Watch the Official Trailer for Mad Verse City

Watch the Official Trailer for Mad Verse City

We’re only one week away from the release of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 on major digital platforms. All week, we’ve been revealing trailers for the individual games in the new pack.

Last but not least, here’s the official trailer for Mad Verse City:

If you’re feeling a sense of melancholy that there aren’t more new trailers in your future, here are a few things you can do to feel better:

  • Pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here. If you pre-order now, you’ll save $5. You’re all set to party on October 17th!
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to learn more about launch updates, streams of The Jackbox Party Pack 5, and giveaways.
  • Join us on October 17th for an extra-long “Launch Day Marathon Stream” of all of the games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. We’re playing the new games from 12noon CT – 7 pm CT. Tune in on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook Live.

Watch the Official Trailer for Zeeple Dome

Watch the Official Trailer for Zeeple Dome

Only a little over a week to go until The Jackbox Party Pack 5 launches on major digital platforms!

We’ve been releasing a trailer for every game in the pack and we’re down to the final two. If you haven’t watched the other trailers for The Jackbox Party Pack 5, it’s time to get caught up:

Here’s the official trailer for Zeeple Dome:

Zeeple Dome and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.

Let us know what you think of this trailer on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram using #jackboxgames!

Watch the Official Trailer for Patently Stupid

In only 11 days, The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be unleashed upon the world and your parties will never be the same. It’s our biggest pack yet and bigger packs require MORE TRAILERS. We’ve already released the following trailers:

Only three more to go. Actually, let’s make that two more to go. Here’s the official trailer for Patently Stupid:

Patently Stupid and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.

Let us know what you think of this trailer on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram using #jackboxgames!

Watch the Official Trailer for YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream

Watch the Official Trailer for YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream

As you may have heard, The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is just too big for one trailer. In order to do it justice, we wanted – nay – needed to create five more. The first trailer released this week was for Split the Room. Without further ado, we present the official trailer for YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream!

YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.

Let us know what you think of this trailer on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram using #jackboxgames!

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Streamer’s Guide

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Streamer’s Guide

Jackbox Games’ library is chocked full of features designed specifically for to enhance your streaming experience. We’ve tried to make these features self-explanatory, but we’ve got some free time, so let’s take a look, shall we?

Before we get into the juicy details, it’s worth pointing out that all of the features are accessible from the Settings menu. Simply toggle on or off the features as you see fit.

So, first up, let’s talk about…

The VIP

Pretty simple. The VIP is the first person to get in the game and the raw, unmitigated responsibility that comes with it is staggering. So, you’ll probably want to be the VIP in most cases.

As the VIP, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Starting the game. On your device, you will have the power to launch into gameplay once all your players are in. This will not be the case, however, if you have “Start From Controller Only” selected, which we will discuss in a moment.
  • Manual Censoring. You’ll have the ability to censor and remove objectionable content from your game experience because sometimes people are terrible. Again, we’ll have more on this topic later on.

Speaking of people, let’s talk about…

The Audience

Most of our games allow your audience to play along and can support up to 10,000 players! Pretty cool, huh?

If you want to include your audience in the game, you’ll need to…

  • Turn on the “Audience” feature in Settings (It’s already on by default).
  • Direct them to go to Jackbox.tv on their device and enter the room code after all players have entered the game or the game has started.

You’ll want to keep that room code hidden until all your players are in if you don’t want audience members jumping into the game. Luckily, we have a feature for that!

Allow Room Code Hiding

Want to hide your room code but still display the lobby? Great! Toggle on the room code hiding option (default is “off”) and your viewers won’t be able to join until you’re ready for them.

But say you want to let some viewers in but you’re afraid of what havoc an anonymous player can wreak? Well, there’s a feature for that!

Require Twitch

Most of our games have a “Require Twitch” option (default “off”) which requires players to log in to Jackbox.tv via Twitch. And voila! Their Twitch username is their in-game name as well.

To do this, click the cog in the upper left corner at Jackbox.tv and selecting “Twitch login.” If you choose to logout, you’ll find that option here as well.

Okay, so that guarantees that nobody will do anything terrible, right? Where have you been living the last couple of years? So, let’s say somebody writes something objectionable in one of your games. That leads us to…

Manual Censoring

In most of our games, the VIP can immediately scrub offensive material using just your device. When censored, the user-generated content on screen will be scribbled out and no longer visible to other players or to the audience.

Hopefully, you have a nice, polite audience and censoring won’t even be necessary. So, are you ready to play now?!

Not quite.

Extended Timers

If you’re streaming to an audience, you already know about a little thing called delay. In order to give your players more time to participate, you’ll most likely want to toggle on the option for extended timers.

Okay, we’re almost there. You’ve got your VIP. You’ve got player after player ready to jump into the game. But what if you want to limit the size of the game to a small group with everyone else going to the audience? We’ve got you covered.

Player Limits – NEW!

Some games work great with up to sixteen players, but maybe you want a more intimate gameplay experience. In The Jackbox Party Pack 5, you can set how many players can jump into the game. This is perfect for games that you might prefer with a smaller group. Plus, you gain control of how much influence you want your community to have on a game.

So, now, finally, you’re ready to start… RIGHT?! Of course not!

Start Game From Controller Only

Consider this option if you want to start the game from the device running the game and not the VIP’s controller. This is helpful if you want to watch the game but still have control. Additionally, it keeps control in your hands if someone accidentally gets the VIP instead of you.

When this feature is active, you’ll see an indicator on the screen telling you to start the game from the console/computer instead of giving that power to the VIP.

That’s it! Learn more about The Jackbox Party Pack 5 and pre-order for PC/Mac/Linux here! The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on PS4 on Tuesday, October 16th. Just 24 hours later, on Wednesday, October 17th, the game will be available on major digital platforms (including Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV/iPad, and more).

Watch the Official Trailer for Split the Room

Watch the Official Trailer for Split the Room

Good news.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 already has one space-crazy trailer. We had so much fun making it that we decided to make FIVE MORE. Each game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is getting its own trailer and first up is Split the Room.

Split the Room and the rest of The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on major digital platforms (including PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV) on Wednesday, October 17th. Save $5 by pre-ordering The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux here.

Let us know what you think of this trailer on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #jackboxgames!

How to Lifehack These Jackbox Halloween Costumes

How to Lifehack These Jackbox Halloween Costumes

It’s the number one trending topic on every social media site: DIY Jackbox costumes. But what’s the OFFICIAL way to make them?

Let us help get you started with a few unique, hilarious, and CHEAP costumes for your upcoming Halloween parties. I have picked some ideas and spent my day in the Jackbox offices creating picture perfect pictures of various Party Pack iconography.

This is more or less closet cosplay, but I’m a theater kid so my closet has bald caps and various capes in it. Also, Jackbox generously gave me $5 to put this blog together. Otherwise, I’m mostly making suggestions as inexpensive and entertaining as the Jackbox games themselves!

This is me “normal” (Mug for scale)

  1. The Jackbox Games Logo

One of the most famous images associated with Jackbox games is a head in a box.

This costume is easy. All you need is a small box and bald head. Boxes can be stolen from your office* and you can achieve a bald head through shaving, having an actual bald head, or letting time take its toll.

I also needed tape because I have sideburns I needed to cover…

 

Needed more tape for sideburns…

This costume is perfect for gaming conventions and/or Halloween screenings of Seven.

  1. Monster Seeking Monster

It a scientific fact** that the average American has at least one monster costume at home. If you’re looking to spice up your vampire, mummy and/or witch costume, might I recommend making them a little…..sexy?

Monster Seeking Monster is a game about creatures of the undead seeking love. It involves lying and subterfuge in order to score points just like traditional dating, but they have secret powers that require careful strategy in order to maneuver. I wanted to replicate the purple skin and enticing mystique of the Monster Seeking Monster vampire:

This is where I use the aforementioned cape and $5 to buy a three-color makeup kit

As you can see, I also printed out some images from the game. Like the heart point icon and some phrases I could attach to my cape. The end result:

Purple? Pink like a bad sunburn? It’s the same thing!

You can screenshot your best lines! Or steal them from more charming people!

This also makes a great couples costume. I am both of these monsters through the magic of photo editing and toilet paper!

  1. Split the Room

Would you like to be dressed to the nines AND ahead of the curve? Why not dress like a character from The Jackbox Party Pack 5?

The Split the Room host is a Halloween Costume with a sense of style, much like the Phantom of the Opera.

You combine a cat costume and a nice suit and you’re there.

I could use a cat mask, but I bought hair gel and a makeup kit and I’m going to use it!

Split the Room is a game about creating difficult decisions. My final costume has generated a image that is even more gut wrenching:

I am available for birthday parties. Terrifying, terrifying birthday parties.

  1. Drawful

Okay….enough beautiful monsters and gruesome cats! It’s time to get silly!!!

Drawful and Drawful 2 are games that provide a prompt and then ask you to draw it to the best of your ability. Halloween provides you a chance to throw a party where every guest gets a Drawful prompt and has to make a costume (possibly right on the spot).

I’m going to ask a coworker for a random prompt and make the costume out of stuff that I find*** around my office. Here’s the prompt: “failing a lie detector” (Full disclosure: this is the second prompt… the first was vampire related because the universe just wants to see me in a cape but I wanted a challenge)

Here are my materials:

If you find typos in this article, it’s because my editor no longer has a mouse.

And the end result:

Ridiculously long fingers are not part of the costume. They are just my cross to bear.

Imagine a party where everybody has to assemble these outfits and everybody had to guess what they are trying to portray. It’s like your Jackbox Party Pack came to life!!*

Got a great Jackbox-y costume? Throughout the month of October, tag us in your pictures on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #JackboxHalloween in your post! And, don’t forget to pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for PC/Mac/Linux OR purchase it upon release on October 17th!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

*Hypothetically

**Wild guess

***Steal. I steal from my place of work.

How to Make Your Wedding-Related Parties Actual Parties with Jackbox Games

How to Make Your Wedding-Related Parties Actual Parties with Jackbox Games

Congrats, you’ve made it through Q3 of wedding season! You may think you’re out of the non-air-conditioned-outdoor-ceremony-in-the-summer woods and you’d be right. However, we’ve almost made it around the horn back to proposal time. You, my friend, are at risk of getting invited to no less than seven engagement parties. And then the couples showers. Before you know it, it’s June and you’ve forgotten which Groom you’re patting on the back!

You need party games in this moment. You don’t have to be stuck in matrimonial monotony! You have a duty to yourself and to other wedding attendees to slowly infiltrate the wedding planning process with digital party games, available on multiple platforms that use mobile devices as controllers!

(If you’re not familiar with how our games are played, we recommend watching this quick video first!)

Here are a few different wedding scenarios, vastly improved by a dose of Jackbox Games:

Engagement Parties: Engagement parties are basically normal parties but with one huddle up where the couple tells the proposal story and thanks everyone for coming. Before the father of the bride or the intoxicated best-man-to-be launches into an awkward preview of their wedding toast, it’s the PERFECT TIME to play a Quiplash 2 round, customized to the couple! Here’s a guide to creating custom episodes of our games.

Wedding Shower: The “Who Has the Most Stuff in Their Purse” scavenger hunt game is an old and semi-awkward favorite, but you know what else is an old favorite? Good old-fashioned trivia. Please crowds of all ages with a round of Fibbage 3 or You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream (coming soon in The Jackbox Party Pack 5) instead! You get an excuse to be on your phone and Aunt Maude gets an excuse to show everyone how smart she really is.

Bachelor or Bachelorette Party: Did you know you can create custom episodes of Drawful 2? The game where players receive a nonsensical prompt and then have to draw out their best interpretation of it? Yes, you can put in any prompt you want. Someone has to draw it. And then everyone else has to guess what it is. We’ll just leave this section header and this description here to do what you will with it. (Drawful 2 custom episodes work in the same way Quiplash 2 custom episodes work!)

Rehearsal Dinners: Weddings are about families coming together and nothing bonds two groups together like a rap battle with robots using text-to-speech! In Mad Verse City, from The Jackbox Party Pack 5, even bland verses are funny when performed in text-to-speech. Heck, why not use this as a testing ground for wedding toast jokes before reception night?

We’ve given you the tools, Wedding Participant! Now get some Jackbox Games, get out there and infiltrate help! Weddings are all about planning ahead, so pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 today for your PC/Mac now ahead of its October 17th release.

The Countdown is On! Here’s the Trailer and Release Dates for The Jackbox Party Pack 5!

You asked once! You asked twice! Then you lost interest for awhile! Then you asked 135,412 more times! Finally, we can share the info you’ve been waiting for.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be released on Tuesday, October 16th for PS4. Just a short 24 hours later on Wednesday, October 17th, it will be available on all platforms, including Xbox, Steam (PC/Mac), Nintendo Switch, Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV and Mac App/iPad. Just in time for your ill-advised Halloween shenanigans!

Don’t rely on your already over-stuffed brain to remember these dates! Pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 right now for your PC/Mac on our website here. We’ll notify you when your Steam code is redeemable upon the game’s release!

Still not totally sure what the The Jackbox Party Pack 5’s deal is? Let this brand-new official trailer explain:

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Unless you hate it!

You Can Now Pre-Order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for your PC/Mac!

You Can Now Pre-Order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 for your PC/Mac!

Good News! For the first time ever, if you live in the United States, you can pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Steam codes right here on the Jackbox Games website! Steam codes can be redeemed and played on your PC or Mac when the game launches in October.

First, you will need to visit our official shop to make your purchase. Then, check your email to receive your Steam code and instructions for how to redeem it when the game officially launches!

Why you should pre-order The Jackbox Party Pack 5:

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be available with a pre-order discount. Get the game for $24.99 instead of the full price of $29.99 when the game launches.
  • Don’t worry about missing the official launch date. You’ll get reminders from us!
  • Lock in your Halloween party plans with 5 amazing new party games!
  • Start your holiday shopping early. Pre-ordered Steam codes will be active in time for the holidays and can easily be shared with family and friends when gifting the game.

NOTE: When you make a pre-order purchase, you will be emailed when the game officially launches in October with a reminder to redeem your code and start playing. Pre-orders are only available as Steam codes and not available on other digital platforms. The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will be available on other platforms, including PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, when the game officially launches.