March 21, 2019 at 11:13 PM #924
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
Rating: 4.0 – Great
After a weak second entry, The Jackbox Party Pack series is back on track with The Jackbox Party Pack 3. The third game in the series features four brand new games and only one returning game from previous entries – and the best part is, most all of the new games are actually fun to play and should be great for get-togethers or game nights.
The headlining game is the returning one from previous entries, in the form of Quiplash 2. Quiplash 2 is fancier than the first version of Quiplash and Quiplash XL, adding new gimmicks to make it fresh and entertaining. It’s still basically the same idea as before though, so those that didn’t like the original Quiplash won’t be won over by Quiplash 2.
Guesspionage is the first new game in The Jackbox Party Pack 3, and it is quite entertaining. It presents data from polls about certain activities, and players have to guess the percentage of people polled that said they engaged in the activity.
Trivia Murder Party is arguably the best game in the lineup. This game features a quirky horror theme and tasks the players with trying to survive by answering trivia questions. Players that fail to answer questions correctly then have a chance to save their lives in a mini-game, or else they wind up dead. Other gruesome things can happen, like players losing fingers, which makes it impossible for them to select certain answers in subsequent rounds. Trivia Murder Party has the most personality out of the games in The Jackbox Party Pack 3, and is also good for some genuine laughs.
Tee K.O. feels like the Drawful equivalent in The Jackbox Party Pack 3, as it seems every game in the series needs at least one drawing game. Tee K.O. tasks players with drawing whatever they want, and then coming up with goofy slogans to match to the drawings. Players are then asked to choose between competing t-shirt designs in the style of a tournament. This game can go on a little longer than may be preferable, but it’s still fun and those that like Drawful will likely find it as their go-to party game.
Fakin’ It is the weakest game in the lineup, which is a shame because it actually involves physical activity beyond just messing with your touchscreen device. Basically one person is chosen as the "faker" and the other players have to figure out who it is. The problem with this game is that it’s always super obvious who the faker is, and the rules are a little too complicated compared to the other games in the lineup, so anyone that decides to get drunk and play party games may have difficulty with this one.
Overall, The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is the strongest game in the series, with the most quality games. Every game is fun to play, with the exception of Fakin’ It, and it is a great game for game nights or get-togethers. It does seem to have slightly more connectivity issues than the previous two games, but it’s definitely not so bad that it makes it unplayable by any stretch of the imagination.
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