Everybody knows that Jackbox Games bring the party. But what happens when Jackbox Games ARE the party? When Jackbox fan Jim Perry turned 50 this year, he decided to test this out! If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can take your Jackbox nights to the next level, look no further!
Step 1: Form Your Teams
You don’t HAVE to have snazzy lanyards to signify which team you are on but don’t these look cool? Jim’s party involved 3 teams of 6 people playing on separate TVs all at the same time.
Step 2: Choosing Your Game
Yes, there will be that party attendee that demands Trivia Murder Party like Freebird at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. To keep things fair and encourage some variety at your party, consider creating a random system for which game comes up next. It also takes some of the pressure off of you as the host. For Jim’s party, they found a prize wheel online and Jackboxified it.
Step 3: Make Sure Everyone Has a Good Time!
If you’re playing with friends who are new to Jackbox Games, it’s advisable that you spend some time making sure everyone understands how to play. Before they started to keep score, Jim played a few practice rounds with attendees. And, to really up the ante, he created these grammar cheat sheets to ensure that everyone’s Mad Verse City raps could pass an English test!
Step 4: Figure Out a Scoring System
Everyone loves a party with stakes. In Jim’s case, they tracked scores in 4 rounds of games and declared a first place winner, a second place winner, and, to keep things quirky, a ninth place winner. (Although, based on this scoreboard, a Jeff was bound to win all along.) A code for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 made for a sweet prize and everyone received an evening of silliness and merriment.
Next time you have a birthday around the corner, consider Jim’s sweet setup to guarantee a good time for all! Start building your collection of party packs now.
If you’re not playing Jackbox Games at your work happy hour, is it truly an hour of happiness? Yes, our games provide merriment and revelry amongst friends and family, but did you know that they also double as killer team building activities? Or, at the very least, a structured social activity that can cut through the tension of awkward small talk. You’ll never have to hear about Jim’s root canal debacle again!
If you’re already the boss (literally, not figuratively) give one of our party packs a whirl on a Friday afternoon. If you’re not in charge, (and really, none of us are in this rat race we call existence) become everyone’s new favorite coworker when you buy one of our packs on sale as a gift for the office.
A few things to consider before you get a game going:
Our handy, dandy “How to Play” video will take some of the burden off of you explaining how to get started.
Some offices have firewalls that block Jackbox.tv, the page that players will need to open in their browser in order to connect to the game. Test this ahead of time and if possible, have a wifi hotspot ready to use as a backup. Then immediately apply for a cooler job where they allow our games.
Jim might use the user-generated content opportunities to mention his root canal debacle again. This can’t be avoided, but you can send a subtle message by not voting for his answers.
Many of our recent games have Family Friendly settings that you can turn on in the game’s lobby menu before starting. This is HIGHLY recommended for an office environment! Unless you are an agent of complete and utter chaos.
Not sure which pack to go with to start the party work-sanctioned activity? Our most recent pack, The Jackbox Party Pack 5, has something for everyone! Practice your pitching and presentation skills in Patently Stupid, show off your trivia knowledge in You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream, or channel your rage by destroying aliens in Zeeple Dome, to name a few!
Ahead of New Year’s Eve, Jackbox Games wants to help you get a jump start on one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in 2019. After all, who better to help you set important life milestones than the creators of Lie Swatter! So, here are our suggestions for your New Year’s resolution based on the games you love and cherish.
Get better at drawing. Sure, you can draw a decent penguin but can you draw a missed high five? This is the perfect year to invest in expensive art lessons, so a sad man in tweed can teach you about cross hatching. Or just grab a copy of Drawful 2! It’s guaranteed to turn you into the speediest doodler this side of the Atlantic Ocean. (Not a guarantee.)
Ask someone out on a date. Need some help mustering up the courage to ask a dreamboat out for coffee? There are dozens of highly disreputable seduction courses anxious to take your cash. But that might conflict with your other New Years resolution to not be a garbage person. Instead, try Monster Seeking Monster. If you can ask a zombie for a date, a human wearing a puffy coat at Starbucks won’t seem scary at all.
Pitch your big idea. Yeah, THAT one. The one that could make you the big bucks if you had the courage to pitch it. The best way to practice this kind of high stakes presentation is to work in your garage, day and night, until you become the CEO of global tech conglomerate. The second best way is to use Patently Stupid. Watch your friends have their lightbulb moment as they realize you’re going to be the “rich friend with a boat” someday.
Be more fashion-forward. In 2019, you’re going to impress upon people that you’re here to Look Good.Sure, you could walk into your local JCPenney and grab literally anything off the rack. (Not to mention the savings!) But, why should THE MAN tell you how to dress. Create your own bold, exciting t-shirts in Tee K.O. that you can order after you play!
Learn more about your inner circle. With big secrets comes great, great power. Hiring a private detective to follow everyone you know at all times is a no-brainer. But for a budget-friendly option, just play Fakin’ It with your friends. You’ll learn about all of the weird facial expressions they make when they are trying to hide theirs!
Our games are on sale now! Pick up a party game or two to enjoy with friends at your New Year’s Eve party.
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.
Unless you’re a Leo, it can be fairly difficult to make decisions. The charts say you will face many challenges this week and selecting the perfect game for an upcoming get together shouldn’t be one of them. As a Capricorn, I feel the need to share my wisdom.
After consulting several online horoscopes, I have found the best Jackbox Party Game for you! Based on your zodiac sign/the games that Marketing told me to push!
Aries – Split the Room
Aries are addicted to drama. Their favorite game is shouting Big, Little Lies spoilers in yoga class, but watching their friends Split the Room through kooky “what-ifs” is the next best thing.
Taurus – Bomb Corp.
If you need to deactivate a bomb, don’t call the police…call a Taurus. They are patient and love to work under pressure. They are also great lovers, so they know how to delay a premature explosion.
Gemini – Zeeple Dome
Zeeple Dome has the bright colors, upbeat music and constant violence that impatient Gemini’s demand. We made them third on the list because there is no way they’re reading the whole thing.
Cancer – Tee K.O.
A sentimental crab would love to have a souvenir from family game night. Tee K.O. allows them to actually make a T-Shirt they can buy…because the stars also say Cancer’s love T-Shirts.
Leo – Trivia Murder Party
If you know a Leo, they are plotting to kill you. Trivia Murder Party might sate their bloodlust and need to prove themselves superior…at least for one night.
Virgo – Fibbage/Fibbage XL
Human emotions are just puzzles for Virgos. Fibbage allows them to decipher truth from lies, a valuable skill for these robots trying to learn how to feel.
I played Drawfulwith a Scorpio and not only did they create three priceless works of arts, but they redecorated my living room and saved my marriage with their inspiring images.
Sagittarius – Monster Seeking Monster
If you’re a practical person…you want know which of your friends are werewolves and which ones are witches. A Sagittarius wants to get this sorted through a round of Monster Seeking Monster before any other game is played.
Capricorn – Quiplash
Full disclosure; I am a Capricorn. Which is why I love Quiplash, because it rewards you for being the funniest, most attractive and overall best person in the room.
Aquarius – Mad Verse City
An Aquarius loves to share. Play the rapping game Mad Verse City and ensure everyone gets served. (The charts say you will find this pun delightful)
Pisces – Patently Stupid
Pisces are very superstitious so I’m sad to say all signs indicate that if you do not play Patently Stupidin the next 48 hours, you will doom your life and become unappealing to all potential friends/suitors.
Sure it’s great to the be the VIP of your family or friend group that always brings Jackbox games to the party. But it’s the season of giving, which means giving those people their own copies of our games so they can have a party without you! Here are a few common FAQs about gifting our games:
Can I purchase a physical copy of a Jackbox Game?
We’ve officially joined the cyber bandwagon and do not sell physical copies of our games. Our games are only available as digital downloads on a variety of platforms! Choose the game you’re interested in purchasing on this page to view the platforms it is available on.
How can I give someone a digital download of a Jackbox Game?
The first step would be to figure out what platform that person would be interested in playing our games on! Our party packs are available on consoles (Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch), PC/Mac/Linux, and other streaming consoles (Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV).
We sell digital PC/Mac/Linux Steam codes for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 directly on our website here! After your purchase, you’ll receive the code via email. You can print and wrap it, save a tree and email, or turn into a paper airplane for 3 minutes of unbridled fun!
If you’re looking to purchase on a console, you will need to purchase a gift card for that console’s store. For example, if your giftee wants to play on their Xbox One, they will need a Microsoft store gift card. We recommend including a giant post-it note on the gift card that says, “THIS IS FOR THE JACKBOX PARTY PACK 5.”
Do you sell gift cards?
We don’t sell gift cards for our games. We do sell PC/Mac/Linux codes for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 directly from our website here. If you’re looking to purchase on another platform, you will need to purchase a gift card for that platform’s store.
Do you sell any Jackbox Games t-shirts or other merch?
We sure do! We have some nifty swag available in our store here.
Who needs an armful of slippery newspaper leaflets about Black Friday sales when you have THIS blog post!
It’s that time of year. You need a post-turkey activity to do with your extended family. You need a gift idea for your cousin who’s a freshman in college. You’re looking for a New Year’s Eve party game to pass time until maybe, just maybe you finally ask Brenda if you can kiss her at midnight, you coward!
Jackbox is here to help. Our games are on sale on multiple platforms this holiday season and we want to give you the inside scoop. Look for the platform you want to purchase on, double check the dates, and then set a reminder on your phone to Get. That. Deal.
The links below will only reflect the sale price when the sale is live in that platform’s store.
You’re 9 years old. You’re at Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Louellen’s house. After hours of waiting and making minimal noise at the kids’ table, it’s finally time to EAT PIE. Your one allotted slice of apple covered in vanilla ice cream is gone in 3 minutes. You look longingly over to the dessert table. No one else is around except for Uncle Bob. You wink at him conspiratorially as you reach for a second slice. He’s cool. He knows what’s up.
But just as you’re about to take that first bite, you hear him say, “I’m telling your mother.”
That’s right. Uncle Bob was a snitch. He was then and he is now, and even though the years have passed, you’ve never forgotten it. You’ve been waiting years to obliterate Uncle Bob for this betrayal. It’s time to exact your revenge.
In Mad Verse City (one of five games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5), players craft rhymes for robots to perform in a text-to-speech rap battle. Each round involves a player receiving a prompt for a single word (example: “an occupation”) and the game uses it to create your first line. Then, you write the second line on your own, making it rhyme with the first. This repeats twice and ta-da! You have a verse.
Once you’re done writing, you’re pitted against an opponent. The robots read out your creations and the audience votes on a winner. Watch us play the game here.
Setting up the Tournament
Eight players can play Mad Verse City and the game is played in three rounds. In the final round, the players with the best score must go head to head to determine who emerges victorious. Your sister can destroy your grandmother! Your weird twin cousins can finally channel some of their weird twin energy! And, everyone can laugh at how silly it is hearing robots say phrases like, “It’s lit, dog.”
A round with eight players lasts about 30 minutes. Just enough time to digest between the main dinner and dessert.
Relief from dishwasher duty
A free pass from bringing a dish to next year’s Thanksgiving
A code for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for those who do not own it yet
Cold hard cash
You can play Mad Verse City (and the other four games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5) on major digital platforms now!
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “Friendsgiving” as “A meal with a Thanksgiving-ish vibe but it’s not exactly *on* Thanksgiving day and it’s mainly for friends and not family, obviously.”
We know that not every Friendsgiving is the same, so here are the five types of gatherings you might attend, and which game from The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is best suited to the occasion:
If you work in retail, you are likely to be scheduled on one of the days sandwiching Thanksgiving (Thanks, capitalism). On this occasion, everyone will be a bit miffed because they wanted to be with their Gan-Gan in South Dakota. Instead, they are with the people they see every day while folding tank tops.
Why: Take all the fury you feel about missing your Auntie’s mashed potatoes and channel it into an absolutely scathing rap that destroys your Assistant Manager. After all, she is the one who made the schedule.
The Sorta Friendsgiving
You might end up at a Friendsgiving with a bunch of near-strangers, in which case you are usually required to be on your best behavior. If you end up at a stifling, polite meal, you can break out a game to loosen things up a smidge.
Why: This game is interactive, engaging, and does most of the work for you. Sit back and let us entertain you with jokes and trivia.
The Big Friendsgiving
If there are more than a handful of your friends meeting up this year, you’ll discover two things: 1.) Way too many people brought chips as their “side dish,” and 2.) You’ll need a game that takes advantage of the big crowd.
We had a great time on the Jackbox Stage at TwitchCon 2018. Thanks to all of the amazing streamers that joined us to play games from The Jackbox Party Pack 5. And, a big thank you to the audience members that joined us. Here are some of our favorite moments:
Did you like the panel art on our control room?
The stage in all of its glory.
Working hard in the control room!
Thanks to our friend, CityofStad, for hosting one of our panels!
Looking at very important and serious things in the control room.
Havok, iambrandon, and Zotbot on the Jackbox Games stage.
Thanks to everyone that played along with us at Jackbox.tv!
Prepping sick Mad Verse City verses.
The Jackbox crew starting the stream on Day 2.
Work hard, eat hard.
Kate Stark, therealguyjudge and JaXboxChick joined us on Day 3!
Thanks to Team Catalyst for being our final panel and for destroying each other in Mad Verse City for our entertainment!
The final hour of streaming with the Jackbox crew.
Our stream ended on this screen. Thanks for the memories, TwitchCon!
You can watch all of our streams from TwitchCon 2018 on our Twitch channel.