How to Make Friends: A Back-to-School Guide from Jackbox Games

How to Make Friends: A Back-to-School Guide from Jackbox Games

If there’s anything game developers know, it’s how to get stuffed into a locker  make friends. Let us share some of our infinite wisdom with you before you embark on your new, studious journey.

Become party royalty in 3 budget-friendly steps:

  1. Have Several Fun Facts in Your Back Pocket.

People like LEARNING! That’s what you’re all at school for anyway, isn’t it? You have a small window of time to establish yourself as Lord of the Facts within the first week of school. Awkward silences?  Drop these bombshells from Fibbage, in The Jackbox Party Pack, on them:

“Did you know that Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world a duck is watching you?”

“In 2009, Eminem tweeted that he was really good at Donkey Kong. Imagine that!”

“There’s a small village in England called No Place. More like No THANKS!”

  1. Wear Intriguing T-Shirts.

Nothing is more eye-catching than a vivid and somewhat confusing t-shirt. If you’re struggling to approach others and make conversation, sometimes the right outfit can do all of the work for you.

We recommend our Drawful 2 Sexy Bikini Owl t-shirt. We know from experience that wearing this out in public will evoke a variety of emotions and reactions (mostly confused stares). It’s the t-shirt equivalent of having an invisible neon arrow above your head!

  1. Become an Internet Personality.

Who needs real friends when you can be friends with people on the Internet? Use a streaming service like Twitch or Youtube to stream yourself playing Jackbox Games with friends around the globe. Take advantage of our special streamer features to make sure they are only Internet friends of the highest caliber. (Ok, there will still be that one weird guy, but what are you gonna do?)

Making new friends doesn’t have to be hard when you have games like Fibbage, Quiplash, and Drawful. Our games are designed to help you engage with the people you’re with, learn new things about each other, and laugh about goofy stuff – no small talk needed. Download our games on your PC or console and play this video for your group to get a game started. No fuss friendship!

Oh? What do you know – several of our games are on sale now for PC/Mac through Humble! Pick up The Jackbox Party Pack 3 for only $12.00 or fan-favorite Quiplash for only $1.00 today!

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is on Sale Now!

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is on Sale Now!

Through August 28th, unlock multiple Jackbox Games for your PC/Mac at a discounted price through Humble Bundle! Purchased games will be available to download through Steam.

We are proud to be partnering with Humble so that a portion of proceeds from your purchase will go toward supporting Humble Bundle’s featured charity of the month. Or, you can choose from thousands of charitable organizations in the Humble database. Name your price and increase your contribution to unlock more games.

A contribution of $1 or more unlocks Quiplash, Fibbage XL, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 1 XL and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 2.

A contribution of more than $6 unlocks The Jackbox Party Pack, The Jackbox Party Pack 2, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 3 and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 4 The Ride.

And, you can pay $12 or more to unlock Drawful 2 and The Jackbox Party Pack 3.

Get these games in your party rotation ahead of school starting, Labor Day BBQs, and The Jackbox Party Pack 5 launch later this fall!

Our Favorite YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Commercials

Our Favorite YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Commercials

The release of the latest iteration of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is just around the corner, and with it comes a legion of new commercials for you to love and cherish! While we tie up loose ends for the new game (coming soon in The Jackbox Party Pack 5), we thought we’d share which ones are our favorites from You Don’t Hear Jack Vol. 2. Click here to listen to each one!

Don’t Say Pajamas! (#3)

“To me, Don’t Say Pajamas! is a perfect example of a YDKJ commercial. It’s got a ridiculous premise, lots of sound effects, and a great punchline. And the host is named Terry St. Pancakes for no reason at all. What more could you want?” – Ryan DiGiorgi, Game Director/Editor

Carpet: The Musical (#5)

“I love this one. It seems like it was written for Tim Sniffen and Steve(o) Heinrich, because… I guess it was. My favorite part is “…the highs, and lows of Carpet…” because it sounds like Steveo is literally choking on shag carpet by the end.” – Allard Laban, Chief Creative Officer

Vance VanVan’s Van Lot (#6)

“It’s impossible to pick my “favorite” commercial, so I’ll just pick “a” favorite: Vance Van Van’s Van Lot. The drawn-out pacing, Arnie Niekamp’s hilarious read, the slow blues music in the background – it’s all chef-kiss perfect.

I found the email where Arnie sent me the initial script and he had it pretty much exactly like the finished commercial but it didn’t really have an ending. I replied, “It’d be great to work in something like, ‘And remember, if Vance VanVan’s Van lot’s a-rockin’, be sure to stop in… and buy a van.” He added that and then added “… from me… Vance VanVan,” which just made it 100 times funnier. Also of note, my youngest kid, who was eight at the time, read the line “Hey Vance, what’s that weird burning smell?”” – Andy Poland, VP of Audio and Editorial

John Taylor’s Suit Emporium (#14)

“This commercial parody always made me laugh. A great premise that just keeps topping itself. No matter how many times I listen to it, I still can’t do the math and figure out how the deal works.” – Dave Innis, Art Director

Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary (#30)

“It’s really hard to pick just one, and while I love the final line in High Horse Coffee, I’ll have go to with Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary. I remember taking way too long to figure out what was going on when I first listened to it, but now this goofy joke gets me every time. Also, Garow is a great name.” – Evan Jacover, Chief Technology Officer

Stay up-to-date on the latest information about The Jackbox Party Pack 5 by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And, enjoy more music and sound from Jackbox Games on our Bandcamp page.

Which YOU DON’T KNOW JACK commercial is your favorite?

These Party Games Will Save Your Family Reunion

These Party Games Will Save Your Family Reunion

July is National Family Reunion Month (yes, there is even a month for THIS). We don’t want to make assumptions about your family but when the evening of “Family Reunion: Day 3” rolls around you might be in need of an emergency activity to liven things up.

Let Jackbox Games be your go-to party game that will provide a much-needed break from:

  • Questions about where your ex-girlfriend is living these days because she was “Such a nice girl!”
  • Advice about how to price-check brake pads from your Mom’s loudest Uncle
  • Repeating the only accessible and semi-humorous story you have about your job over and over again

First, you’re going to need to remember to pack an iPad, laptop, or Nintendo Switch with your Jackbox Game already downloaded. The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is available on multiple platforms that allow you to play in locations other than your own home.  If you’re using an iPad, check out this blog post about how to connect it to a TV to make it easier for others to view.

Then, we suggest playing this video for everyone about how to connect to the game. Each player will need a smartphone to join. If you have more family than the game has players, excess people can still join as an audience member on their phone and participate in gameplay in other ways.

From there, you’re off to the races! Want to learn weird facts about your cousins? Try Fibbage: Enough About You! Want to avoid things getting too competitive because you still have 4 more days with each other? Try Civic Doodle and create art together as a team! If you’re going to yell at your family, it might as well be playful!

What are you waiting for? Check out our games page to see which ones are currently on sale now!

Custom Civic Doodle T-Shirts and Postcards Available

The Doodle Valley gift shop is now open and selling T-shirts and Postcards of all the terrible, terrible art you have made while playing Civic Doodle from The Jackbox Party Pack 4.

After each game of Civic Doodle, you can view the gallery by clicking the link on your controller. All of the artwork you and your friends created during the game will be viewable. In the gallery, you have two options: purchase or share.

Clicking purchase will send you to our page that allows you to select the size and quantity of shirt you’d like to order. Get 5 shirts with a weird mustachioed face, why don’t you? Make it your next family portrait outfit!

You also have the option to share your creation out on social media. Surely this will be the tweet that propels you into sudden fame, acknowledged by the likes of John Stamos, John Mayer, or heck – John Walsh. Then visit #civicdoodle on Twitter to see other wacky works of art.

As you may already be aware, Civic Doodle isn’t the only Jackbox Game that allows you to create a physical, permanent reminder of your hijinks. You can also play Tee K.O. on The Jackbox Party Pack 3 and restock your wardrobe with the shirts you create during gameplay.

So, pick up a copy of The Jackbox Party Packs 3 OR 4 to create some custom merch that can delight and/or embarrass your friends and family!  Visit our games page for information on the latest sales. And, check out the rest of our glorious game-related merch here.