For us, Jackbox Games is the holy grail of social distance gaming: its multiplayer board games are simple to learn but still great fun to play, and it’s also easy to stream or screen-share games from one device. to a group for a virtual game night. Everyone plays through a web browser on their phone, so no apps or consoles are needed. You can even mirror your Android or iOS device to your TV.
Here’s how the Jackbox Party Pack works: A person must purchase one of seven Jackbox Party Packs, or one or more individual games, on Steam (for PC, Mac, and Linux). The bundles contain five games and are usually $30 each, but you can sometimes find them on sale for less. The packs are also available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and other devices.
After purchase, you can jump into a video chat via Zoom call, Skype, Google Hangouts or wherever you prefer for a video call, start the game on your laptop and use the screen sharing option so that all other players on the call can see the screen, too. As mentioned, everyone plays on their mobile device using a browser and heading to Jackbox.tv, where you will be asked to enter a room code.
Other options include using Steam Remote Play Together, Discord screen sharing, sharing through your game console, or just setting up a webcam in front of your TV. Jackbox also provides information on how to stream its games.
Each pack includes a variety of different games that might ask you to answer trivial questions, draw weird doodles, or write the best joke. The games are light, humorous and include clear instructions, so they are easy to understand for the most novice players. But if you like a little more complexity, this year’s Jackbox Party Pack 8 features games that involve social deduction and clue hiding.