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A guide to playing Jackbox games on a TV

Jackbox TV

What Is JACK BOX?

Jackbox Party Pack video games have been released nearly every year since 2014 by Jackbox Games for a variety of platforms. The installations include five games that are meant to be played in large groups, such as with the help of streaming services like Twitch that allow viewers to participate.
Many people used the first six Jackbox Party Packs to keep up social interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic while also maintaining social distancing.
With Jackbox, you can host a fun, interactive game night in person or virtually through your TV.
As opposed to traditional controllers, everyone uses their cell phones, tablets, or computers to play these games. The series currently includes seven titles, with a further eight slated for release in 2021.
Games from Jackbox Games include YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party.
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If you’re using a gaming console, computer, or streaming device, you can play Jackbox games on your TV

You will need to confirm which games are compatible with your device before learning how to play through your TV. The information above will help you decide how to set up play on your big screen.

This can be accomplished by clicking on the game you wish to purchase, then scrolling down to the compatibility section beneath the game’s description.

If your platform or device is listed, you’re ready to buy.

Once you’ve purchased the game, you’ll need to log in to Jackbox.TV using an iPad, computer, or smartphone so you can enter your answers, enter your drawings, and vote on the best each round.

Playing Jackbox on a television using a gaming console

There is a Jackbox online store for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3, 4, or 5 and for Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X. All of these consoles support hosting some or all of the games in the Jackbox catalog. Jackbox games can be downloaded to your console and played using an HDMI cable from your TV to the console, just like when playing other games.

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Jackbox on TV with a streaming device

With the app version of Jackbox, you can also play the game directly on your Apple TV or iPad. Playing the game on the iPad requires mirroring it to an Apple TV via AirPlay. Using the app’s built-in mirroring feature, iPad users with Google Home can also cast the game to their TV.

Android TV users can purchase the Jackbox app from the Google Play Store and play straight from their TV, while Amazon Fire TV users can purchase the Jackbox app from Amazon and play straight from their TV.

Using Jackbox on a computer to play on a TV

All three gaming platforms—Steam, Humble, and Fanatical—allow users to download Jackbox for PCs, Macs, and Linux. Epic Games also offers Jackbox for PCs and Macs. If you purchase the software, you’ll have access to all the games in your purchase library.

Connect your computer via an HDMI cord to your TV, use AirPlay on your Mac or Chromecast on your PC to play games from these platforms.

If my friends or family want to play with me, do they need to do anything?

The only thing your players need to play is a smartphone or web-enabled device! there is no app or additional purchase required. It only requires a mobile device, internet access, and the ability to see the screen running the game.

In addition to quizzes, drawing challenges, word rap challenges, and more, Jackbox packs are also popular at on-site meet-ups. As this is not possible right now, we wrote a guide on how to play online.

  • Jackbox Party packs must be owned by the host
  • Launch Game
  • If you’re screen-sharing or using Steam Remote Play, the host of the game needs to launch the Jackbox Party Pack you plan to play. The game should also be launched on the PC or laptop the host intends to use.
  • Join a video conference
  • Connect Jackbox TV

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Jackbox TV Games

The Jackbox Party Pack

  • You Don’t Know Jack: The classic trivia game You Don’t Know Jack 2015. For 1-4 players.
  • Fibbage XL : The game Fibbage XL involves 2 to 8 players. In this game, players attempt to trick their friends by providing fake answers while answering trivia questions.
  • Drawful: Playable by 3 – 8 players, Drawful is essentially a variation on Fibbage, where you draw bad sketches and try to fool your opponents by concocting clever titles.
  • In Word Spud:  teams of two to eight players suggest individual words, then vote on them.
  • Lie Swatter: 1-100 players. In this game, players are shown a strange fact and they must determine whether it is true or not. Recalls an earlier mobile game by Jackbox that is no longer available.

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The Jackbox Party Pack 2

  • Fibbage 2: 2-8 players. There are several new features, including a “Defibrillator” which eliminates all incorrect answers with the exception of one.
  • Earwax: 3-8 players. Participants put together sound effects matching a certain prompt. The judge decides which pair is the best.
  • Bidiots: 3-6 players. Like Drawful, except you place bids on the art instead of giving it a name.
  • Quiplash XL: 3-8 players. Players give an open-ended answer to a question via Kickstarter. Points are awarded to the funniest answers voted on by other players and the audience.
  • Bomb Corp: 1-4 players. It’s a cross between Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Spaceteam.

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The Jackbox Party Pack 3

  • Quiplash 2: 3-8 players. Introduces the ability to create your own questions. You can also use a Safety Quip if you cannot think of an answer, but you will only receive half the points you’d usually get.
  • Trivia Murder Party: 1-8 players. In this Saw-style trivia game, players are forced to participate in a Deadly Game. A wrong answer will force players to play a minigame on the “Killing Floor,” which will allow them to survive the final round.
  • Guesspionage: 2-8 players. A variation of Card Sharks, where players guess the percentage of respondents in a survey (or the audience if large enough) who answered a question in a certain way. After that, the other players guess whether the correct answer is higher or lower.
  • Tee K.O.: 3-8 players. The game reminds me a bit of Animesque Wuxai. Players draw custom t-shirt designs and make slogans. They then get a random assortment of drawings and slogans and are asked to assemble them into a shirt. The shirts that are deemed the funniest by players are then offered to them for purchase after the game ends.
  • Fakin’ It: 3-6 players. On their phones, players receive a task they must complete in the room, such as raising their hands, holding up fingers, pointing to another player, or making a face. There is one person who has not been assigned a task and has to blend in. Players vote on who they think the Faker is, and get points based on whether they guessed the identity of the Faker correctly, or if the Faker was able to blend in successfully.

The Jackbox Party Pack 4

  • Fibbage 3: 2-8 players. Introducing a new game mode called Enough About You that collects player information and incorporates it into the game’s questions.
  • Survive the Internet: 3-8 players. Other players use various social networking sites and internet sites to place the prompts in different contexts.
  • Monster Seeking Monster: 3-7 players. A dating game in which monsters disguise themselves as humans.
  • Civic Doodle: 3-8 players. Draw together in a fictional town, Doodle Valley.
  • Bracketeering: 3-16 players. The players are given a prompt, then their answers are pitted against one another in a tournament bracket in which the players receive points for betting on which prompt will win.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5

  • You Don’t Know Jack: Full Stream: 1-8 players. The classic trivia game is now available for eight players.
  • Split The Room: 3-8 players. Players answer yes-or-no questions by filling in the blanks, after which their teammates answer. The goal of the game is to get responses that are as close to a 50/50 split as possible.
  • Mad Verse City: 3-8 players. The players create rap verses, performed by robots bent on destroying the city.
  • Patently Stupid: 3-8 players. To make some money, players sell outrageous products to solve unusual problems.
  • Zeeple Dome: 1-6 players. This first action game allows you to play as aliens that have taken astronauts and forced them into games, which get points for destruction.

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

  • Trivia Murder Party 2: takes place in a hotel. New mini-games have been added to the Killing Floor, with the audience now participating in the final round.
  • Dictionarium: 3-8 players. Dictionary definitions, synonyms, and use of a made-up word are provided by players.
  • Push The Button: 4-10 players. A science-fiction game featuring a space shuttle. Players have a set amount of time to figure out who among them are aliens in disguise through a series of tests. Alien candidates must mix in with humans during these tests by responding to different prompts.
  • Joke Boat: 3-8 players. The game takes place on a cruise ship, with players creating the set-up and punchlines to jokes.
  • Role Models: 3-6 players. This game allows players to discover types of cells and organisms and determine which of their friends is best suited to different roles.

 The Jackbox Party Pack 7

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  • Quiplash 3: 3-8 Players. There is a new round in this iteration that takes on a claymation aesthetic: Thriplash, a more traditional Quiplash round that rewards four responses.
  • The Devils and the Details: 3-8 Players. The players are devils who live in suburban neighbourhoods. To boost their score, they will need to balance doing chores together and completing selfish tasks.
  • Champ’d Up: 3-8 Players. Play a drawing game that pits players’ “favourites” and “underdogs” in bizarre contests.
  • Talking Points: 3-8 Players. A PowerPoint game in which the Speaker reads text slides while their assistant sends them random picture slides to use for their speech.
  • Blather ‘Round: 2-6 Players. Presenters must describe a prompt using words provided by the game. Players can guess what the presenter is trying to describe in order to get points.