Jackbox Party Pack 1 & 2 on Nintendo Switch
Jackbox Party is a phenomenally entertaining game on console, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing any of the packs yet, perhaps you will jump at yet another opportunity on yet another console: the Nintendo Switch. If you are unfamiliar with Jackbox Party, it is a collection of games that you can play with friends, using the console and TV as your ‘hub’ and your smartphones or tablets as your ‘controller.’ The games can be wacky at times, but overall, they dish out great helping of pure fun!
Included with Jackbox Party Pack 1 and 2 are a number of games, some of which we haven’t yet experienced, and others that we simply cannot put down. When you have a house full of friends, hoping into any of these games is sure to be a good time, although understandably, a few games stand out above the rest. An Internet connection is required to play the Jackbox Party games, so despite the portability of the Switch, you’ll likely only play this in your home, or the home of your friends. Having the ability to move the game to a kitchen table, is a nice added touch to playing on the Nintendo Switch.
Overall, we highly recommend this title. Playing with friends, using smart devices as controllers, and just have a bunch of laughs is worth almost any price, and these inexpensive party packs will provide entertainment for months, if not years. Here are a few of our favorites from the first two packs!
You Don’t Know Jack 2015 – Jackbox Party Pack 1
This is where it all started. The first game for the first pack. While it is just a simple – and sometimes wacky – trivia game, it remains one of the families favorites. The game show is broken down into 7 rounds with numerous multiple choice questions offered. Although I’m not the best trivia player, I do enjoy the between question screens, the crude and witty humour, and just have a few laughs with friends, while I hopelessly get destroyed.
Fibbage XL – Jackbox Party Pack 1, Figgabe 2 – Jackbox Party Pack 2
How good are you at lying? Fibbage will test your ability to craft clever lies, to entrap your opponents into thinking you are telling the truth. A question will be posed on the screen for up to 8 players to answer, each attempting to create an answer that others think is most plausible – or in some cases, the most amusing! Tricking others into thinking your answer is the best or the supposed correct one, while you pick the actual correct answer, will net you points. The answers that come from some of these game sessions are likely not appropriate for all of our audience, so I’ll leave you with this: Fibbage XL can lead to some of the craziest, most amusing moments in Jackbox Party!
In Fibbage 2, part of the Jackbox Party Pack 2, players get the same concept but with 500 all new questions to play with, doubling the amount from the first game! The same fun ensues, and I was glad to get new and fresh questions!
Drawful – Jackbox Party Pack 1
Drawful was a game enjoyed by many of my friends and family, although not by me personally because of my inability to draw anything. In Drawful, you will be presented with a word / phrase and must do your best to draw what you read. The other players are then given a copy of your picture, and a number of words, and must choose the word you were originally given. If you can find a bunch of likeminded people who suck at drawing, Drawful can be really fun. This one wasn’t for me, but was a hoot for others!
Quiplash XL – Jackbox Party Pack 2
If you played games like Apples to Apples you might have an idea of what Quiplash is all about. Of all the games in the Jackbox Party lineup, Quiplash is definitely the most free flowing, really allowing players to do whatever they want. A joke or statement will be posted on the screen and players will have to come up with (what they think) will be the craziest, funniest, or perhaps most shocking answer as voted by their peers. The laughter in Quiplash is almost endless, and easily the MOST enjoyable game within the first two packs!
Bidiots might be the most complex of the games available in the first two Jackbox Party packs, but it is also one of the most fun. Although hard to explain, the essence of the game is that you have ‘x’ amount of money to bid on artwork created by yourself and others, in an attempt to purchase the most expensive pieces for a good price, while driving up the price on pieces with little to no value. Each player will draw artwork on their phones via prompts, and will also received interesting tidbits from the auctioneer about some of the artwork available. Sometimes these info drops are only for you, but sometimes, multiple people will get the same information. Bidiots is hard to explain, but one you definitely don’t want to pass on!
There are a few other games within the collections that we didn’t mention but most of these other games we never had the opportunity to fully try yet, or have tried and did not enjoy. Regardless of these few clunkers, when you look at the complete package of games for both Jackbox Party Pack 1 and Jackbox Party Pack 2, there is definitely a value that cannot be overlooked. We highly recommend you grab both these packs now, and get ready for Jackbox Party Pack 4!