The Jackbox Party Pack Review [PS4]

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For Christmas, I got a neat little game, The Jackbox Party Pack on the PS4. I turned on the game and was immediately brought to the menu which boasted five games. Word Spud, Fibbage, You Don’t Know Jack, Drawful, and Lie Swatter. I clicked on a game, and a lobby was brought up on the screen. A code was displayed, and I was prompted to go to jackbox.tv with an internet enabled device to join the game. That’s right. No controllers were necessary to actually play the game with friends. This is the most unique feature of the Jackbox Party Pack. You can play with up to 100 players (most games range from 4-8 though) as long as each have a device that can connect to the internet. The questions will appear on the television or computer screen that you start the game up on, so you can’t really play with people who aren’t in the same room as you. (There are ways of course, you could stream or share the game screen if you’re on the pc. But, on PS4 the best bet is to point the webcam towards the screen so that the other players can see what’s happening). Your phone is used to input the answers so that others around you can’t see them, because what fun would it be playing a guessing game if you can see my answer? The Jackbox site allows you to enter the game code and a unique nickname. Both are disposable for each game and time that you play.

Fibbage

Now, on to the actual games. I’ll start with the strongest game. To me, Fibbage is the real star of this pack. The object of the game is to fill in the blank with an answer that can fool your friends into thinking it’s true. If they choose your answer, you win some points. But, you want not only to trick them, but to guess the correct answer yourself. It’s hilariously funny.

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Pros:

  • You can play with up to 8 of your friends.
  • This is one of the games on the pack that you can play with just two people if you want to.
  • The questions are ridiculous, and you’ll find yourself laughing at the hilarious truth!

Cons:

  • There aren’t as many questions as you’d think. After a certain number of games, you’ll start to feel like the same questions are showing up (which they probably are).
  • The game only has three rounds, and lasts about 15 minutes.
  • It can feel boring and repetitive if you decide to play a few games in a row.
  • You have to be aware of the grammar of the sentence otherwise it is too obvious that the answer is fake, but I don’t really think the game developers could do anything about this.

You Don’t Know Jack

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You Don’t Know Jack has had adaptions on many systems over the year. I myself discovered it for the Xbox 360. It’s a ten question trivia game that boasts ridiculous questions and even more ridiculous answers. The person who answers the question correctly gets points, and the faster they do it the more points they get. Wrong answers deduct from your score. There are also several interlude challenges between the trivia questions.

Pros:

  • This is the only game on the pack that you can play alone.
  • The questions are hilarious, and will have you laughing.
  • There’s a feature that awards you points for finding the secret answer.
  • You can drastically change the game with the “screw” feature.
  • A lot of unique questions and they are not randomly generated when you start a game, so you know that you won’t get repeat questions if you click a game you haven’t played yet.
  • This is the longest of the games.
  • The host who reads you the answers is quite the character.

Cons:

  • There is only a certain number of games. They cannot be replayed because you’ll already know the answers.

Lie Swatter

Lie Swatter is a quick trivia style game. You’re given a statement and you have to guess whether it’s the truth or fiction. Whoever is faster gets bonus points.

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Pros:

  • You can play with up to 100 players.
  • The facts are interesting.

Cons:

  • It’s not something that you’ll find yourself playing over and over again.
  • The game itself is very short, and can feel very repetitive after a while.
  • It has nothing that will make you and your friends giggle, because you don’t input anything.

Drawful

The next game is Drawful. You’re given a topic on your phone/tablet/internet enabled device (hilarious ones at that) to draw. When a drawing is displayed on the screen, you have to write what you think the topic was. Like Fibbage, you want to try to get your friends to pick your title.

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Pros:

  • You get to draw your own profile picture (which can get some hilarious results!)
  • The topics/titles are hilarious!
  • Up to 8 players can join the game.
  • You get to actually draw!

Cons:

  • You need three people to start the game.
  • Some of the titles are so specific, that it’s obvious that it’s the answer.
  • Really short game play.
  • There is no eraser.
  • You don’t get to choose what color your ink is.

Word Spud

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The last game in this pack is Word Spud. Basically, a word is given and you must type in an answer to connect to it. The other players can approve or deny the answer. If the answer is denied, a random word is generated and play continues.

Pros:

  • It was funny to try to make a sentence out of the connected words and read it out loud after words.
  • Because you come up with the words, it can be played without seeming repetitive.

Cons:

  • I don’t understand the point of this game. It isn’t engaging or fun. My brother and I found ourselves trying to come up with some sort of challenge within the game for ourselves because literally, all you do is type words in.
  • When you play with two players, you have full power over whether your opponent’s words are kept or discarded, which can be unfair.
  • We played this game twice and haven’t touched it since.

My Verdict

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The Jackbox Party Pack is extremely fun, but only if you have other people to play with you. If you’re playing on your own, you can only experience one of the games. 4/5 of the games are fun to play with, and I’d definitely recommend this if party games are your cup of tea. I have a big family, so using our phones instead of having to buy a controller for each person is great. I would say buy this game, but wait until it goes on sale, because it isn’t something that you can play every single day without tiring of it.

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The only thing I love more than video games is writing. I'm a Creative Writing major with a dream of becoming a professional video game writer. You can usually find me around story-driven games, because I love a good plot. When I'm not writing or gaming, I'm crafting, cosplaying and just enjoying life.