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.
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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?
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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.