Announcing Game Three of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Mad Verse City”

Announcing Game Three of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Mad Verse City”

Come back to the 90’s with us, for a tour de force of the greatest rap beefs of the era. Except, in this timeline, that era went a little differently. We call it Mad Verse City, and it’s the third game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5.

Giant robots have invaded, and they want one thing: to set the city ablaze with their best verses. Thankfully, all citizens of Mad Verse City are out of town, except for a thirsty and rambunctious crowd and our esteemed hosts, Chicago legend Shadow Master MC and his sidekick, DJ Raych. They’re going to do their best to referee this competition as these Titan MCs let loose on the mic. At stake are mountains of cash, and the respect of whatever is left of the city when they’re done. Join them this fall to decide who is the greatest in Mad Verse City!

Features:

* Beautiful, retro-cartoony art.

* The ability to write sick rhymes using your smartphone.

* Hear your MC avatar rap the bars you write out loud (they’re a little robotic, but their doing their best).

* HUGE scores. Try to make a million dollars!

* “Write for Me” and “Suggestions” to help you when you’re off your game.

* Cheer along during the raps and hear the crowd roar.

Watch our friends at Polygon give a first look at an early version of Mad Verse City here.

Mad Verse City will join YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and Split the Room, along with two other to-be-announced games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates about the pack, coming this fall. 

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.

Changing Your Settings for Jackbox Games Streaming is a…. Gamechanger

Changing Your Settings for Jackbox Games Streaming is a…. Gamechanger

Jackbox Games are a key element of most successful streams, according to everyone and also according to A’ZQR: The God of Streaming, formerly The Eternal Bleeding Jackal. Our games are designed to create an interactive experience with your audience. Instead of solely watching YOU play, they can get in on the fun too!

Sprinkle a little Trivia Murder Party into your schedule before you start some rounds of a game that rhymes with Bortmite. Add a dash of Fibbage 3 at the end of your stream. You have earned A’ZQR’s favor with this content offering.

However, your audience members dislike nothing more than TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! In order to have the most successful stream possible and avoid being smote from the precious Earth, you need to make sure your settings are on point.

Enabling Low Latency on your streams allows for more real-time interaction with your audience. Your chat will work more effectively at two-way communication, allowing people to deride your skill faster! And, Low Latency isn’t just helpful for big-time streamers. If you’re just looking to use a streaming service to connect with your friends remotely, this setting can still be helpful for the quality of your gameplay.

Here are links to instructions for enabling Low Latency, depending on the platform you are using:

Twitch

Youtube

Here at Jackbox Games, we are slowly repaying a 50 billion-year debt to A’ZQR due to a squirrel-related incident. Because of this (and because we want to create the best gaming experience possible for you), we have added some additional stream-friendly features to our games. These include extended timers, audience censoring capabilities, and the ability to support an audience of up to 10,000 people.  You can learn more about these features for streamers here.  Alas, even with these efforts we were only able to reduce our debt by 500,000 days…

After you optimize your settings and host some Jackbox Games streams with your audience, be sure to share them on social and use #jackboxgames. It pleases us (and our Overlord) greatly!

You can watch streams of our games in action by visiting our Twitch and Youtube channels.

All Jackbox Games are currently 45-60% off on Steam through 7/5. Get them now!

Drawful 2 Now Available on Nintendo Switch™

Drawful 2 Now Available on Nintendo Switch™

Jackbox Games’ hit party game joins The Jackbox Party Packs 2, 3 & 4 on the Nintendo eShop

Jackbox Games has announced that Drawful 2, the hilariously artful party game, is now available as a standalone title on Nintendo Switch™ consoles via the Nintendo eShop for $9.99. Drawful 2 joins other Nintendo Switch offerings from Jackbox Games, including The Jackbox Party Packs 2, 3 and 4.

The sequel to Drawful, the beloved game of terrible art, Drawful 2 challenges players to create weird, funny drawings in response to nonsensical prompts. Additional features in the sequel include more prompts than ever before, the ability to share animated GIFs of your creations on social media with the click of a button, and, by popular demand, the option to use a SECOND color in your drawings.

Players can even create custom episodes with their own prompts. Remember that time your buddy kept saying “gravy” in response to literally everything? That’s five prompts worth of material right there. Create custom episodes for special occasions like birthday parties, wedding showers, the birth of your friend’s weird-looking baby and more!

Drawful 2 also includes several new streamer-friendly features. Tame the internet with censoring features that let the VIP (the first player to join) skip drawings or block out answers. Avoid even more risky business by activating the Family Friendly setting. Streamers can also extend timers to ensure the audience watching has as much time as possible to vote or submit their drawings.

Drawful 2 requires a minimum of three players and supports up to eight players, plus an audience of up to 10,000 members.

Drawful 2 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. For the latest from Jackbox Games, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow the studio on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, YouTube and Twitch.

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 JACKFibbage, 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Father’s Day Guide to Surviving the Internet

A Father’s Day Guide to Surviving the Internet

Nothing on the internet is real anymore and that’s great news for your dad! No matter what he wants to believe about the world, a quick search will bring up a dozen articles to support his point of view. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. This weekend, bond with Dad by taking questionably sourced information to the next level with Survive the Internet.

In Survive the Internet, players start by answering opinion-based questions. Those responses are sent to another player that twists their words out of context to create an absurd internet post or comment in the first player’s name. Then everyone votes on who looks the most ridiculous. It’s just like the real internet, but with even less fact checking!

If you’d rather have someone ELSE explain how to play the game to your dad, let our very own Spencer Ham (director of Survive the Internet) explain the game for you:

And like all of our games, you use your phone or tablet as a controller. If you’ve already gone through the painful process of teaching your dad to text, he’s ready to play!

So pick up Survive the Internet and the rest of Jackbox Party Pack 4 on PC or TV-based platforms, and let your dad know you care enough to help him set up his PC or TV-based platform.

Jackbox Party Pack 4 is currently 40% off for Windows and Mac users on Fanatical.  Check it out for yourself & for Dad here. 

Help Us [and maybe WIN STUFF] by Taking the 2018 Jackbox Games Audience Survey!

Help Us [and maybe WIN STUFF] by Taking the 2018 Jackbox Games Audience Survey!

Jackbox Games is asking our prize-worthy fans to participate in a prize-having survey that will help us continue to make games that you love on platforms that you are using.

With just 3 minutes of your time and a submitted survey (which can be found here), you could be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card or one of 10 Jackbox Games download keys.

Here are some things you can’t do in 3 minutes:

  • Drive to a gas station and buy a lottery ticket
  • Fly to Las Vegas and play the slot machines
  • Organize and host a poker night with your most incompetent friends
  • Go to your local sports stadium and wait for them to get to the T-shirt cannon part of the game and then jump up and down wildly in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, they will send one of those bad boys your way

What you can do is click a few buttons, type a few things, and try your luck at becoming $250 richer in Amazon goods. You can buy 6 Amazon Echo Dots with that money. Or, 14 80-count boxes of Glad ForceFlexPlus Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bags to throw your new Echo Dots in when they eventually do something that creeps you out.

The survey is open until June 6th but there’s no better time than the present!  You can find the official sweepstakes rules here. We want to hear about how long you’ve been playing the games, how you feel about them, and what platforms you are using when you play.

We’re grateful for your feedback!  May the odds be ever in your favor.

What to Bring to a Memorial Day BBQ Besides Potato Salad

Anybody can bring potato salad to a Memorial Day BBQ, but if you want to be the hero of the event, then you should arrive with The Jackbox Party Pack 4. Not only does it have five hilarious party games that can be played just about anywhere, but it also contains significantly less mayo.

Face it. You’ve been waiting for the opportunity to solidify your positioning as the person that makes Memorial Day a real shindig. Liz owns Halloween. Hattie owns New Year’s Eve. YOU can own the ever-coveted Memorial Day. Let us help.

First, you’re going to need your iPad. We won’t remind you to charge it beforehand… We trust that you won’t forget. To charge it. Beforehand. Because you know that’s important. You should charge your iPad.

Then head over to the App Store and search for Jackbox Games. Jackbox Party Pack 4 is available to download on your iPad for $24.99. (That’s only 3.5 tubs of Costco potato salad!) .

That’s it. No recipe to follow. No potatoes to dice. No weird smell in your refrigerator for two weeks. Just bring your (CHARGED) iPad with Jackbox Party Pack 4.

If it’s raining on the day of (or your bro with acute hay fever is there), no need to circle around your iPad to play the games. Here’s a quick guide for how to connect your iPad to a  big, beautiful TV.

If you’re worried for the less tech-savvy, we have a great “How to Play” video here to get the ball rolling. Have everyone head to jackbox.tv on their phones, enter the room code for whichever party pack game you start with, then you’re all set.

Don’t have an iPad? Jackbox Party Pack 4 is also available on more platforms than you have fingers for.

Still extremely attached to the idea of potato salad? Potato salad goes bad after sitting out for an hour. Jackbox Party Pack 4 is non-perishable fun that can instantly make your BBQ less awkward.

You Don’t Know Jack is Coming to Jackbox Party Pack 5

You Don’t Know Jack is Coming to Jackbox Party Pack 5

Yes, you read that right, we’re making a new You Don’t Know Jack. If you missed our reveal trailer at C2E2 or PAX East, here it is in all its teasery glory:

We know you probably have a lot of questions, so we’re going to guess what they are and then just answer the easy ones.

Is this the same old You Don’t Know Jack I know and love?
Yes! Cookie returns with all-new twisted trivia questions and the latest in creative insults for you and your fellow players. Fan favorite question types are back, including the DisOrDat and the triumphant return of the Gibberish Question.

But… there’s new stuff too right?
Yes! We didn’t want to do another YDKJ just because we could. We wanted to wait until we had a fresh take on the classic formula. This version sees the game (and Cookie) acquired by the friendly corporate overlords at Binjpipe, your premiere media bingeing streaming service. It’s a big scenery change that’s led us to update the game in really fun ways, and given us a ton of new stuff to make fun of.

I was hoping for a list of easy to digest bullet points?
Okay fine. Here are just a few of the features you can expect in the new You Don’t Know Jack:

  • Eight player support
  • Bigger, crazier Jack Attack
  • New question types
  • Audience integration
  • Brand new fart sounds
  • Streaming features
  • Begrudging meme references
  • New ways to Screw
  • A lot of old fart sounds too
  • More than one Frasier joke for some reason

What if I’ve never played a You Don’t Know Jack game before?
Here’s a quick recap of what you missed in past installments: a lot of questions about The Brady Bunch. Now that you’re caught up, you should be ready to jump into the new game!

Do I use my phone to play? Because I have OPINIONS about that….
Yes, like all of our Party Pack games, you use your phone (or other web-enabled device) as your controller. It’s what lets us support eight players, the audience, and question types with unique interactions. If you’ve played any of our recent games, you’ve probably seen that this works pretty well. If you haven’t, know that we’re designing this You Don’t Know Jack from the ground up with the strengths of phone controllers in mind.

Can I play single-player?
Yes. We’re making a lot of tweaks that we hope will make this YDKJ very accessible to new players, but if you STILL can’t convince your dumb friends to play with you, you can always play with yourself.

Great! When can I play it?
You Don’t Know Jack (full name TBD) will be one of five games included in The Jackbox Party Pack 5, coming Fall 2018 to PC, consoles, and major digital platforms. But, if you can’t wait that long, check out our weekly interactive live streams on Twitch and Youtube. It’s your best chance to see and play our games before anyone else!

Wait, I get You Don’t Know Jack AND four other games??
Yeah and the other games are awesome too. If you want to stay up to date, sign up with your email below, and don’t forget to follow our Twitter and Facebook.