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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Did you like the panel art on our control room?
The stage in all of its glory.
Working hard in the control room!
Thanks to our friend, CityofStad, for hosting one of our panels!
Looking at very important and serious things in the control room.
Havok, iambrandon, and Zotbot on the Jackbox Games stage.
Thanks to everyone that played along with us at Jackbox.tv!
Prepping sick Mad Verse City verses.
The Jackbox crew starting the stream on Day 2.
Work hard, eat hard.
Kate Stark, therealguyjudge and JaXboxChick joined us on Day 3!
Thanks to Team Catalyst for being our final panel and for destroying each other in Mad Verse City for our entertainment!
The final hour of streaming with the Jackbox crew.
Our stream ended on this screen. Thanks for the memories, TwitchCon!
You can watch all of our streams from TwitchCon 2018 on our Twitch channel.
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.
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!
CHICAGO – Oct. 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.
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!
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!
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?)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.