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.

The Road to TwitchCon: The Road to Tracksuits

The Road to TwitchCon: The Road to Tracksuits

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending TwitchCon this year in sunny Long Beach, CA from October 20-22!

Hey, won’t The Jackbox Party Pack 4 be out by then? YES! It’s shaping up to be a very exciting and busy month for us.

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!

 

Breaking: The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Launching the Week of October 17

Breaking: The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Launching the Week of October 17

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.

For the latest from Jackbox Games, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow the studio on Facebook, Twitter 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 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.

Here it is: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Here it is: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

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 the Fifth Game in The Jackbox Party Pack 4

“Bracketeering” is the Fifth Game in The Jackbox Party Pack 4

The Jackbox Party Pack 4, set to “drop” this fall, was already shaping up to be our best collection of party games yet, with the announcements of Fibbage 3 (with special game within a game Enough About You), Survive the Internet, Monster Seeking Monster and Civic Doodle, but now we’re ready to talk about the final gut-busting addition to Party Pack 4: Bracketeering!

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)

 

“Civic Doodle” is the Fourth Game in The Jackbox Party Pack 4

“Civic Doodle” is the Fourth Game in The Jackbox Party Pack 4

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 mode Fibbage: 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.

The Jackbox Party Packs 1 & 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch™ on August 17

The Jackbox Party Packs 1 & 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch™ on August 17

After releasing The Jackbox Party Pack 3 on Nintendo Switch™ many of our fans asked when The Jackbox Party Pack and The Jackbox Party Pack 2 would be coming to the platform. Unfortunately, since it is corporate policy to immediately burn all of the source code and assets for a game as soon as it is released, we had to make everything again from scratch.

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.

Note to self: Maybe we shouldn’t burn everything.

Note to self #2: Nah. It’s fine.

Announcing Game Three of PP4: “Monster Seeking Monster”

Announcing Game Three of PP4: “Monster Seeking Monster”

We’ve already announced Fibbage 3 (and it’s wonderfully personalized game within a game Enough About You) for this fall’s Jackbox Party Pack 4, as well as the delightfully devious Survive the Internet. Now we’re excited to announce the third game in the Pack, Monster Seeking Monster!

Monster Seeking Monster is a dating-themed party game where players send each other secret messages trying to set up dates, and then find out who dated who… and who betrayed who.

Did we mention you’re also all secretly monsters with different hidden powers? Maybe you get extra points for spreading vampirism. Maybe you gain or lose points depending on whether you date during a full moon. Or maybe, just maybe… you’re the scariest thing of all… a ventriloquist puppet.

Monster Seeking Monster is full of surprises and pushes our “easy-to-use phone-as-controller” technology further than we’ve ever pushed it before. But at its heart, it’s our latest excuse for players to type funny things on their phones in an attempt to make their friends laugh. Or to get an Audience of up to 10,000 people to laugh. An Audience of 10,000 that’s playing along… trying to get their own dates. Heck, the Audience could even beat everybody and win the game.

But hey, that’s love. It’s weird.

Announcing Game Two of PP4: “Survive the Internet”

Announcing Game Two of PP4: “Survive the Internet”

Yes, that’s one of the four brand new games that will be in The Jackbox Party Pack 4! (Oh, yeah, in case you missed it, we announced that in addition to Fibbage 3 there will be four brand new titles in Party Pack 4.)

All right, I’ll take the bait: What is Survive the Internet? It’s a user-generated comedy game where you twist your friends’ opinions in a myriad of hilarious ways! As the name suggests, all of this action takes place in our version of the internet.

But isn’t the internet just a fad? Will people understand this cyber world you’ve created? After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in research, we’ve discovered that most people are familiar with the internet, so we don’t expect there to be much of a learning curve.

How does it work? During each round of play, everybody gets a different prompt that asks a simple, opinion-based question like, “How do you feel about Fidget Cubes?” If Fidget Cube enthusiast and meeting-disruptor Arnie Niekamp were to get this prompt, he’d probably respond with, “I’m addicted to them!”

That response is then randomly sent to another player—let’s say… me. My objective is to take his quote out of context in the funniest way imaginable. Suppose we’re on a social media site (one of the many sites in the game). I would need to come up with a hashtag to follow “I’m addicted to them!” Being an extremely clever person, I would enter #Swirlies. So now it looks like Arnie, that putz, made a social media post saying, “I’m addicted to them! #Swirlies”

Everybody then votes on who comes out looking the most ridiculous. People would of course vote for Arnie—meaning I, the twist-writer, would be rewarded with some sweet, sweet points. But Arnie wouldn’t leave that round empty-handed. He would get some pity points for sacrificing his image. The player with the most points at the end of the game “survives.”

As fun as it is to read a long post about how a new game works, it’s even more enjoyable to play/watch it firsthand, so check out our Twitch or YouTube stream this Thursday (6/29 @ 6 PM CT) and watch us debut our new internet game, Survive the Internet… on the internet!

Introducing “Fibbage: Enough About You”

Introducing “Fibbage: Enough About You”

Remember when we announced Fibbage 3 as part of the upcoming Jackbox Party Pack 4? That’s still happening! And today we’re revealing the coolest new feature of Fibbage 3, which we’re calling Fibbage: Enough About You.

What the heck is Enough About You? It’s a whole new game mode where all the questions are about you and your fellow players. For example, let’s say I’m playing with noted internet celebrity, Warren Arnold. Warren gets a prompt at the beginning of the game that asks “What’s a movie you know is terrible but still secretly love?” Warren types in his honest answer: Ice Age: Collision Course.

Later in the game, we get the question: “A movie WARREN knows is terrible, but still secretly loves is ______.” From here, it works just like regular Fibbage. I, of course, know that Warren loves Ice Age: Collision Course, but to throw off the other players, I enter my lie: American Pie Presents: Beta House. Players get points for guessing the truth, and for fooling others with their lies about Warren’s dumb taste in movies. And Warren gets a “Reputation Bonus” for each player that knows him well enough to get the right answer.

It all culminates in a rapid-fire final round where everyone enters one truth and one lie about themselves. Fooling players (and the audience) with your lie is worth major points. It’s fun! And you might just learn something about your friends along the way. Unless you play with Warren. Ugh. So predictable. I’M NOT WATCHING ICE AGE WITH YOU, OKAY, WARREN???

Even though Enough About You is basically an entire game on its own, it’s still part of Fibbage 3. It’s almost like you’re getting six games in this year’s Party Pack. And I’ll go ahead and reveal that Fibbage is the only sequel in the pack. That means we’ve still got four brand new games to announce in The Jackbox Party Pack 4. We’ll have more to say soon. Stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook, and watch us live every week on Twitch and YouTube to get more sneak peeks!