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.
Wake up. Now that you’ve had 16-18 hours of refreshing sleep, you are prepared to stay up until midnight.
Start preparing your Jackbox-themed appetizers, like Lobster Seeking Lobster, Brie K.O., and Civic Cheese Doodles.
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.
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.
Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.
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.
Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.
Go to the bathroom for goodness’ sake. You haven’t gone all night! That’s seriously messed up.
Play some Jackbox games and have a great time.
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).
Now politely tell everyone to leave. You only got 18 hours of sleep and need to hit the hay.
It’s easy to gift our games on Steam and Xbox One, but here’s the hard part: figuring out who in your life deserves it. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of good candidates to consider this holiday season.
1. Anyone with a gaming console or computer who likes to laugh with friends.
All of the Jackbox Party Packs can be played on PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch and oh, so many more!
2. Anyone who throws lifeless parties that usually end with you faking IBS.
We’re great for parties, so no need to falsely clutch at your colon after another game of charades!
3. Anyone who would like to draw “Ben Affleck eating a gyro” with their phone.
Which is actually a large portion of the population, according to our research.*
4. Anyone with a Twitch or Youtube stream who likes to interact with their audience.
Since all you need is the room code and a phone, audiences can play from anywhere in the world!
5. Maybe an ex-lover?
We’re not saying our games will DEFINITELY bring them back to you, not after the way you so callously toyed with their emotions in the Hamptons over Labor Day, but crazier things have happened.
6. Your employees!
Instead of raises, annual bonuses or health insurance, slip a download code of the Jackbox Party Pack 4 into their locker.
7. Gerald, the drifter who lives in your crawl space and doesn’t seem to laugh anymore.
Actually, you should probably check that he’s still alive. Does your house smell funny?
8. Maybe an ex-lover?
Yes, we said this already, but here’s how it could play out. You fake being lost at sea as you were sailing to do charity work in Ecuador. Have your lawyer knock on their door, tell them you left something for them in your will and deliver a manila envelope with a Jackbox Party Pack 4 code inside. They’ll get real mad and throw it in the corner. “What about the Hamptons?” they’ll scream. The envelope will sit and sit, but days later, during a rainstorm, they’ll relent. They’ll download the game and throw a party in your honor. Everyone will laugh. Everyone will cry. Everyone will toast your memory. Just as your former lover wins their third game of Fibbage 3 in a row, you open the door and step in from the storm and say “It was the laughter that brought me back.” Cut to wedding bells. Cut to three kids. Cut to dying in the arms of your beloved… which is totally someone else. You can’t get away with faking your own death, idiot.
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is now available on any iPadrunning 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!
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.
In addition to designing our new stage layout and booking really fun guests, we had to figure out what to wear. Here at Jackbox Games we always have our finger on the pulse of fashion, which is why we decided to get track jackets this year!
So if you are attending TwitchCon this year, be on the lookout for the group that resembles a gang of New Jersey mobsters. We’d love to meet you, so please stop by our stage and say hi! We’ve been told we give very good handshakes.
Can’t make it but still want in on the fun? Follow us on Twitch because we’ll be streaming the gosh darn heck out of that weekend.
Ok, we should probably get back to work because we have so much to do! (We cannot stress just how busy and important we are.) Stay tuned because we’ve got some fun updates coming in the next couple of weeks!
Five and a half new party games headline Jackbox’s next great party game collection on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC, Mac, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield
Jackbox Games has announced that its next collection of hilariously absurd party games, The Jackbox Party Pack 4, will launch on Oct. 17 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; Oct. 18 on Apple TV (4th Generation and later); Oct. 19 on Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC and Mac via Steam, the Humble Store and Bundle Stars, as well as the Mac App Store, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield; and Oct. 20 on Xbox One.
Five – and a half! – crowd-slaying party games combine to make The Jackbox Party Pack 4 the series’ best installment yet:
Fibbage 3 – The threequel to the outrageous bluffing game boasts totally new question types. (2-8 players)
Fibbage: Enough About You – A new game mode where players guess weird facts about each other! (3-8 players)
Survive the Internet – Twist your friends’ “online” comments in comical ways in this web-based frame game. (3-8 players)
Monster Seeking Monster – A spooky date-a-thon where you message and date fellow monsters with special powers! (3-7 players)
Bracketeering – Place smart bets on stupid arguments in this deranged debate match. (3-16 players)
Civic Doodle – Improve the town’s murals and one-up your friends in this irreverent art game. (3-8 players)
Games in The Jackbox Party Pack franchise support phones, tablets and computers as controllers. Players can easily join the fun by using their device to enter a room code at Jackbox.tv, and up to 10,000 additional audience members can join and affect the outcome of the games. Optional features like extended timers and manual censoring make it easy for streamers to play with their communities.
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 http://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.
I mean, technically, we’ve already announced all five (and a half) games in The Jackbox Party Pack 4, but maybe you don’t want to read five (and a half) separate blog posts to get all the details. Or maybe you’d rather see all six-ish games in action in the below videos from our weekly Twitch and YouTube streams where fans get to play along. Or maybe one post is just better for SEO. Anyway, if you haven’t been keeping up, here’s all the fun to look forward to in this fall’s pack of games. We don’t have an exact release date yet, but we’ll let you know here (and on Twitter and Facebook) the second we do.
Fibbage 3 (2-8 players)
The blanking fun sequel with all-new question types and the game mode Fibbage: Enough About You where you guess weird facts about your friends. Learn more >>
Survive the Internet (3-8 players)
The web-based frame game where you twist your friends’ “online” comments in hilarious ways. Learn more >>
Monster Seeking Monster (3-7 players)
The spooky date-a-thon where you message and date fellow monsters with special powers. Learn more >>
Civic Doodle (3-8 players)
The one-up art game where you compete to improve the town murals. Learn more >>
Bracketeering (3-16 players)
The deranged debate match where you place smart bets on stupid arguments. Learn more >>
Bracketeering is a game of strong opinions on stupid things. Up to sixteen players submit answers to absurd questions and categories like “Best thing to hold in your online dating profile picture” or “Coolest person to clone an army of.” Those answers then duke it out in a tournament-style instant-elimination bracket, until the championship answer is crowned.
But Bracketeering isn’t just about entering funny answers… it’s about having surprisingly strong opinions on ridiculous things, which is why predicting winners of future match-ups (and convincing others to agree with you) could be your path to victory even if an answer you typed in doesn’t take the top prize.
Taking things up another notch is the Blind Round, where players know the category of the bracket (being prompted to enter the name of “any animal” or “any verb ending in ‘ing'”) but have to submit their answers before learning the true title they’ll be competing under (“Awesomest animal to guard your children” or “Best thing to be doing when you die”). Whether your answer fits perfectly, or is hilariously mischosen, you can still win it all with some savvy predictions… even if that means betting against yourself.
And did you notice that we mentioned that up to SIXTEEN PLAYERS can play at once?! We tried to play it cool when we casually mentioned it up in the second paragraph but considering until now all our games have maxed out at eight players, we think it’s pretty exciting. More players, more answers, more fun. (And, of course, as usual, up to 10,000 more people can play along in the Audience)
Fall is getting closer and so is the release of The Jackbox Party Pack 4.* This year’s pack has Five and a half great party games. We’ve already unveiled Fibbage 3 and its all new game modeFibbage: Enough About You (that’s where the “and a half” comes from.) We’ve given you sneak peaks of both Survive The Internet and Monster Seeking Monster on our weekly stream. Today, we take a look at game number four: Civic Doodle!
The good people of Doodle Valley have enlisted you and your fellow players to beautify the town with ridiculous murals. Two players draw at once, adding whatever they choose to a simple starter drawing. Other players can react with onscreen emoji in real time as the drawings are being drawn. When time’s up, everyone votes on which drawing is the best, and the winner becomes the new “base drawing” that the next two players make additions to. After everyone’s drawn twice, you get to see your finished masterpiece displayed in a place of honor in the town.
In the final round, the Mayor of Doodle Valley (who you may recognize if you’re a longtime YOU DON’T KNOW JACK fan) commissions you to paint a portrait for the town hall. This culminates in a drawing free-for-all where everyone competes at once.
We’re excited about this one, not only because it’s just a fun game, but because we’ve made some great improvements to our browser-based drawing tech that’ll make your absurd art look better than ever. Want to see the game in action? Check out the archive of our announcement stream on Twitch or Youtube. And follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates, including next week’s reveal of the fifth and final game in the pack!
*We don’t actually have a release date yet, but just trust us, it’s getting closer.
It took a little longer than we had hoped, but we did it!
We’re pleased to announce that both The Jackbox Party Pack and The Jackbox Party Pack 2 will be released on Nintendo Switch on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.
Finally you will be able to grab a Nintendo Switch and play all of your favorites, including YOU DON’T KNOW JACK 2015, Drawful, Fibbage 2, Earwax, Bomb Corp, and, yes, even Word Spud. Hours and hours of Word Spud.
What’s that? Still not enough? Wow. Okay. Hmmm. How about this: The Jackbox Party Pack 4 will join the rest of the series on Nintendo Switch this fall.