The Jackbox Party Pack 3 came out just a few short weeks ago. It’s the newest installment of crazy party games to play with your friends either over the internet through twitch or local multiplayer. To read my review on part 1, click here and for part 2, click here. This review will be written with local multiplayer in mind. I haven’t actually gotten to play with the twitch functionality yet, but there is a plethora of features with online game sessions in mind.
The Jackbox Party Pack’s selling point is the fact that you can use your smart phone as the controller. There is no need to have a few expensive controllers lying around just to play multiplayer once and a while. The controls are pretty simple; you just need an internet enabled device. There are five games on the pack, and unlike the other two installments, not a single one is a dud. They’re all pretty fun games.
Quiplash 2 is the sequel of the popular game Quiplash, from the Jackbox Party Pack 2. If you haven’t played the game before, the premise is simple. Each player is given a question to answer on their phone. Then, the answers are displayed on the television screen and the best one is voted on. It’s an improvement over its predecessor, with new topics and twitch features. You can also now create your own questions. The only cons I can think of for this game would be that it’s easy to tell who wrote what answer, because of the way answers are typed in. Still, it’s fun to see what everyone wrote.
Guesspionage is the game of percentages. Players take turns answering a question with a percentage. Take for example, “How many people brush their hair in the morning?” Terrible example, but you get the point. The individual player has to guess the percentage that they think falls into this category. The others have to guess whether they think the percentage is higher or lower than that. A pro would be the fact that there is a consistent theme. You’re a spy, and you get to choose from several sneaky looking agents.
Tee K.O., or rather, T Shirt Knock Out, is this pack’s drawing game. Unlike Drawful and Bidiots from the previous packs, Tee K.O. has another selling point. It’s all about the competition, tournament style. Each player gets to choose a fighter and a victory quote. When everyone is in the game, each player gets to draw a set number of pictures of anything they want. Really…anything! When that’s done, each player has to come up with any phrases they like, and as many as they can in the allotted time. With both pictures and phrases done, each player then gets to match up a drawing and a phrase from the ones randomly given to them. These are essentially your T-shirt designs and players vote on the best one. This continues for a few rounds until a winner is chosen. The best part? You can order your ridiculous T-shirt design!
Trivia Murder Party
Trivia Murder Party resembles You Don’t Know Jack in it’s unconventional approach to trivia questions. Each player is assigned a voodoo doll as their avatar. You find yourselves in a twisted game of trivia run by a serial killer. The loser dies…in game of course! But, don’t worry. You’re not out of the game just yet. At the end, you can answer enough questions right to take over a living person’s body and steal the victory. The moderator’s voice is a little cheesy (granted, I think that it is intentional) but the game is really fun.
Fakin’ it is the only game you really can’t play on a stream. You have to be seated in front of the people you’re playing with. In this game, a prompt is sent to everyone’s phone. Something like, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever farted.” The faker’s phone will tell them to blend in. The object is for the faker to trick their friends into believing that someone else is the faker or, for the others to successfully out the faker. While the game acts as a structure, it really is the players that make it fun. So many inside jokes, laughs, and all around fun will come out of this game. But, you do need to be able to see the other person as there are tasks like pointing to another player, and also you want to keep an eye on their body language as well.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 has a few new added features that make the game run more smoothly. If you plan on streaming the game, you can withhold the room code so that your friends are not locked out of the game by people joining in from the internet. Also, the audience feature has been added to more games which lets people watch and even interact from their phone, if not able to get into the actual game.
- Unfortunately, there is still a limit to how many people can join an actual game. Though, this may not necessarily be a bad thing because in theory, 100 players sounds like a good idea, but it could get pretty messy.
- Games are so short. I played with a max of four people for most games, so maybe that’s why. Still, I wish games lasted just a little longer.
- I can see games like Guesspionage repeating questions if played a lot.
I’d give this game a 4/5. I play the Jackbox Party Packs a lot on family game nights and with my friends. The twitch specific features are a really nice add on and compared to the other installments, each game in this pack is really fun. You can tell that Jackbox Games has really listened to their fans and improved upon what people liked and removed what they didn’t. I don’t give this game the full 5 stars because the games are pretty short and you can’t really play on your own, besides the Trivia Murder Party. So all in all, I’d say get the game!