The Jackbox Party Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Jackbox Party 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, then each player connects to the computer or console with a mobile or tablet devices. 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/11/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

 

Jackbox Party 6 is rated PEGI 12 with strong sexual references and innuendo. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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