Jackbox Party Pack 8 is a solid take on the fantastic formula

Jackbox Party Packs can be a great social tool. These packs of fun, simple minigames were a savior during the epidemic. One person is required to have the pack. Once they own it, the host can hold a Discord Call or Twitch stream so that everyone has access via the web browser. This is the newest entry. Jackbox Party Pack 8The solid contender for the series is now, and there are no filler games.

These packs include some of the following: They will also enjoy putting you up against your peers in bizarre competitions. Some are quite chill and can easily be dispatched for family holidays, or just to make friends. The games in 8 all feel a little more focused on delivering a specific experience, and the developer’s gotten better at crafting their little quirks.

DrawfulThe Animal

DrawfulIt is a great game, and one that I think ranks among the top games in previous Packs. Drawful AnimateBetter is. It’s like a feral game of Pictionary, where players are given absurd captions and limited tools to draw them. It isn’t an art project; the more you try, the better. Drawful AnimateThis adds spice to the experience by giving participants two drawing tasks. The drawings are then combined to create an animation.

This isn’t a huge change, but it’s a novel one, and it also comes with some fun tools like episodes. You can write your own wild phrases, or fill in your friends’ names so Drawful AnimateThey can be pulled up to serve as subject matter in a round. It’s a nice tool to stack on top of the base game, and players can avoid burning through all the prompts by adding their own. Drawful Animate is the headliner of this pack, and it’s a lot of fun — as long as you were already on board with Drawful vanilla.


Job Job was my surprise favorite from this pack, and it’s especially great for those who love absurd humor. You can also find this article: Career JobEveryone answers questions in small talk. These answers are fed to all the players. They must then use their refrigerator magnet skills and come up with a coherent answer. This is a quick and funny one that is group agnostic; I’d feel equally comfortable busting this one out with friends as I would with my family on Christmas Eve. You should also consider the fact that almost everything is in English JobsThe universe’s googly eyes are deeply troubling and funny, which negates the soul-draining hopelessness of job searches.

The Poll Mine

The Poll MineIt’s a charming and fun survey game. Players have to rank their choices to a difficult question — which of these terrible options can you best endure? Everyone then has to guess their friend’s answers. The nature of this game means it’s probably best with a pre-existing group who have some familiarity with each other. Fans of Party Pack Games can still enjoy the interpersonal dynamics-focused Party Pack Games. Party Pack 6’s Role ModelsThis will be a real treat.

The Poll Mine - two groups of adventurers stare at each other as the question is raised of the best pizza toppings

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The Wheel of Enormous Proportions

The Wheel of Enormous ProportionsThe simple version of a roulette wheel has one problem. You can make the wheel favor you by answering quick trivia questions. The game might give you a huge chunk of John Travolta’s filmography, then ask you which movies had him dancing. Your wins can be used to increase your chance of landing a win by granting you additional slots at the wheel. The only real downside to this minigame is that the Wheel itself is — and there’s no better way to say this — horny on main. The game’s conceit is that you are playing travelers trying to have your unique question answered by the titular Wheel. The Wheel is… a little too into helping you ascend to its spiritual heights. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a Very slightDistraction

Drawing Weapons

Drawing WeaponsThis is the most intellectual of the games. Everyone is both a murderer and a detective — the goal is to hide your own murders while uncovering the others. You are given a call card and a letter of your choice. You then have to create a weapon to conceal the calling card. The ‘A’ in Cass can become the faucet in a clawfoot tub, or the ‘C’ can make the handy edge of a mace.

With Jackbox Party Pack 8Jackbox Games has refined the process and made these games a lot of fun. Jackbox Games has also improved their quality of life by adding nice features like the ability to change volume or tick off extended timers once, rather than having to go through each minigame individually. It’s a small improvement, but a welcome one.

No single one of these games are worth the cost alone — there are Party Packs that I own as a Tee K.O. Or QuiplashI have a machine and the Pack’s games don’t offer that level of stickiness or ease in picking up. But there are no stinkers, either — everything here is something I’d feel comfortable recommending to a friend or bringing out at a gathering. That’s a valuable resource, and I figure wherever I go, at least I can liven it up with some Jobs

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