Wrangling the group together to watch a fireworks display can be a grind. You pack a cooler, grab the lawn chairs and blankets, and find the perfect spot to catch all of the action… 5 hours before the fireworks are set to begin. Seriously, the sun is beaming down on you and your favorite booming, sparkly friends are ages away from popping.
What is a party-loving American to do?
We have 3 words for you: Nintendo. Switch. Jackbox.
Okay, maybe more like 8 words: Play Jackbox Party Packs on your Nintendo Switch!
In case you’re still living in 1776, all Jackbox Party Packs (and Drawful 2) are available to download in the Nintendo eShop and play on your Nintendo Switch! We’re on all sorts of digital platforms including Steam for PC/Mac, Xbox One, PS4, and Comcast Xfinity to name a few. But perhaps our most portable platform is the Nintendo Switch, making it a perfect way to keep you from getting annoyed by friends or family while you wait for fireworks.
You know your companions already are glued to their smartphones, so it’s easy for them to join along and play at Jackbox.tv. And, with the Switch propped up on the cooler playing rounds of Quiplash 2, you’re all set.
Some extra star-spangled news:
The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is on sale in the eShop now through June 28th for 40% off. And, for our fans who are slightly less Type A, you’re in luck! The Jackbox Party Packs 2 & 3 will both be on sale beginning the morning of July 4th for 40% off. Rest assured that even if you wait until the last second, you’ll be able to get a great deal on our games.
Not a Nintendo Switch owner? Our games also travel well with a laptop! PC/Mac codes are available for purchase in our store.
It’s our first ever fan spotlight! Every few weeks or so, we’ll feature a Jackbox Games fan that FAN-ed so hard that we consider them family. Meet Ryan “rydash” McGill, longtime mod, playtester, bosom chum, and die-hard Jackbox aficionado.
When did you first hear about and/or play Jackbox Games?
I don’t remember hearing about Jackbox Games (née Jellyvision) so much as I remember them just appearing in my life one day. My brother and I were elementary-school-aged lads, enjoying the luxury of a Home Computer. Just above the sharp metal tower, next to the humming CRT monitor glistening with Windows 95, there I saw it: YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Volume 2. Carefully tucked between copies of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and the Puddle Books’ classic Yolanda Yellsalot, I saw eye to eye with a disembodied corner of a Jack head.
My parents explained this disc contained trivia! But don’t go away just yet, because it was also a game! Kids love games!
Well, my parents quickly realized their mistake once we started playing. A few raunchy questions later, the adults in the room declared us kids could only play when the sound was off; all we’d hear through the speakers was a very faint buzz. Still, two images burned into my brain: a very bald mysterious forehead person, and a tilted purple logo with cursive letters.
YDKJ Vol. 2 sat in a CD-ROM carousel until I rediscovered it a decade later. Only then did I understand why this was kept guarded – and what I was missing out on! Even though I no longer have any CD players (technology, right?), I still keep the disc at my desk at work; it’s a critical part of my origin story, as you’ll hear!
How have Jackbox Games impacted your life?
Like a well-behaved ghost, Jackbox haunted parts of my life without me realizing it. You heard my first YDKJ experience; let’s fast-forward to THE TURN OF THE CENTURY! My AOL browser was pointing to the Pogo.com classic Primetime Pitch, my ill-advised dreams of someday becoming a cartoonist were helped by Disney Magic Artist Studio, and toasters flew across the monitor while I watched the short-lived ABC version of YDKJ hosted by Paul Reubens. Some current Jackboxers helped sculpt all of those experiences in some way!
The ongoing ectoplasm of Jackbox Games also helped me find my career. As my senior year in college was ending, I was thriving on the adrenaline-fueled panic of having no idea what to do after graduation. I remember sitting on my bed and playing the Facebook version of YDKJ, squeezing some last joy out from it just after the announcement that it would be taken down. In that moment, while not realizing that Jackbox Games was a separate business, I thought back to that YDKJ Vol. 2 jewel case and wondered if Jellyvision still existed. Lo and behold, they did! Jellyvision no longer made games, but they still produced interactive conversations and experiences like the ones I’d grown up with.
One surprisingly enjoyable application process and four full years of developing interactive content later, I’m still with Jellyvision! My life would be very different had I not seen their purple speech bubble logo etched into so many YDKJ classic games. Thinking about that too much makes me nauseous, really.
Which is your favorite Jackbox Games title and why?
To keep this interview exciting, I’m not gonna answer YOU DON’T KNOW JACK for every question.
Hold onto your mugs, because my next favorite is Bomb Corp.!
I don’t return to it too often, but I really love the universe that game establishes. It’s full of tension and progression and lovely pixel aesthetics and great chiptunes and oddly well-done characterization and Wednesdays! My recommendation for anyone jumping in is to convince your friends to three-star all the courses. You’ll feel rewarded when you manage to do that! You won’t actually be rewarded, but I think that embodies the truest lesson of any corporation: a job well done is its own reward, especially for the shareholders.
For someone who has never played Jackbox Games before, which game do you recommend starting with and why?
It’s gotta be Quiplash. (Or XL or 2, whichever you have handy.) “Here’s a box, type in words!” are pretty easy instructions to give someone. Then, you get to watch them go from nonsense responses, to creating answers that jive with the prompts, to devolving into absolute filth and/or deadpan honesty that lights up the whole room. It’s like watching an innocent caterpillar morph into the hideous butterfly you always knew they could be.
I’m really glad the rise of the Party Packs created a centralized Jackbox community. The fanart alone is stupendous (check out #JackboxStream on twitter!), and I feel a kinship with the Discord group and the Twitch folks that catch the Party Club livestreams. It’s small enough where you can easily interact with the devs, but large enough for the audience to still sway the outcome of the games. That said, Jackbox folks still tend to win unusually often…
It’s time to take your Jackbox Games fandom to the next level. Since time immemorial, it has been important to us that we create a community where you can play our games with the people that created them (and others that love them), chat with the developers and designers behind your favorite party games, and humor us by watching weird segments that we find funny.
That’s why we produce at least two (sometimes more if we’re feeling nutty) weekly shows featuring Jackbox Games titles and Jackbox Games staff. Get answers to all your questions about this below and then join the party club!
Sometimes I get notifications that Jackbox Games is live. What is happening?
Every week, we stream live to Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and Facebook Live. If you follow or subscribe to us on any of those channels, they should let you know when we’re alive and kicking! Once you receive this notification, visit our channel and BE ENTERTAINED!
What is The Jackbox Party Club?
Our main show happens on Thursdays at 3:30 CT and lasts roughly 60-90 minutes. It’s called The Jackbox Party Club! The Jackbox Party Club is co-hosted by Game Directors Warren Arnold and Ryan DiGiorgi and produced by Marketing Manager Brooke Hofer (the bodiless voice running the sound board).
Every week, we play at least 2 different Jackbox Games titles with fans. We often use this show to share updates about games in development, info on the latest sales, and tease out big announcements. This is also usually the first place you can watch new games be played. Every few weeks, we will review fanart submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #jackboxstream.
We also do weird stuff like create intricate snacks out of whatever we can find in the Jackbox break room fridge. Visit our YouTube channel to watch some of our latest episodes.
How can I receive the code to join a game that is being streamed?
If you want to join a game as a main player on Thursdays, you can only do so by first joining our Discord. We will share the game code in the #general channel of our Discord server before revealing it on the screen. This helps make it fair for those experiencing lag and also helps us manage trolls. Begone, trolls!
Our Discord is also a great place to connect with other Jackbox fans, share more fanart, and find other people to play our games with using the #find-and-join-games channel.
What are TMP Fridays?
Most Fridays at 1:00 CT (if bandwidth allows) we will run unhosted games of Trivia Murder Party and the occasional game of Guesspionage. The room code is shared on the stream (not in Discord) for these games.
Do you do anything else on your channels?
Yes! We will occasionally do special stream events like marathons when a new pack is released, Super Mario Smash Bros. tournaments with Jackbox staff, or some rounds of Dead by Daylight. Most special streams are hosted by Principal Software Engineer, Ben Jacobs! We’ll usually announce these on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook before they occur.
What’s up with The Orb?
The Orb is you. The Orb is me. The Orb doesn’t follow your rules or restrictions.
This blog was written partly because we believe in the power of parties. Especially those parties in which a killer game is played amongst friends imbibing and enjoying delicious treats.
This blog was also written because I am hungry and need to figure out what I’m doing for lunch in a few minutes.
Behold, the Jackbox Games “official” recommendations for which party snack goes best with your favorite gut-busting (albeit, in a different way) party games.
Bidiots + Charcuterie.
Everyone loves a pretend “fancy night” from time to time. For me, this means firing up a game of Bidiots and bidding on terrible and hilarious drawings my friends made on their iPhones. It also means that my charcuterie plate consists of Ritz crackers, sliced up colby jack, and some Craisins for visual effect. I’m from Kansas and I can’t tell you what gruyere tastes like.
Patently Stupid + The Veggie Tray.
Patently Stupid is about solving problems and being better. No snack exemplifies this than the pre-cut, pre-sorted, pre-arranged Veggie Tray with a tub of ranch already waiting for you in the center. The quintessential party go-to that ensures everyone can attempt health while attempting to invent the next big idea. Toby and Lena approve!
Bomb Corp. + Hot Wings.
I think a fun twist on Bomb Corp. could be making the person that screws up the directions eat a wing with sauce that is hotter than they are prepared to handle. Sadly none of my friends have accepted the challenge…yet.
Tee K.O. + A Giant Tub of Cheese Puffs.
Tee K.O. does a brilliant job of giving you time to really invest in the drawings that will soon become your new favorite t-shirt. The true secret to the game is that it also gives you time to EAT. THOSE. SNACKS. If you’re like me, you speed through that smiling hot dog so that you can stuff your face with the best snacks while your friends are distracted. Cheese Puffs are perfect for Tee K.O. because no other game allows you to properly orangify and de-orangify your fingers before you need to start writing slogans again.
You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream + The Slice of Wedding Cake in Your Freezer.
If you’re like me, your freezer is full of healthy frozen meals you can’t bring yourself to eat. However, married or not, we can all agree that nothing says “remember the good times” like a round of the Jackbox Games trivia classic, You Don’t Know Jack. It pulls you right out of a stupor in life just like that defrosted 8-year-old vanilla buttercream slice can pull you out of a marital argument about dishes!
Fibbage 3 + Aunt Louises’s “Orange Dip.”
Is it trying to be a chipotle ranch dip? Is it some sort of queso? Was squeeze cheese involved? No one knows for sure and that vibe pairs perfectly with Fibbage 3. While you ponder the intrigue behind Orange Dip, enjoy the intrigue of pondering the true answer to: “Once a year, the elephants in Vienna’s zoo are allowed to eat ______.”
Split the Room + A Chocolate Fountain.
I feel it is my duty to humanity to use my platform to advocate for chocolate fountains. Nothing transports you into a new dimension like the hilarious hypotheticals of Split the Room in The Jackbox Party Pack 5…. And also a decadent chocolate fountain. You and I both know your friends would audibly squeal if they walked into your party and saw a chocolate fountain with the Split the Room cat looking on in the background. Use your platform!
Word Spud + A Raw Potato.
I realize now that I could either continue on and outline a delicious snack for each of our 28 (excluding classic You Don’t Know Jack) hit party games. Or, I could go eat some lunch and provide my body with the nutrients it craves.
I suggest that I do the latter and you work on the former. Which party snacks are your favorite during a round of Jackbox Games? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
All Jackbox Games are on sale now for Memorial Day Weekend. Visit our shop for deals on Steam codes and visit our Games page for more information on sales happening on other platforms.
This year, Jackbox Games is excited to partner with Red Nose Day USA in support of their tireless efforts to end child poverty. You can catch Red Nose Day and Jackbox Games fun during the first-ever “Nose Bowl” happening this Saturday, May 18th. Fan-favorite influencers and celebs will compete in rounds of Jackbox Games in support of a fantastic cause. Up to 10,000 audience members will be able to play along and influence the games!
For more information on our partnership and the upcoming stream, check out the press release below or visit RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl:
Red Nose Day’s First-Ever ‘Nose Bowl’ Livestream Fundraiser Brings Jack Black, Retta, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey and Popular Influencers Together May 18 to Raise Money for Children in Need
New York, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red Nose Day, the annual campaign to help end child poverty, is kicking off its first annual ‘Nose Bowl’ fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. Livestreamed from Los Angeles, the Nose Bowl will be a star-studded event that gives everyone a chance to participate in real-time – wherever they are.
Celebrities, including popular film star Jack Black (“Jumanji”), Retta (“Good Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”), Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “The Avengers”) and actress Jennifer Grey, will be joining top influencers Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Jacksepticeye (real name: Seán McLoughlin) and more for the event co-hosted by Alanah Pearce and Hayli “HayliNic” Baez. They will all come together with viewers to have fun, raise money and change lives through livestreamed competitions that take gameplay to a whole new level of excitement and engagement.
Whether the celebrities and influencers are doing karaoke battles or facing-off in a game of wits, viewers of the livestream won’t just be sitting on the sidelines watching. They’ll be actively involved in the games, empowered through their own donations to change the course of competitions and outcome of each game. Fans will even have the chance to join Jack Black and Retta in one of ten karaoke battles via Twitch Sings, with the actors personally choosing song submissions from fans for the duets. Celebrity guests and digital stars will also join teams participating in a Jackbox Games competition of robot rap battles in Mad Verse City, and a battle of wits and wackiness in Quiplash 2, both of which allow up to 10,000 viewers to vote and participate.
Watch the Nose Bowl livestream across Red Nose Day’s Twitch, YouTube, Mixer and Facebook channels (@RedNoseDayUSA). Viewers who donate will also have the chance to be rewarded for their generosity, with incentives including Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass tokens and branded swag, as well as access to free movie tickets from Fandango. Special MVP awards will also be given to outstanding livestream donors. For more information about the Nose Bowl livestream and how to participate, go to RedNoseDay.org/NoseBowl.
The Nose Bowl is part of a large-scale, public fundraising effort ahead of Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 23, bringing together millions of Americans to have fun and make a difference for children in need across the U.S. and around the world. Red Nose Day will be celebrated with a three-hour block of primetime television programming on NBC at 8/7c. The campaign’s official Red Noses are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationally.
“Our first ever Nose Bowl livestream fundraiser is a great example of how we are looking to tap into the streaming and gaming communities to engage new supporters,” said Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief USA, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day. “We are so grateful to the incredible talent and influencers who are taking part, and hope Americans across the country will join them to have some fun while raising money that will truly change and save children’s lives.”
The Nose Bowl livestream marks the culmination of a series of individual livestream fundraisers featuring some of the world’s biggest digital stars. Jacksepticeye launched the campaign in April, raising over $100,000 for Red Nose Day in nine hours. That was followed by fundraising streams from Twitch stars Pokimane and Valkyrae, and multiple members of professional esports organization FlyQuest.
In addition to receiving the support of some of the world’s most influential streamers, Red Nose Day is also inviting fans to join their favorite digital stars in hosting their own livestream fundraiser. Supporters can get started by visiting RedNoseDay.org/Livestream.
Red Nose Day has partnered with peer-to-peer fundraising platform Tiltify to drive explosive engagement and donations for this series of events and the Nose Bowl. Purpose-built for live-streaming since 2015, Tiltify is the most effective platform on the market for livestream fundraising campaigns and the only fundraising platform with direct integration with the Twitch platform, allowing streamers to embed Tiltify’s interactive features like milestones, incentives and real-time contribution tallies into their stream pages.
Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million since launching in America in 2015, positively impacting over 16 million children. Money raised supports programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and some of the most underserved communities internationally to ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run in the United States by Comic Relief USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised nearly $150 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and around the world. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Red Nose Day returns for its fifth year on Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information about Red Nose Day USA and its impact, visit www.rednoseday.org. Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Tiltify is the fundraising platform for the digital generation, providing live, interactive telethon-style technology that engages donors to invest in the cause. Tiltify harnesses the power of both traditional fundraising and modern digital livestream engagement with platforms like Twitch and YouTube, enabling any organization to dramatically expand audience reach. Organizations like Direct Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Children, AFSP, Make-A-Wish and hundreds more use Tiltify to engage the Millennial and Gen Z generation for single signature events and large DIY campaigns that launch in minutes. To learn more visit tiltify.com.
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 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.
Quiplash and Quiplash 2 are Jackbox games that allow anyone to become a comedy writer. In Quiplash 2 (included in The Jackbox Party Pack 3) you can even create your ownQuiplash episodes! Both are super fun party games and a constant terrifying reminder to the comedy writers who work at Jackbox that they are easily replaceable.
While some may try to sabotage the competition, this writing staff prefers to set up our successors for success. In doing so, we’ve discovered a few secrets for creating the perfect Quiplash prompt.
Start with funny words
In Quiplash you’re given a prompt such as: “What the boogeyman is afraid of”
Then the players get to create hilarious answers. Now, “Boogey” is an inherently funny word and it may surprise you to learn that the “Boogeyman” is not a real person. By introducing silly phrases, imaginary characters and ridiculous premises, we hope new players understand that their response should be equally whimsical. Adding a funny word also allows us to just crib ideas from old educational textbooks:
“Why the T-Rex had teeny tiny arms”
Reliving past mistakes
Like all writers, the staff at Jackbox Games are tortured individuals who transform our pain into art. For instance, I can take a particularly embarrassing Valentine’s Day memory and turn it into a chance for a group of friends to ponder how it could have gone worse:
“The worst song when stripping for a lover”
As long as you just have to imagine the scenario you can have a good laugh! Instead of defeatedly pulling your suspenders back on while the Baha Men play in the background.
A good Quiplash prompt should work with a variety of audiences, but sometimes we create games for very specific events. For example, the prompts we wrote for our Bachelorette Party edition were designed to create fun inside jokes among a bridal party and to help them plan their evening:
“Best thing to scream out of a moving party bus”
Let’s change the world
Speaking of planning for the future. Quiplash can be more than just a drunken giggle fest, it can be the spark that ignites many intelligent conversations with prompts like:
“The worst thing to say during your Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearing”
“The worst way to spell Mississippi”
As you debate the legal system and the intricacies of the Engish language, you can craft some clever bon mots and look up the meaning of words like “bon mots.”
Stuff about butts
This isn’t so much a tip as just something I noticed going through our past games…
“Rename any famous work of literature so that it is ruined by the word ‘butt’”
“What aliens do the after the anal probe”
“The hit song from the Broadway show Fart: The Musical”
…we refuse to say we’re sorry.
Things we authentically want to know
Finally, when crafting a Quiplash prompt, we writers may just pose questions and premises we sincerely want to know the answers to:
“A great opening line to start a conversation with a stranger at a party”
Of course, Jackbox Games doesn’t record what you type in because the company respects your privacy, but I don’t! Please invite me over to eavesdrop the next time you play Quiplash so I can finally learn: “What are mannequins always thinking?”
This blog goes out to all fans who have a Mac or a PC but have never played a computer game on it. This blog goes out to all fans who look at the list of platforms we’re available on and see a list of names they don’t recognize.
We see you. We’re here to help.
Many people are looking for a nice, portable way to bring our games to a friend’s house. Or, they haven’t played one of our games before and don’t own a gaming console like an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch.
Good news. You don’t NEED one of these platforms. If you have a Mac or PC, you’re good to go once you’ve downloaded a platform called Steam.
What is Steam?
Long story short: Steam is a free software that you download onto your computer to essentially turn it into a gaming console like an Xbox or PlayStation. It takes your drab PC and adds a dash of game spice. (Hmmmm… “Game Spice™”…. We like that.)
Once you have Steam on your PC, Mac, or Linux computer, think of Steam like a free membership service. Through Steam, you have the opportunity to buy and play a ton of games that you couldn’t previously. Steam isn’t the only platform of this nature but it’s one of the main ways people play Jackbox Games.
Your website sells PC/Mac/Linux codes on multiple platforms. What is the difference between them?
You can buy and play our games on PC and Mac on either Steam or in the Epic Store (our games are also available on Linux through Steam).
So you see, a lot of places sell Steam codes (and offer different sales of our games at different times)! Once they’re purchased however, you redeem them once you’re logged into your Steam account.
How do I create an account?
Click here to get started with creating a Steam account using your email address. Once it is created and verified, you’ll be prompted to choose a username and password. After that, you should be logged in!
Once on the home page, look in the upper righthand corner to Install Steam onto your computer. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to purchase, download, and play games.
NOTE: To access your game library on a different computer, simply Install Steam on that computer and log into your account. You will need to re-download the game on that specific computer before playing but you won’t need to repurchase the game to play.
I downloaded Steam. Now what?
Once it’s downloaded and you have Steam open on your computer, click on the “Store” tab in the upper left hand corner to find a game that you want to buy and play. If you purchased a code from a different store selling Steam codes (like our shop or Humble), then click on the “Games” tab in your toolbar and click “Activate a Product on Steam.” Follow the prompts on the screen to enter your code and begin the download process.
Still need a Jackbox game?
You’re almost ready to party now. All that’s missing is the game itself. Use the discount code STEAMBLOG in our shop to get 15% off a Steam code of our games now.
You can also view a complete list of our games available on Steam here. Enjoy!
Did you know? Drawful 2 and Quiplash 2 have a “Make Your Own” mode that allows you to create custom episodes of your favorite party games! But anything involving a wedding means you have a million things on your to-do list. We did the work for you on this one. (We’ll look for our invite in the mail.)
Help your friend celebrate their impending nuptials with these custom Bachelorette party-themed episodes! When you fire up a game, the first player will have the Episodes Menu on their mobile device after entering the room code. Choose to load an episode by ID and use the codes in the image below. Your lobby will change to reflect that the custom episode has loaded. Enjoy!Still need to pick up a copy of the game?
Visit our games page to see all available options and platforms.
Just when you thought the exciting announcements from Jackbox Games were over this week, WE’RE BACK. Watch our teaser video for Everybody Help Grandma, the second game announced in The Jackbox Party Pack 6, featuring the game’s director, Ryan DiGiorgi.