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!

The Perfect Jackbox Party Game for your Zodiac Sign

The Perfect Jackbox Party Game for your Zodiac Sign

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.

Libra – You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream

You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream can be played as a one-player game, so Libras may continue their lives of isolation.

Scorpio – Drawful/Drawful 2

I played Drawful with 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 Stupid in the next 48 hours, you will doom your life and become unappealing to all potential friends/suitors.

How to Give the Gift of Jackbox Games This Holiday Season

How to Give the Gift of Jackbox Games This Holiday Season

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.

The Jackbox Games Black Friday Sale Guide

The Jackbox Games Black Friday Sale Guide

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.

PlayStation 4

November 16th – November 27th

 

Xbox One

November 15th – November 26th

 

Nintendo Switch

November 15th – November 29th

November 22nd – November 27th

November 22nd – November 29th

 

PC/Mac/Linux

JackboxGames.com Sale, November 15th – 27th

Humble Store Sale, November 15th – 27th

Steam Autumn Sale, November 21st – 27th

Fanatical, November 19th – 29th

Chrono.gg Sale

Amazon Fire TV

November 21st – 27th

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the latest updates on discounts of our games.

Why Your Thanksgiving Dinner Needs A Rap Battle Tournament

Why Your Thanksgiving Dinner Needs A Rap Battle Tournament

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.

It’s time for a family-wide Mad Verse City tournament.

What’s Mad Verse City?

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.

Suggested Prizes

  • 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!

The Best Party Pack 5 Game for Your Friendsgiving

The Best Party Pack 5 Game for Your Friendsgiving

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:

The Coworkers-giving

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.

Play: Mad Verse City

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.

Play: YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream

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.

Play: Split the Room

Why: This game is all about, well, “splitting the room.” See how well you can get the room to debate some weird and silly hypothetical situations.  

The Goofy Friendsgiving

You might find yourself surrounded by a bunch of extroverts this Friendsgiving. If that sounds exhausting, fret not. There’s a perfect game to play with your cast of artistic goofballs.

Play: Patently Stupid

Why: Because of its immense creative freedom, you can really let your performance side shine. Sell your idea harder than your monologue from Into the Woods.

The Friends-With Kids-giving

You might be in your 30s–hey, it happens. In which case, you’re probably at a Friendsgiving with some adorable children. If you need a super kid-friendly game, we’ve got just the thing.

Play: Zeeple Dome

Why: Because flinging yourself at space monsters puts kids and adults on the same level.

Happy Friendsgiving! (Whatever that may be for you!)

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is now available on major digital platforms. Pick up a copy to play with your friends today!

 

Our Favorite Pics from TwitchCon 2018

Our Favorite Pics from TwitchCon 2018

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:

You can watch all of our streams from TwitchCon 2018 on our Twitch channel.

 

Check Out Our Jackbox Games Stage Schedule for TwitchCon 2018!

Check Out Our Jackbox Games Stage Schedule for TwitchCon 2018!

Have you heard? Just like in prior years, we’ll be back at TwitchCon in full force. Join us at the Jackbox Games stage (Booth 832) in the Expo Hall anytime between 10 AM – 6 PM PST on Friday, October 26th, Saturday, October 27th, and Sunday, October 28th.

We’ll be playing new games from The Jackbox Party Pack 5 with some of your favorite streamers!

Friday

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST: AlissaTV, Grimecraft, JustinRojas, Zombiunicorn, K4iley

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST: hgeezy, KatiePetersPlays, RayforRachel, JessPlayin, BlossomingSun

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST: IamBrandon, Havok, & more!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST: hugzie, Carize, Mdee14, silkyc, kessel_ runs

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST: TheGameDocs, Leshkee, Kaciedilla, Ty4x4

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST: Cosplaydiver, Muartbla, Nickeedee, Paulakoalaa, TheFamous, Euroeclipse

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST: Sweetielise, MerlClick, AuroraPeachy, BogOtter

Saturday

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST: StephofAnime, Jimothyz, Kiraeyl, Shado_Temple, TwistyKris

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST: Kasperr, Derpchu

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST: RoseRainblood, MiniKitty, ZillaNoises, Nightlyght, NerdyNetty

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST: Hikomarukun, AdoboRel, RealNerdsRealTalk, Chaos_Pwnerkills, XanderInvictus, Serephita

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST: DanieltheDemon, DeejaKnight, BadnewsBaron, MiketheBard, Smashley

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST: MsAshRocks, TheOJBojangles, KaitiePlays, Nickeedee, ABritoArt

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST: justEveris, Erik_da_nerd, Supascury, Clovy, Kaiydence

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST: QuinnBenet, eldirtysquirrel, MadameGandalf, LillyVinnily, GamrEnchantment

Sunday

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST: Kate Stark & friends!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST: SenzuFrijole, MajicZenith, Bryanthepirate, GamerHaze84, CosplayDiver

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST: lanydelray, Hugzie, litbynight56, Evraee, thisismerete

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST: MegKaylee, Rynn, ImperialGrrl, Kintinue, littlesiha

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST: DJTechLive, Lowco, Fhaelin, Bloodyfaster, LucidFoxx

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST: The Jackbox Games “Sunday Blursday” Hour with Warren, Ryan, Brooke, and more!

Not attending TwitchCon this year? We’ll be streaming from our stage throughout the event. Follow us on Twitch to be notified when we go live. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram pages for behind the scenes pics and updates from TwitchCon 2018!

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Launches On PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC/Mac/Linux And More

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Launches On PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC/Mac/Linux And More

CHICAGOOct. 17, 2018 – Jackbox Games has officially released The Jackbox Party Pack 5. This newest, most irreverent package of off-the-wall party games is available today for $29.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC, Mac and Linux, Comcast’s Xfinity X1, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

The powers of five new party games combine to form one mega party game extravaganza in The Jackbox Party Pack 5:

  • YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream: The classic pop-culture trivia mash-up returns, full of wild new surprises (1-8 players)!
  • Split the Room: Create strange and divisive hypothetical situations in this wacky what-if game (3-8 Players)!
  • Mad Verse City: The lyric-writing game that lets you channel your inner MC as a rap battling robot (3-8 players)!
  • Patently Stupid: Create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems in this new competitive drawing game (3-8 players)!
  • Zeeple Dome: Fling yourself at bloodthirsty aliens to win millions of Zubabucks in the deadliest game show in the Crab Nebula (1-6 players)!

Games in The Jackbox Party Pack series support phones, tablets and computers as controllers. Just go to Jackbox.tv on your device and enter the room code to play. Up to 10,000 additional audience members can join specific games to affect their final outcome. Other options like extended timers, manual censoring and family-friendly modes make it easy for families and streamers to host the perfect party.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. For more from Jackbox Games, visit www.jackboxgames.com, and follow the studio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch.

Play These Jackbox Games on Halloween… If You Dare

Play These Jackbox Games on Halloween… If You Dare

Oh, hello! Your car couldn’t have broken down in a more fortuitous spot. I mean, what are the chances it would happen over these road spikes outside my house? I was hoping to get a few more guests for this night of Jackbox party games! It must be fate!

*Thunder Crash*

Quick, come in from the rain! The storm is supposed to last for hours and there are so many spooky and delightful games we can play.

*Sound of Creaky Door Opening*

One does not need a cavernous mansion like mine in order to create a chilling eve of ghoulish giggles and horrific puns. All you need is Jackbox Games and a strong stomach (because of the sheer number of belly laughs)! Haha what?! NO, that’s not a corpse in the corner! Quick, look at these games on the TV screen!

  1. Trivia Murder Party

This terrifying trivia game is hosted by a deranged serial killer—which is definitely not a role I can relate to whatsoever.

You are a kidnapped contestant who’s forced to participate in a sick and demented game show. In order to survive, you’ll have to demonstrate both book smarts and street smarts. If you get a question wrong, you are dragged to the Killing Floor, where you fight for survival in a variety of cutthroat mini games.

The action culminates with an intense race to escape. Can you get out alive? There’s only one way to find out… (By playing the game. Sorry, was that not obvious?)

  1. Split The Room

What’s scarier than being chained up in a dungeon? Being stuck in a nebulous void.

In this game of bizarre hypothetical scenarios, you create unworldly situations with the goal of splitting the room’s response. You hold the power as your force your opponents to play out terrifying (but amusing) scenes.

Anything is possible in this multidimensional party game; it’s only limited by your creativity. And isn’t your imagination the scariest place of all?

  1. Monster Seeking Monster

This party game combines two of the scariest things in the world: monsters and online dating.

Monster Seeking Monster is a strategy game where you try to woo your fellow creatures of the night via text messages. But be careful who you date. Every monster has secret skills that can harm your chances of winning.

Let’s just hope your romantic messages are enough to make an invisible person visibly blush.

  1. Custom Drawful 2/Quiplash 2

Sure, these Jackbox staples might not seem like the spookiest games on the surface, but you clearly haven’t played them with user-generated content!

*Bigger Thunder Clash*

Use these codes to access custom Halloween episodes of Quiplash 2 and Drawful 2!

Yes, you have the ability to create Halloween-inspired prompts for both of these games! For example, what would be your Quiplash 2 response to the prompt: “Worst thing to say while stuck in some creepy guy’s mansion”? Or how would you draw something like, “Guest unable to leave some creepy guy’s mansion”?

….both of those prompts are a little bit sinister, but very relevant to your current situation.

*Sound of Door Locking*

Pick up one of these games to enjoy during your Halloween party now. And don’t forget to purchase The Jackbox Party Pack 5 when it is released on all major digital platforms on October 17th!