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.
This would all be well and good, but if the games were bad no one would care. Thankfully, most of the games are a blast as well. Fibbage XL, my personal favorite, has you creating fake answers to trivia questions and Drawful, another house favorite, tasks you with drawing really bizarre pictures on your touch screen. This game is the best thing to happen to couch multiplayer in a long while. It’s one of those concepts that I sincerely hope gets reproduced many times over in other games. It may seem like a steep ask for $25, but it will end up being worth it since you’re getting 5 games out of the deal. This game truly deserves to be as high as it is, at number 3, on my game of the year list for 2014.