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Weak new additions to the Jackbox Party Pack

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    The Jackbox Party Pack 2

    Rating: 3.0 – Fair

    Weak new additions to the Jackbox Party Pack

    The Jackbox Party Pack games seem to have increased in popularity in recent years thanks to Twitch streaming and the like. There are three Jackbox Party Pack games available at the moment, so some may be wondering which one to pick up. As far as the three games go, the second one by far has the weakest lineup of party games.

    There are two returning games from previous Jackbox titles, albeit with new content to make them more fun. Players can dive into Fibbage 2 and Quiplash XL, which are both fine, but also have a sense of "been there, done that." These are the best games in the bunch, with Quiplash XL being the standout and the best reason to pick up The Jackbox Party Pack 2.

    The new additions are all fairly weak, which is the biggest problem with The Jackbox Party Pack 2. Earwax is by far the most annoying addition, with players selecting sound effects and one player serving as the judge determining the winner. The sound effects are annoying and as a party game, it’s just not very compelling.

    Another new game in The Jackbox Party Pack 2 is Bidiots. In Bidiots, players draw "art" that is then bid on by other players in the audience. The goal is to have the most money by the end of the game. This mode can be fun, but there’s a little bit too much going on for it to be all that fun of a party game. It even throws in the screws from You Don’t Know Jack to force players to bid, so it’s just messy and not as fun as the drawing game from the first Jackbox Party Pack, Drawful.

    The final party game is Bomb Corp, where players work cooperatively to dismantle bombs. Each player is given different instructions, and players have to communicate and work together to dismantle the bombs. Bomb Corp restricts the number of players to just four, and while the strongest of the new games, it still fails to be as engaging or entertaining as most of the lineup from the first Jackbox Party Pack or Quiplash XL.

    The Jackbox Party Pack 2 has some fun games, but players will probably enjoy the first one a bit more, as it has Drawful, arguably the most popular game that these titles have produced so far. It’s fine for gamers looking for a party game, but only if they already have the first and third game purchased.

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