Party games for adults are few and far between, and while there are plenty of them for those who are used to using a controller, there are far fewer that are aimed at those who aren’t. The Jackbox Party Packs are collections of party games for literally anyone with a phone and an internet connection, which is a pretty wide demographic. While each pack contains a different groupings, going up to eight players, the one thing you can guarantee is that the games will be easy to get to grips with and are as fun as the people you are playing with.
The fifth collection has five different games all of which can be played with friends and watched online if you want to let people in on your weird jokes. The first game is You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream, which is the only returning game and is an entertaining foray into the world of general trivia. As ever the questions are entertaining, and this is probably the most accessible of the games, which is why it’s there to help everyone ease back into things. That doesn’t mean that the questions are straightforward, in fact you can expect to have the weirdest questions thrown at you that you can think of.
Next is Split the Room which is a what-if game that has a weirdly faux mystery feel to its presentations, tasks you with filling in the blanks in order to try and split the other people playing with the hypothetical question. The aim is to get a nice even split and make it as hard to answer as possible. Points are based on the length of time taken as well as how clean the split is. This is a great new game that is simple, but incredibly rewarding if you know your audience well.
Then we have Mad Verse City, set in a world of giant robots and rap battles. The aesthetic here has a great album cover feeling to it, the world is colourful, and the game is incredibly odd. Listening to the raps being laid down by the robotic voices is a laugh in itself, and actually trying to string together coherent rhymes is even funnier.
Zeeple Dome is probably the strangest of the bunch. You flick around your little character in order to try and hit the targets in a way that is by far and away the most experimental game in the pack. It is fun, but doesn’t reach the same heights as the other games here. That being said, just seeing the developers test out this style of game makes you wonder what kind of weird and wonderful things could be in the series’ future. After all, it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon.
Finally, we have Patently Stupid a game entirely about making products to solve peoples wishes. You get to draw an invention that has to fix a problem that is thrown at you. Then you get to give it a name and a tagline in order to present them to the other players. You can either present it yourself or let the game try and do it for you, making for a nice blending of the real world with the game itself and lends itself to the silliest moments in this pack. This is probably the funniest game in the pack, but it also involves the most work, so you really do get what you put into it.
This is a solid collection of games that is a welcome addition to anyone’s party arsenal. The Jackbox games can be a little hit and miss sometimes, but this is certainly one of the best entries and will keep you all entertained for hours. There’s some of the best game variety yet and each one feels different enough to really be worth dipping into. Of course, you’ll get more mileage the more you have people round, but even if it is sporadic this is a worthwhile inclusion.
Version tested: Nintendo Switch
Also available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, Apple TV, iPad & Amazon Fire TV