Everybody knows that Jackbox Games bring the party. But what happens when Jackbox Games ARE the party? When Jackbox fan Jim Perry turned 50 this year, he decided to test this out! If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can take your Jackbox nights to the next level, look no further!
Step 1: Form Your Teams
You don’t HAVE to have snazzy lanyards to signify which team you are on but don’t these look cool? Jim’s party involved 3 teams of 6 people playing on separate TVs all at the same time.
Step 2: Choosing Your Game
Yes, there will be that party attendee that demands Trivia Murder Party like Freebird at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. To keep things fair and encourage some variety at your party, consider creating a random system for which game comes up next. It also takes some of the pressure off of you as the host. For Jim’s party, they found a prize wheel online and Jackboxified it.
Step 3: Make Sure Everyone Has a Good Time!
If you’re playing with friends who are new to Jackbox Games, it’s advisable that you spend some time making sure everyone understands how to play. Before they started to keep score, Jim played a few practice rounds with attendees. And, to really up the ante, he created these grammar cheat sheets to ensure that everyone’s Mad Verse City raps could pass an English test!
Step 4: Figure Out a Scoring System
Everyone loves a party with stakes. In Jim’s case, they tracked scores in 4 rounds of games and declared a first place winner, a second place winner, and, to keep things quirky, a ninth place winner. (Although, based on this scoreboard, a Jeff was bound to win all along.) A code for The Jackbox Party Pack 5 made for a sweet prize and everyone received an evening of silliness and merriment.
Next time you have a birthday around the corner, consider Jim’s sweet setup to guarantee a good time for all! Start building your collection of party packs now.
If you’re not playing Jackbox Games at your work happy hour, is it truly an hour of happiness? Yes, our games provide merriment and revelry amongst friends and family, but did you know that they also double as killer team building activities? Or, at the very least, a structured social activity that can cut through the tension of awkward small talk. You’ll never have to hear about Jim’s root canal debacle again!
If you’re already the boss (literally, not figuratively) give one of our party packs a whirl on a Friday afternoon. If you’re not in charge, (and really, none of us are in this rat race we call existence) become everyone’s new favorite coworker when you buy one of our packs on sale as a gift for the office.
A few things to consider before you get a game going:
Our handy, dandy “How to Play” video will take some of the burden off of you explaining how to get started.
Some offices have firewalls that block Jackbox.tv, the page that players will need to open in their browser in order to connect to the game. Test this ahead of time and if possible, have a wifi hotspot ready to use as a backup. Then immediately apply for a cooler job where they allow our games.
Jim might use the user-generated content opportunities to mention his root canal debacle again. This can’t be avoided, but you can send a subtle message by not voting for his answers.
Many of our recent games have Family Friendly settings that you can turn on in the game’s lobby menu before starting. This is HIGHLY recommended for an office environment! Unless you are an agent of complete and utter chaos.
Not sure which pack to go with to start the party work-sanctioned activity? Our most recent pack, The Jackbox Party Pack 5, has something for everyone! Practice your pitching and presentation skills in Patently Stupid, show off your trivia knowledge in You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream, or channel your rage by destroying aliens in Zeeple Dome, to name a few!
Unless you’re a Leo, it can be fairly difficult to make decisions. The charts say you will face many challenges this week and selecting the perfect game for an upcoming get together shouldn’t be one of them. As a Capricorn, I feel the need to share my wisdom.
After consulting several online horoscopes, I have found the best Jackbox Party Game for you! Based on your zodiac sign/the games that Marketing told me to push!
Aries – Split the Room
Aries are addicted to drama. Their favorite game is shouting Big, Little Lies spoilers in yoga class, but watching their friends Split the Room through kooky “what-ifs” is the next best thing.
Taurus – Bomb Corp.
If you need to deactivate a bomb, don’t call the police…call a Taurus. They are patient and love to work under pressure. They are also great lovers, so they know how to delay a premature explosion.
Gemini – Zeeple Dome
Zeeple Dome has the bright colors, upbeat music and constant violence that impatient Gemini’s demand. We made them third on the list because there is no way they’re reading the whole thing.
Cancer – Tee K.O.
A sentimental crab would love to have a souvenir from family game night. Tee K.O. allows them to actually make a T-Shirt they can buy…because the stars also say Cancer’s love T-Shirts.
Leo – Trivia Murder Party
If you know a Leo, they are plotting to kill you. Trivia Murder Party might sate their bloodlust and need to prove themselves superior…at least for one night.
Virgo – Fibbage/Fibbage XL
Human emotions are just puzzles for Virgos. Fibbage allows them to decipher truth from lies, a valuable skill for these robots trying to learn how to feel.
I played Drawfulwith a Scorpio and not only did they create three priceless works of arts, but they redecorated my living room and saved my marriage with their inspiring images.
Sagittarius – Monster Seeking Monster
If you’re a practical person…you want know which of your friends are werewolves and which ones are witches. A Sagittarius wants to get this sorted through a round of Monster Seeking Monster before any other game is played.
Capricorn – Quiplash
Full disclosure; I am a Capricorn. Which is why I love Quiplash, because it rewards you for being the funniest, most attractive and overall best person in the room.
Aquarius – Mad Verse City
An Aquarius loves to share. Play the rapping game Mad Verse City and ensure everyone gets served. (The charts say you will find this pun delightful)
Pisces – Patently Stupid
Pisces are very superstitious so I’m sad to say all signs indicate that if you do not play Patently Stupidin the next 48 hours, you will doom your life and become unappealing to all potential friends/suitors.
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.
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.