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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Jackbox Party (2014) series offers collections of party games using the smartphone and TV combination but can be played on most devices. This, like That's You, offers a novel way to play together as a family.

The games are played by connecting online, and then each player connects to the computer or console with a mobile or tablet device. Each challenge round is completed via these devices with results shown on the main screen.

There are a series of Jackbox Party packs each containing a range of games. For example, in You Don't Know Jack (1-4 Players) four players are tasked to answer multiple-choice trivia questions. The quicker you answer the more points you score. You can force other players to answer more quickly and earn a bonus if they fail. Or in Drawful (3-8 Players) up to eight players individually are given a phrase and a drawing canvas on their local device. They have to draw the phrase so that other players can correctly guess what it is when it appears on the TV.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Jackbox Party 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication game with Creative and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 10 players in the same room or as a 10-player online game. Games are generally limited to around 8 active players, although up to 10 on Nintendo Switch, but any other players connecting to the room after these players are connected become audience participants, who can impact how scoring is determined and influence the winner.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Jackbox Party 6 is rated PEGI 12 with strong sexual references and innuendo. This game contains infrequent sexual innuendo. In the game ‘Role Models’ a number of questions and answers contain sexual references. For example, a round regarding “methods of hiding genitals”. In this game, the players are given a variety of characters and situations which they must pair to the other people playing.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The range of games on offer means you can find one that fits any age and a range of skill sets. Provided team play and a little pressure is acceptable, it's a great fit for even young players (who can be helped by an older player if need be).

CostsCosts

The Jackbox Party usually costs £16.75 to £29.49.
 

The Jackbox Party Pack

Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 10

Switch Store Switch £29.49

The Jackbox Party Pack 2

Switch Store Switch £18.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 3

Switch Store Switch £20.03
Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 5

Switch Store Switch £23.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

Switch Store Switch £25.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 7

Switch Store Switch £23.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 8

Switch Store Switch £23.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

The Jackbox Party Pack 9

Switch Store Switch £26.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

The Jackbox Party Starter

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75

The Jackbox Party

XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/11/2014, updated in 2015

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-10 (10 online)

Genres: Communication (Creative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Jackbox Games (@JackboxGames)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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