gaming platforms and home entertainment devices. The studio is best known for comedic party games like YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Fibbage, Quiplash and Drawful. Jackbox Games “makes the world’s best party games” according to Business Insider. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK has been called “the greatest quiz-show game ever made” by The Onion’s A.V. Club. All current-generation Jackbox games feature the innovative use of mobile devices as controllers, allowing anyone with an internet-connected phone, tablet or laptop to join a game without the need for extra game controllers. Players connect to games on their devices by visiting Jackbox.tv and entering the custom game code displayed via the system hosting the game. This unique concept also allows for games that involve secret player input. The digital release of The Jackbox Party Pack, a massive collection of five party games, was named “Best Local Multiplayer Game of the Year” by Giant Bomb. The company is located in Chicago, Illinois.
For more information, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow the studio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch.
This blog goes out to all fans who have a Mac or a PC but have never played a computer game on it. This blog goes out to all fans who look at the list of platforms we’re available on and see a list of names they don’t recognize.
We see you. We’re here to help.
Many people are looking for a nice, portable way to bring our games to a friend’s house. Or, they haven’t played one of our games before and don’t own a gaming console like an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch.
Good news. You don’t NEED one of these platforms. If you have a Mac or PC, you’re good to go once you’ve downloaded a platform called Steam.
What is Steam?
Long story short: Steam is a free software that you download onto your computer to essentially turn it into a gaming console like an Xbox or PlayStation. It takes your drab PC and adds a dash of game spice. (Hmmmm… “Game Spice™”…. We like that.)
Once you have Steam on your PC, Mac, or Linux computer, think of Steam like a free membership service. Through Steam, you have the opportunity to buy and play a ton of games that you couldn’t previously. Steam isn’t the only platform of this nature but it’s one of the main ways people play Jackbox Games.
Your website sells PC/Mac/Linux codes on multiple platforms. What is the difference between them?
You can buy and play our games on PC and Mac on either Steam or in the Epic Store (our games are also available on Linux through Steam).
You can buy Steam codes in multiple places:
So you see, a lot of places sell Steam codes (and offer different sales of our games at different times)! Once they’re purchased however, you redeem them once you’re logged into your Steam account.
How do I create an account?
Click here to get started with creating a Steam account using your email address. Once it is created and verified, you’ll be prompted to choose a username and password. After that, you should be logged in!
Once on the home page, look in the upper righthand corner to Install Steam onto your computer. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to purchase, download, and play games.
NOTE: To access your game library on a different computer, simply Install Steam on that computer and log into your account. You will need to re-download the game on that specific computer before playing but you won’t need to repurchase the game to play.
I downloaded Steam. Now what?
Once it’s downloaded and you have Steam open on your computer, click on the “Store” tab in the upper left hand corner to find a game that you want to buy and play. If you purchased a code from a different store selling Steam codes (like our shop or Humble), then click on the “Games” tab in your toolbar and click “Activate a Product on Steam.” Follow the prompts on the screen to enter your code and begin the download process.
Still need a Jackbox game?
You’re almost ready to party now. All that’s missing is the game itself. Use the discount code STEAMBLOG in our shop to get 15% off a Steam code of our games now.
You can also view a complete list of our games available on Steam here. Enjoy!
Did you know? Drawful 2 and Quiplash 2 have a “Make Your Own” mode that allows you to create custom episodes of your favorite party games! But anything involving a wedding means you have a million things on your to-do list. We did the work for you on this one. (We’ll look for our invite in the mail.)
Help your friend celebrate their impending nuptials with these custom Bachelorette party-themed episodes! When you fire up a game, the first player will have the Episodes Menu on their mobile device after entering the room code. Choose to load an episode by ID and use the codes in the image below. Your lobby will change to reflect that the custom episode has loaded. Enjoy!Still need to pick up a copy of the game?
Visit our games page to see all available options and platforms.