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The Jackbox Party Pack 2 Review [PC]

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Party games are a staple in my house. I have a huge family and when we have parties, sometimes regular video games just don’t cut it. I can think of few games that can accommodate the guests I have over. There are never enough controllers for everyone, forcing some people to sit out. Even when we have a turn taking system in place, games are often so lengthy that it’s unfair to make the others watch as you play. The Jackbox Party Pack series solves this problem. The games are short (they take about ten minutes each with the exception of Bomb Corp.) and the controllers are your internet enabled devices. You just need a web connection to play. I loved the first one so much that I decided to take advantage of the Steam winter sale and purchase the second part. If you want to become more familiar with the basis of the game, please do check out the review of the first game I have written here.

Once again, the pack is split up into five games. But this time, the games are so much more fun. There isn’t a single miss on here!

Bidiots

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There’s one drawing game in this pack. Bidiots isn’t the same as Drawful, but it’s still fun. The point of the game is less about the drawing themselves and more about how much money you’re banking at the end. You’re given some topics to draw, and on your device, a few titles show up with values. You have to use these titles and the pictures on the screen to outbid your friends and make the most money.

Pros:

  • It’s hilarious seeing your friend’s drawings.
  • The art appraisers on your screen give the funniest little tidbits. I definitely snorted reading a few.
  • There’s a screw feature that allows you to force a player to make a bid.

Cons:

  • The screw feature doesn’t apply to those who have no money. It would be interesting if, like in You Don’t Know Jack, it allowed your money to go into the negative.
  • There’s an interesting loan shark feature that gives you money with a penalty. The only thing is that it comes far too late in the game for you to actually make use of it.
  • You need at least 3 players to start the game.

Earwax

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I like to call describe this game as Cards Against Humanity with sounds. Of course, it’s toned down by quite a lot, but still hilarious. One of the players chooses a topic and the others choose two sounds to describe it. Then the judge chooses their favorite.

Pros:

  • It’s a whimsical little game.
  • It has a content filter so that younger people can play as well.
  • It has an audience feature that allows nonplayers to interfere in the game if they’re logged into the lobby. So, even if the initial 8 spots are filled, others can join as well.
  • The topics involve other player’s names which increases the interactivity.
  • You can replay the sounds before choosing the winner.

Cons:

  • You need three players to start this game.
  • There aren’t enough sounds.
  • Each player gets a random bank of sounds, and you must choose based on their name. You can’t hear it prior to your selection.
  • The game is too short. There should be a few more rounds.

Quiplash XL

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Quiplash is by far one of my favorites to play with friends. Each person has two questions on their device that they must answer. You can fill in any answer that space permits. Two players will get the same question and the other players must choose their favorite answer.

 Pros:

  • This is sure to make you laugh, especially if you fill in your own inside jokes.
  • The questions are, in no way, dull. They leave openings for some pretty hilarious answers.
  • There is plenty of time to input answers.

Cons:

  • The last round brings up an interesting concept (more than one vote) and it would be cool to explore this throughout the entire game.
  • You need at least three players to play the game.

Fibbage 2

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This is the same game from the first pack, but with even more questions than before! But, for those of you unfamiliar with the original. Fibbage is a game aimed at tricking your friends! Input an answer that you think your friends will choose.

Pros:

  • Up to 8 people can play.
  • This game is audience enabled.
  • You only need 2 players to start this game.
  • The questions are as funny as ever, and there’s even more.

Cons:

  • Some questions may repeat if you play this game a lot.
  • The game only has 3 rounds. I wish it was longer!
  • It can feel repetitive after a while.

Bomb Corp.

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I saved this game for last because it is so completely different from the others in the pack. You can engage in story mode or challenge mode. The object of the game is to use all of the clues on your device to cut the right wires and disarm a bomb.

Pros:

  • You can play with a single person.
  • It is all about team building, and you really have to work together. For that reason, it’s fun if you play with friends.
  • Challenge mode is similar to a survival mode, raising the game’s replayability.
  • The voice acting and characters for story mode are hilarious and quirky.

Cons:

  • Story mode increases in difficulty with each level. It can be really hard.
  • You have to be able to communicate with players to win the game. You have to read instructions aloud from your device. Therefore, if you’re not in the room with your friends, or streaming, it’ll be hard to play.
  • When you lose in story mode, you have to start from the beginning of the level, not from the section you were in. It makes losing frustrating.

Verdict

All in all, the game is incredibly fun for parties or get-togethers. Since the game is on PC, I was able to share my screen on my Skype call and play with my friends. The only downside that I can think of would be the internet connection. If it’s slow, your game will be delayed on your devices. You also cannot pause the game. I’m willing to look past these things though, because this isn’t a game I’ll play often on my own. I would recommend getting it, but waiting until it’s on sale.

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.