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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Here at Jackbox games, we try to be unpredictable. Sure, every entry in our critically-acclaimed series of party game collections has included the words “The Jackbox Party Pack,” but each one has a completely different number at the end. So, when we decided to make a new one this year, we rolled our twenty-sided die as usual. It landed on two, but we did that one already. So, after nine more re-rolls, we are excited to announce The Jackbox Party Pack 4, coming to major digital marketplaces this Fall!
And, as you might have guessed from that logo up there, the first game in the pack is Fibbage 3. If you’ve played the prequels, you’ll know the joy of fooling your friends with your clever lies, while hunting for the real answers to ridiculous trivia questions. And if you haven’t, there’s plenty of time! The new one won’t be out for months!
It’ll look something like this, but it’s a work-in-progress so don’t hold us to it! Just back off, okay?!?!
Especially eagle-eyed fans might notice that there are 10 choices in that screenshot, rather than the traditional max of nine. That’s because this time around, the audience gets to join the fun by voting on their own decoy lies, and guessing the truth along with the players. Now, fooling the audience can really boost your score, so make sure to get as many gullible people as possible to join!
There’s a lot more to say about Fibbage 3 and JPP4, but that’s all we can reveal right now. Stay tuned to the blog, and follow us on Twitter and Twitch for more info!
We are excited to announce that we are bringing The Jackbox Party Pack 3 to Nintendo Switch™. There’s obviously a lot we don’t know yet, but I’ll answer some of your questions — both real, and imaginary — right here.
When is the game coming out?
We don’t have a release date yet, but we are planning to be in the launch window — a purposefully vague term the game industry made up. As soon as we have an exact date, we will let everyone know.
Do players still use phones as controllers?
Yes! Just like on other platforms, you will use your phone or tablet as a controller to play the games by going to http://jackbox.tv.
Do you need an Internet connection to play?
Yes. Even though the Nintendo Switch is portable, you’ll still need to be on WiFi to play The Jackbox Party Pack 3. Luckily lots of places have free WiFi these days — bars, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, some fancy vans… my friend’s kids’ treehouse. In addition, if you find yourself wanting to play during a pickup basketball game or impromptu rooftop party, we’ve tested the game using a 4G phone as a wifi hotspot while still using that phone as a controller and everything runs fine. It doesn’t even use that much data. (I wonder if it works on airplane WiFi. Hmm. Something to test.)
Are your other games coming to Nintendo Switch?
We gotta get The Jackbox Party Pack 3 out first, but we’re not against the idea!
Can I have ice cream now?
Yes. Now you can have some ice cream.
This Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day, and to honor these brave men and women we’ll be teaming up with the good folks at Iron Galaxy to do a really fun charity stream.
We’re raising money for Stack-Up, a charity that supports Veteran and Active Duty military through gaming. Watch us go head-to-head against Iron Galaxy in games like Red Faction, Rocket League, Mario Kart, and, if we’re getting our butt kicked, The Jackbox Party Pack 1-3.
Here are the details:
When: Friday, November 11 from 16:00 – 24:00 (CST)
Where: Our campaign page
We hope you’ll tune in and donate to this great cause! At ease.
Hey, you know Quiplash 2 has a User Generated Content feature, right? You can now make custom Quiplash 2 episodes for your family/friends/biker gang!
We’ve had a few people reach out to us wanting to know the secrets to writing a good Quiplash prompt. Great question (unless it’s the one thing you ask the old, wise man on top of the mountain).
Fear not. My fellow Jackbox writers and I are here for you because not only are we very, very funny BUT we’re also humble… and eager to help.
So here are some things to keep in mind:
Think Ahead: If you can’t think of a good answer to your own prompt, then it’s probably not going to be a very good. Make sure your prompt lends itself to a lot of quick ideas. Your main focus is the set-up. It’s like
volleyball Quidditch. Your job is to simply give the Quaffle to the Chaser. Which brings me to…
Know Your Audience: Are you and your friends into an obscure TV show? Then definitely write a prompt about it, but maybe don’t use it when playing with your aunt and uncle (they only set their DVR to record Bones). Definitely use any inside jokes you have with the particular group you’re playing with (e.g. “Why mom won’t let anybody else make the green bean casserole”) but make sure it’s a collective inside joke. If you’re alienating even 1-2 people, the game is a lot less fun.
Specificity is 78.4% of It: Be specific whenever possible. “The title of an erotic movie” is a vague/bad prompt, but “The title of an erotic movie for elephants” is next-level, Nobel Prize in Literature-quality stuff. However, don’t go overboard with your specificity. “The title of a 1940’s erotic film for elephants at the St. Louis Zoo” is way too much info to process. Find the right balance.
Variety is King: Both in regards to structure and types of jokes you’re generating. Don’t just write fill-in-the blanks–mix it up with prompts in the form of questions and statements. Also, don’t set-up people with the same type of joke each time. Puns are great, sure, but also throw in some prompts that direct people to write phrases, questions, objects, etc.
Don’t Overthink It: It’s not rocket surgery. Spend a little bit of time on how you want to frame your idea, but don’t labor over it. After all, it’s supposed to be fun!
Now go out there and write some _____ prompts!
A lot of people ask us here at Jackbox Games “What is the hardest part of making a game?” Most of the time, we just ignore that question and the person who asked it and drive away in our diamond-studded limousine. But this time, it was our limousine driver doing the asking, so we decided to put our minds to it as the diamond-studded locks clunked shut and he gave an ominous laugh.
As soon as we tired ourselves out from kicking at the windows and drinking all the Yoo-hoo in the mini-bar, we thought long and hard and the answer to his question came to us: picking the perfect release date! Sure, there’s art, programming and when we feel like it, writing, but you GOTTA nail that tricky release date. That’s why we thought even longer and harder and came up with a winner; October 18, 2016!
What a perfect date! It’s right before all the big, party holidays. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the two-year anniversary of Ariana Grande licking that donut, and we want to be there when you celebrate.
And celebrate you shall! We have some amazing games in this Party Pack that we’ve all fallen in good, clean love with: there’s Trivia Murder Party, a trivia game hosted by a serial killer, Guesspionage, a polling game based on answers from the public, Tee K.O., where you battle your witty T-shirts and slogans, Fakin’ It, where one of your friends is a dirty liar and you have to catch them and finally, Quiplash 2, the sequel to our big, hit game… Uh, I forget what it was called. Wait, I have it tattooed on my hip. Tweety Bird! Nope, wrong hip. Quiplash! That’s it!
But that’s not all. We’ve added new features that let you deal with those jerks we call trolls. Our new censor features let you boot those guys the second they get all obnoxious. And believe me, they WILL get obnoxious.
If you really want to see how awesome our new games are, check out some of our gameplay videos from TwitchCon: Jackbox Games Videos
Now, who knows how to break out of a limousine doing 80mph down the Dan Ryan, driven by a cackling maniac? Or at least, can someone bring us more Yoo-hoo?