The Jackbox Party

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Author: Andy Robertson.

Overview

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.

Details

Release date: November 2014

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle.

 

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This game is good if you want to:

Commitment

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.

Costs

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

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age Ratings

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.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


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.

Accessibility

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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Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 
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