ESH | Jackbox Party Pack 5 Review

Jack­box Games has been putting out some qual­ity party games for some time now. I would eve go as far as to say that they rev­o­lu­tion­ized the party video game genre with the release of the orig­i­nal Fib­bage. After sev­eral new entries, there’s always the chance that they could be run­ning out of ideas. Not every pack of games has been lived up to the high highs of the series as a whole, but I am pleased to report that The Jack­box Party Pack 5 has some fresh new games that keep me con­vinced that Jack­box Games still has the magic touch in cre­at­ing awe­some party games. Let’s go through each of the entries in The Jack­box Party Pack 5 indi­vid­u­ally to dis­cuss what makes each of them great.


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ESH | The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Review

When The Jack­box Party Pack first came out, it rev­o­lu­tion­ized how mul­ti­player video games could work at par­ties. So long as every­one had some kind of smart device, any­one could pick up and play the sim­ple and addic­tively fun games. As new entries have arrived, there has been a mixed bag of as Jack­box Games has exper­i­mented with the for­mula. Com­ing off of what was, in my opin­ion, the best suite of games thus far with The Jack­box Party Pack 3, there was a lot to live up to for The Jack­box Party Pack 4. Some games suf­fer from over­com­pli­cated rules, but largely this is another fun pack of games that any group can enjoy.


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ESH | Three is the Jackbox Charm

Rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing local mul­ti­player by allow­ing smart­phones to be used as con­trollers, The Jack­box Party Pack has been a sta­ple for nearly every party I’ve thrown since it came out. None of the col­lec­tions had been per­fect yet though, as there were always a few duds in each pack. Sport­ing the best selec­tion of games yet, The Jack­box Party Pack 3 is now avail­able and might just be the selec­tion I boot up here on out when­ever I have folks over. Sport­ing four brand new games along­side my per­sonal favorite return­ing game, let’s break each of them down one by one in no par­tic­u­lar order.


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ESH | Drawful 2 Review

Ever since rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing local mul­ti­player games with The Jack­box Party Pack, Jack­box Games has been releas­ing a fairly steady stream of new titles in the series. If you own that first game, you’re prob­a­bly famil­iar with the draw­ing game included in the pack­age enti­tled Draw­ful. To stave off the hun­gry fans this sum­mer, before they release The Jack­box Party Pack 3 this fall, Jack­box Games has released a sequel to one of the bet­ter games from that orig­i­nal pack­age. Draw­ful 2 takes some of the con­cepts from the orig­i­nal and expands upon them smartly, adding not only new prompts, but a slew of new fea­tures to enter­tain guests at your next big party.


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ESH | Jackbox Returns to Party Once Again

Local mul­ti­player can be a tricky thing to set up with a group of friends. With things like a lack of con­trollers and inex­pe­ri­ence hold­ing some play­ers back, the fun of play­ing games with your friends in the room has been fad­ing into the back­ground in favor of online play. Last year, Jack­box Games answered back with one of the biggest inno­va­tions in local mul­ti­player with The Jack­box Party Pack by intro­duc­ing a way to have any­one join a game with their smart­phone. It was one of my favorite gam­ing expe­ri­ences last year, so when I dis­cov­ered they were releas­ing The Jack­box Party Pack 2 with five more games attached to it, I leapt at the chance to try it out. As there are sev­eral new games here, let’s tackle them one at a time.


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GOTY 2014 | Number 3 — Jackbox Party Pack

A few years ago, there was a big push for smart phone inte­gra­tion into con­sole video games. Microsoft had their Smart­Glass ini­tia­tive and Sony fol­lowed their lead with the PlaySta­tion app shortly after­ward. Since then, aside from a few games putting the mini-map on an iPad, there really hasn’t been much uti­liza­tion of this. Enter Jack­box Party Pack and one of the more inno­v­a­tive moves to take place in gam­ing this year. This game allows any­one with a mobile device to log on to their web browser and play the game via touch screen. This elim­i­nates the need for extra con­trollers and all but assures every­one can play. One of the games, Lie Swat­ter, even sup­ports up to 100 players.


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