The Jackbox Games Holiday Gift Guide

The Jackbox Games Holiday Gift Guide

Friends, you have only a couple weeks until you’re expected to arrive at a holiday get-together with gifts in tow. But fret not! We’re here to save the day with these gift recommendations that just so happen to be in our best interest.

For Mom or Dad

You’ve already given them the greatest gift by simply existing, but you still need to get them something this year.

We suggest giving Carol and Don the pack that started it all – The Jackbox Party Pack. It’s guaranteed to be a “hoot and a half!” Get it for them on an iPad, Amazon Fire TV, or even through Comcast Xfinity. Just make sure you do the right thing and help them set it up. Fortunately, it’s a lot less frustrating than showing them how to use Instagram. Here’s a quick video that will help.

For Your Best Friend

Getting a friend a Jackbox game is like getting a gift for yourself without it seeming selfish. It’s the perfect con. Since these are the games you’re going to play together most weekends, you should get the latest and greatest.

Pick up The Jackbox Party Pack 5, which just came out in October! Celebrate your friendship by challenging them to a rap battle and pitching them some really dumb inventions.

For Your Coworkers

Don’t be like a certain Jackbox Games employee and bring a roll of bubble wrap to a gift exchange. (*cough* Hector). Instead, we have a much better idea.

Pick up a code for Quiplash, print it out, and give your coworkers the gift of laughter. This is what The Tonight Show employee Jimmy Fallon did for his co-workers. [link to video playing with the Roots]

For the Jackbox Super Fan

Nothing. They should own every single game from our catalog… but just in case they don’t…

Pick up the You Don’t Know Jack Classic Pack on Steam and your favorite super fan will get nine of the deeply-loved You Don’t Know Jack installments of Christmas past for only $20!

For Your Fridge

Your fridge, like your heart, is cold and lonely. Give it some love by getting these Monster Seeking Monster magnets. Its heart of palm will grow three sizes if you do.

Happy shopping!

Announcing Game Two of Party Pack 5: “Split the Room”

Announcing Game Two of Party Pack 5: “Split the Room”

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.

See you on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Throw a Great NYE Party

How To Throw a Great NYE Party

 

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, so you’re probably stressing out about what plans to make. RELAX! STOP STRESSING!! Good, now you’re calm. If you want a guaranteed fun night, all you have to do is invite the people you love over to play some Jackbox games. To make it even easier for you, we’ve created a helpful timeline of how your NYE party should unfold.

4:00 PM

Wake up. Now that you’ve had 16-18 hours of refreshing sleep, you are prepared to stay up until midnight.

5:00 PM

Start preparing your Jackbox-themed appetizers, like Lobster Seeking Lobster, Brie K.O., and Civic Cheese Doodles.

6:00 PM

Guests should be arriving now. If for some sick reason they aren’t familiar with our games, feel free to show them this quick How-To video. If you recently got The Jackbox Party Pack 4 on iPad, here’s a helpful guide on how to get it on your TV.

7:00 PM

Get everyone’s attention and then shout, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!” Do this joke consistently the rest of the night. It will NEVER get old and everyone will love/respect you for doing it. 

8:00 PM

Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.

9:00 PM

Start figuring out which Jackbox avatar you want to smooch at midnight. Maybe that orange guy from Fakin’ It? What’s his deal anyway? He’s not even in the game. He’s sooo mysterious.

10:00 PM

Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.

10:45 PM

Go to the bathroom for goodness’ sake. You haven’t gone all night! That’s seriously messed up.

11:00 PM

Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.

11:59 PM

Pause your game to usher in the New Year with the good, kind, lovely people in your life (who just five minutes ago wrote some very vulgar things).

12:01 AM

Now politely tell everyone to leave. You only got 18 hours of sleep and need to hit the hay.

How to Play The Jackbox Party Pack 4 from your iPad to a TV… While Surrounded by Family

How to Play The Jackbox Party Pack 4 from your iPad to a TV… While Surrounded by Family

The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is now available on any iPad running iOS 11, which means it’s even easier to take the party home for the holidays. You could, of course, crowd around the iPad like they did at the first Thanksgiving, but if you really want to distract your family from arguing about politics, here are a couple of different ways to put The Jackbox Party Pack 4 on a big, shiny TV. 

 

Method 1: Using AirPlay via an Apple TV

Turn on the Apple TV and launch The Jackbox Party Pack 4 on your iPad while politely nodding along to your uncle’s conspiracy theory.

Bring up the Control Center on your iPad and select the “Screen Mirroring” option. You will soon be able to transition from that terrible news story on the TV to some enjoyable party games.

Select the Apple TV you wish to use. If you don’t see the correct device, make sure the iPad and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network. [Pro Tip: If you’re looking for your parent’s Wi-Fi password, it’s probably your birthday plus the occupation they wish you had.]

Success! Now get out your phone or another device to use as a controller and you’re in business… not in the family business, but we don’t need to remind you of that.

 

Method 2: Using an HDMI Adapter

Connect an HDMI cable to your TV. Being careful not to strangle yourself during a discussion about NFL protests, connect the other end to your iPad HDMI adapter.

Plug the HDMI adapter into your Lightning port on your iPad. Your iPad screen should now be mirrored on your TV. Quickly launch The Jackbox Party Pack 4 before anybody notices the news apps on your iPad. Now all you need is a controller, so grab your phone or another browser-enabled device. 

Congratulations! You are now set up to play The Jackbox Party Pack 4 from your iPad to your TV. The only thing you’ll be arguing about this holiday season is who wrote the funnier fart joke. Your holiday has officially been saved!

The Road to TwitchCon: California Streamin’

The Road to TwitchCon: California Streamin’

We’re getting so close to TwitchCon 2017 that we can practically feel the California sun on our faces and the smell of sweaty Jackbox track jackets at the end of a full day of streaming.

If you saw our broadcasts from last year, you’re probably expecting a bunch of fun guests to come by and play our new games. And guess what? You’re right! We have some really great people lined up to play The Jackbox Party Pack 4, including our pals UGRGaming, SinfullyRiddling, and Kate Stark! And that’s just the start. We’ll be announcing our full lineup next week on Twitter!

Also, if you’re going to be at TwitchCon, come park your butt in front of our stage and see the laughs first hand. If you’re at home, get in the audience and see if you can influence the games. But you MUST, MUST, MUST NOT forget to give us a Twitch follow if you want to be alerted when we go live. Otherwise, you’ll miss all the fun.

Sorry to cut this short, but we have to make a run to the store for sunscreen, revealing swimsuits, and body hair wax.