How to Play Jackbox Games Without Being Near Any Gross Breathing Humans

How to Play Jackbox Games Without Being Near Any Gross Breathing Humans

Want to stay in your Eeyore pajama pants all Saturday without judgement?  Are you and your friends about to move to different cities? Want to replace your weekly calls home to Mom & Dad with a wholesome family game of Trivia Murder Party?

If your answer is “maybe yes” to any of the above, then you have found the right blog post! Jackbox Games don’t use online matchmaking, but there are several ways you can play with others in remote locations. Here are a few options to consider when you’re looking to play Fibbage from afar:

Option #1: Play with Your Friends

If you feel pretty confident about you and your fellow players’ internet connection, just hop on a video chat service like Discord, Skype, or Google Hangouts. Each of these tools has screen sharing features that will let you show other players the game screen. When playing this way, we recommend wired internet connections when possible!

Option #2: Play with Anyone

If you want to open your game up to the public, using a streaming service like Twitch or YouTube is your best bet. These services allow you to broadcast your screen and easily share a link with remote players to watch, join, and play along. We stream our games every Thursday at 3:30CT. You can watch an example of how this works here.

In order to do this, you will need broadcasting software. Open Broadcasting Software Studio is free and integrates easily with YouTube and Twitch.

Additional Instructions: How to start streaming on Twitch

Additional Instructions: How to start streaming on YouTube

With either of these services, we recommend using low latency settings. This will ensure that everyone is experiencing the game as close to “real time” as possible. We wrote a blog about how to set this up that can be found here.

Many of our games have extended timer options that can be selected in the game’s settings to give remote players more time to answer. You can still play with friends this way too, we just recommend hiding the game lobby screen and sending the room code that players will use to join (on their phones at Jackbox.tv) via private message.

Never again will you have to wait for game night or family get-togethers to share a few laughs!

The Jackbox Party Bundle is on sale now! Stock up on party games to play with friend in-person or remotely at an insanely low price.  Unlock multiple games for your PC/Mac now.

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is on Sale Now!

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is on Sale Now!

Through August 28th, unlock multiple Jackbox Games for your PC/Mac at a discounted price through Humble Bundle! Purchased games will be available to download through Steam.

We are proud to be partnering with Humble so that a portion of proceeds from your purchase will go toward supporting Humble Bundle’s featured charity of the month. Or, you can choose from thousands of charitable organizations in the Humble database. Name your price and increase your contribution to unlock more games.

A contribution of $1 or more unlocks Quiplash, Fibbage XL, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 1 XL and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 2.

A contribution of more than $6 unlocks The Jackbox Party Pack, The Jackbox Party Pack 2, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 3 and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Vol. 4 The Ride.

And, you can pay $12 or more to unlock Drawful 2 and The Jackbox Party Pack 3.

Get these games in your party rotation ahead of school starting, Labor Day BBQs, and The Jackbox Party Pack 5 launch later this fall!

Announcing Game Four of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Patently Stupid”

Announcing Game Four of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Patently Stupid”

Have you ever dreamed of being a millionaire? Well, maybe Patently Stupid can put you on the road to riches! (It can’t.)

Join your seminar hosts Toby and Lena as they guide you through the world of invention and finance. Each seminar attendee creates a bizarre problem that another attendee is tasked with solving. Attendees must act fast to name and draw their innovative solution. And to top it off, each attendee presents their idea to the group to obtain the funding to make their dreams come true! Yay! Public speaking!

So, get your inventing caps out everybody and create some unique solutions to some truly bizarre problems!

Want to get an early sneak peek and maybe play along? Join us for our weekly stream on Thursday, August 9 at 3:30 CT! We’ll be broadcasting to our channels on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer and Facebook Live. And, watch our exclusive first look at the game with Game Informer here.

Patently Stupid joins the other announced games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5 including YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream, Split the Room, and Mad Verse City. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all of the latest updates on The Jackbox Party Pack 5. Game five will be announced soon!

Our Favorite YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Commercials

Our Favorite YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Commercials

The release of the latest iteration of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is just around the corner, and with it comes a legion of new commercials for you to love and cherish! While we tie up loose ends for the new game (coming soon in The Jackbox Party Pack 5), we thought we’d share which ones are our favorites from You Don’t Hear Jack Vol. 2. Click here to listen to each one!

Don’t Say Pajamas! (#3)

“To me, Don’t Say Pajamas! is a perfect example of a YDKJ commercial. It’s got a ridiculous premise, lots of sound effects, and a great punchline. And the host is named Terry St. Pancakes for no reason at all. What more could you want?” – Ryan DiGiorgi, Game Director/Editor

Carpet: The Musical (#5)

“I love this one. It seems like it was written for Tim Sniffen and Steve(o) Heinrich, because… I guess it was. My favorite part is “…the highs, and lows of Carpet…” because it sounds like Steveo is literally choking on shag carpet by the end.” – Allard Laban, Chief Creative Officer

Vance VanVan’s Van Lot (#6)

“It’s impossible to pick my “favorite” commercial, so I’ll just pick “a” favorite: Vance Van Van’s Van Lot. The drawn-out pacing, Arnie Niekamp’s hilarious read, the slow blues music in the background – it’s all chef-kiss perfect.

I found the email where Arnie sent me the initial script and he had it pretty much exactly like the finished commercial but it didn’t really have an ending. I replied, “It’d be great to work in something like, ‘And remember, if Vance VanVan’s Van lot’s a-rockin’, be sure to stop in… and buy a van.” He added that and then added “… from me… Vance VanVan,” which just made it 100 times funnier. Also of note, my youngest kid, who was eight at the time, read the line “Hey Vance, what’s that weird burning smell?”” – Andy Poland, VP of Audio and Editorial

John Taylor’s Suit Emporium (#14)

“This commercial parody always made me laugh. A great premise that just keeps topping itself. No matter how many times I listen to it, I still can’t do the math and figure out how the deal works.” – Dave Innis, Art Director

Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary (#30)

“It’s really hard to pick just one, and while I love the final line in High Horse Coffee, I’ll have go to with Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary. I remember taking way too long to figure out what was going on when I first listened to it, but now this goofy joke gets me every time. Also, Garow is a great name.” – Evan Jacover, Chief Technology Officer

Stay up-to-date on the latest information about The Jackbox Party Pack 5 by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And, enjoy more music and sound from Jackbox Games on our Bandcamp page.

Which YOU DON’T KNOW JACK commercial is your favorite?

Announcing Game Three of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Mad Verse City”

Announcing Game Three of The Jackbox Party Pack 5: “Mad Verse City”

Come back to the 90’s with us, for a tour de force of the greatest rap beefs of the era. Except, in this timeline, that era went a little differently. We call it Mad Verse City, and it’s the third game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5.

Giant robots have invaded, and they want one thing: to set the city ablaze with their best verses. Thankfully, all citizens of Mad Verse City are out of town, except for a thirsty and rambunctious crowd and our esteemed hosts, Chicago legend Shadow Master MC and his sidekick, DJ Raych. They’re going to do their best to referee this competition as these Titan MCs let loose on the mic. At stake are mountains of cash, and the respect of whatever is left of the city when they’re done. Join them this fall to decide who is the greatest in Mad Verse City!

Features:

* Beautiful, retro-cartoony art.

* The ability to write sick rhymes using your smartphone.

* Hear your MC avatar rap the bars you write out loud (they’re a little robotic, but they are doing their best).

* HUGE scores. Try to make a million dollars!

* “Write for Me” and “Suggestions” to help you when you’re off your game.

* Cheer along during the raps and hear the crowd roar.

Watch our friends at Polygon give a first look at an early version of Mad Verse City here.

Mad Verse City will join YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and Split the Room, along with two other to-be-announced games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates about the pack, coming this fall. 

These Party Games Will Save Your Family Reunion

These Party Games Will Save Your Family Reunion

July is National Family Reunion Month (yes, there is even a month for THIS). We don’t want to make assumptions about your family but when the evening of “Family Reunion: Day 3” rolls around you might be in need of an emergency activity to liven things up.

Let Jackbox Games be your go-to party game that will provide a much-needed break from:

  • Questions about where your ex-girlfriend is living these days because she was “Such a nice girl!”
  • Advice about how to price-check brake pads from your Mom’s loudest Uncle
  • Repeating the only accessible and semi-humorous story you have about your job over and over again

First, you’re going to need to remember to pack an iPad, laptop, or Nintendo Switch with your Jackbox Game already downloaded. The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is available on multiple platforms that allow you to play in locations other than your own home.  If you’re using an iPad, check out this blog post about how to connect it to a TV to make it easier for others to view.

Then, we suggest playing this video for everyone about how to connect to the game. Each player will need a smartphone to join. If you have more family than the game has players, excess people can still join as an audience member on their phone and participate in gameplay in other ways.

From there, you’re off to the races! Want to learn weird facts about your cousins? Try Fibbage: Enough About You! Want to avoid things getting too competitive because you still have 4 more days with each other? Try Civic Doodle and create art together as a team! If you’re going to yell at your family, it might as well be playful!

What are you waiting for? Check out our games page to see which ones are currently on sale now!